Choosing Your Dog Breed

Before you decide which type of dog is best for you, there are several questions you should be asking. This article will be helpful with those questions.

1.How Do I Choose A Dogbreed?

The first thing is to consider what breed of dog you would like. If you are someone that finds the same type of dog to be very attractive, that is not necessarily the best choice. Now picture this: You’re in love with both the globe and beach walks with your designer dog, and you don’t even leave the beach. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Maybe your spouse suggests that you get two of them. Maybe you would like to surprise a date on that beach walk, but you also love spending time on the beach with a dog, a symbol of companionship, long walks on the beach and the outdoors. There are thousands of options. Toss out the Golden Rule, draw a hard line in the sand and choose which dog breeds you want. If you have a love for a particular type of dog, go ahead and chat with your spouse about which dog breed “ously” they would get.

2.Do I Want an Adult dog or a Puppy?

The advantage of getting a puppy is that you will be able to train him yourself, you will know what you’re getting in to and you will most likely enjoy your time with them. This type of companion can be easily trained. The disadvantage is that you must raise them and give them adequate exercise and attention if you wish to have a well behaved adult dog. The nicer alpha dogs and toy dogs tend to be more difficult to train. Some will never be trained.

3.If I have my heart set on a particular breed, how will I go about acquiring it?

Now this is where you need to be honest. If you want a show dog you’ll need to go through a rigorous process to get it there. It’s not impossible to do it yourself but the task would be tougher and more time consuming. If you’re urges are to do it yourself, be prepared for some hard work. You’ll need to spend hours upon hours with them and just as with raising a child. In all honesty, it’s a lot of work!

4.How much money do you have to put aside for your new puppy?

Bringing a new puppy into your life, destroying the® and décor in your home, and the initial outlay of having to buy toys, beds, food and training supplies and more, is a bigger expense than you think. It’s estimated that it costs between $500 and $2000, depending on the breed. That covers the expenses you would incur from having a puppy, and what you would spend in training and looking after them for their entire life. This is an expense any furry person can potentially afford.

5.What should you look for when buying a puppy?

There are many points to be considered when choosing a puppy. Ask yourself the previous training experience you had with dogs, how much time you have for socialization and how smart your are. Your breeder will give you an idea of the different personalities that are out there but you will need to determine if you want a smart energetic dog or a mild mannered one. You will be happier and so will your puppy with one of the latter two.

6.Will training my puppy be hard or easy?

It’s a huge question and depends on the question you’re asking. If you expect it to be easy, prepare yourself for being the one to carry and feed them. If you think you’ll need help, maybe you should consider a older dog who’s already been trained. Another option is to purchase one of the many puppy training classes; these are a great way to introduce training techniques directly to your puppy for a fraction of the cost that you would spend teaching them yourself.

7.What is my lifestyle like?

Will I have time for a puppy? If you’re rushing, have no time for training, got a family, got a job 8-10 hours a day, it’s difficult to give a pup the attention it needs. Puppies also need training and age appropriate things, but you do get to save a lot of money and hours of aggravation.

8.Will I be able to train my puppy?

This is a harder question to answer. If you choose a good breeder they should be able to give you a pretty good idea of your pup’s future character and skills and how to train him. Otherwise you are making a lot of potential enemies. It’s better to make a good decision early on whether you want a mellow laid back dog or a more reserved, assertive character.

Personality and Appearance

Personality is a difficult question to answer. We have a habit of picking and choosing who we want to spend our time with.