Dog Breeds and Suitability

When deciding on a dog for you and the family think about the breed and be very honest with yourself, this is a lifelong commitment to a companion and guardian, in both emotional and monetary terms.  Please ask yourself why do I want a dog? I find a lot of people fail to ask themselves this simple question, before they embark on the dog expedition.  Getting a dog just because it’s “the thing to do” or because the kids have wanting a puppy WILL end up being a big mistake. Don’t forget that dogs may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.

A lot of dog owners forget that they may have to deal with special problems that a dog may cause, are you prepared to deal with these?  They can include flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from dogs who aren’t yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but can be common aspects of dog ownership.

When you/and the family go on holidays do you have plans for the dog? Do you know who will care for your dog while you’re away? You’ll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
Is now this particular time of your life a good time for you to get a dog? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you get a dog a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you’re a student, in the services or travel frequently as part of your work,  maybe it could be best for both dog and yourself waiting until you settle down to a more stable environment.

The beautiful long haired Afghan Hound that waltzed and graced past you with golden flowing locks and prancing steps may look like an ideal dog to have due to its beauty and elegance, you were stunned and immediately you fell in love with the Afghan breed.  Think, can I keep that magnificent coat, groomed, free from children’s sticky fingers, have I got a few hours a week to bathe and blow dry the dog to keep it free from hair mats in the coat?

A short coated dog may better suit your busy lifestyle, it is important also think about the area of your house or your unit, both inside and out.  Will the Labrador be happy in your unit, with only the couch to chew on during the day and your shoes when the couch is no longer a fascination? As they are a larger sporting dog they require a lot of exercise and stimulation.  Is your yard fenced adequately so the new addition can go outside safely?
If not, STOP, WAIT, until you have the time, money and the correct fence installed.

These are important questions regarding the safety of you and your dog and being a responsible owner. I always say to prospective owners, THINK long and hard about a new dog or puppy, its ok to change your mind on the breed due to research.  It is also OK to change your mind completely to say ” Now is not a good time to get a dog” this is also being a responsible dog owner by admitting maybe now is not the right time for a dog.

Purchasing a dog and all the time and ongoing commitment that comes with it is a big responsibility!

Ask the breed clubs, breeders, lots of questions; we all know there are no stupid questions,
and research your chosen breed with lots of books and knowledge from those that have been in the breed for a long time.    A responsible breeder will eagerly answer your questions and be willing to share experience and knowledge of their breed with you.

Parent Clubs, Breed Clubs, Breed Rescue Groups are all places that may be able to assist in the purchase of your puppy or older dog.

Always research the breed before deciding.

Selectapet is a good site to help with what breed may be suitable to your lifestyle.


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