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Choosing A Dog Breed

So, you want to adopt a dog? You’ve given careful consideration to the time and money involved in having a dog and you and your family are ready for the commitment - congratulations!

Now you simply need to pick a breed, right?

Before you make your decision, here’s some things you need to consider:

With over 70 millions dogs in the US alone, choosing a breed or breed mix that is right for you is no easy task. Of the many breeds and mixes, the American Kennel Club recognizes 143 breeds - so if it is important to you to have a “recognized” breed, keep this in mind.

Before you start looking at breeds, you will want to narrow down just what your family wants in a dog. A lap dog? A watchdog? Short haired? Long haired? While most people want a loving companion and pet, and each breed can provide that, each breed also has certain predispositions that you should be aware of before adopting a dog.

When deciding on a breed, you must consider where you live. If you live in an apartment or your house is very small, a big dog may not be practical and you probably shouldn’t consider a Newfoundland.

The dogs temperment is also a consideration. If you have small children you will want to opt for a dog that is good with kids. A little Chihuahua may seem like the perfect pet for your two year old, but in fact these dogs are very delicate and could easily get hurt by small children. On the other end, very large dogs may not be appropriate for kids either. Some breeds are more easy going than others so you’ll want to be sure to look into that if kids are in the picture.

Do you have a lot of time to care for your new best friend? If you don’t want to spend a lot of time grooming your dog, don’t get a fluffy dog that needs lots of bathing and brushing. Also, be aware that some breeds need special care with their ears, eyes and nails so take that into consideration. If you really must have a little fluffy Pomeranian, then be sure that you have the extra money to bring him to the groomer if you can’t do it yourself.

Your new dog is a commitment you will have for the next decade or more, but if you choose your breed carefully, it can be a winning situation for everyone.

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