January 20, 2018

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Dog Breed For Your Family

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Looking for a new pet for your family can be difficult to do because there are so many choices. But, the truth is that not every dog has a personality suitable to your familys lifestyle. There are actually quite a few things to consider before bringing home a dog and failure to do so could result in disaster for both the dog and your family. Some things to consider include The size of the breed, how good they are around, the amount of exercise they need, the amount of food they will be eating at any given period of time, the ability to locate the desired breed at an affordable cost, and what kind of health issues that could be expected with the dog breed.

The size of the breed or dog is an important thing to consider. If you live in a small apartment you wont want a great dane but if you have a large amount of land and an active lifestyle you might love to have a larger dog. One thing to think about when looking at puppies is that the small little puppy they are holding onto right now could easily grow into the massive giant pet that cant fit in your home.

If you have children, or grandchildren that visit regularly then it is critical you find out if the dog is good with kids. If they have a bad temperament with kids or have been shown to be aggressive with them in the past, then you may need to consider a different breed. Remember that kids can be kind of rough with a dog so If you are considering one of the toy breeds you will have to be sure that you dont let the kids alone with your now dog, especially if he is a puppy, until they can properly learn how to handle small dogs. If you want a dog they can roughhouse with than a larger breed is probably a better choice.

Of course, you will want to take the type and amount of food into consideration as well. A larger dog is going to be much more expensive to feed than a toy poodle, but all in all, dog food isnt really that expensive so this probably shouldnt be a major factor in your decision making.

Locating the pet from a reputable breeder should also be considered. Of course, reputable breeders may charge a slightly higher cost than what they are used to seeing, but that is because they often offer a pedigree or guarantee of health. Beware of puppy mills and make sure the parents of your dog are free from genetic diseases (the breeder should be able to certify this). If you dont want to spend a ton of money then you could consider looking at a rescue shelter for your dog. These dogs are usually very even tempered and make great pets and you can often find pure bred dogs if you have your heart set on a certain breed.

Most breeds are prone to certain diseases so you will want to look into this beforehand so that you have an idea of what problems might crop up. This should also be looked at from a standpoint of future vet bills. Mixed breeds or mutts are usually a lot less prone to diseases that pure breeds are so if you are on a budget, this is another case for rescuing a dog from the shelter.

Adopting a new dog into your family can be a joy, but if it isnt the right dog it can quickly turn to disaster. Make sure you assess your familys lifestyle and try to find a dog whose personality will fit in. If you are a family that loves outdoors, camping, hiking and sports then you will want a dog that likes the same and has the stamina to keep up. On the other hand if your family is more of the video game and movie type then you will want to choose one who is low key and doesnt need a lot of exercise. Making this important decision wisely will insure you adopt a dog that is a perfect companion for you and your family!

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