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How to Choose a Dog Breed

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We have all probably seen bulldogs that look just like their owners, or maybe poodles that prance like their mistresses, or even hound dogs that move at the same pace as their owners.

People are usually very happy when they match their pet, be it a cat or a dog, to their personality or needs.

Many people think “If it’s cute that’s all that matters”. When choosing a a dog breed it is very important to spend time thinking about what you really want. Do you want a pal that your children can play with, a lapdog for yourself, or a watch dog that will make you and your family feel safe?

All purebred dogs have noticeable personality traits so you can definitely find the perfect dog for your needs. However, it does take a little research and some discussions with dog breeders or veterinarians.

Nevertheless, we see the negative side to this all too often in the veterinarian’s office. For example, an old couple with a large overpowering dog and a playful dog that wouldn’t make a good watchdog for a box of crackers are some examples of choosing a wrong dog breed. In such cases, owners tend to either find alternate location for their dog or manage to somehow endure their frustrations.

If you are looking for a noisy watchdog, you should consider getting a German Shepard, White Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Scottish Terrier, or a miniature Schnauzer.

On the other hand, for people that want a quiet dog Bloodhounds, Saint Bernards, Bassset Hounds, Newfoundlands, and Norwegian Elkhounds may be the ideal choice.

In order to choose a dog breed that will be ideal for you and your family, you need to visualize what you want and find a purebred dog to match it.

Mutts can also make great pets. There are millions of examples to testify to that fact. But you do lose some predictability when different breeds of dogs are combined.

The best way to predict personality traits is to observe the parents. This is the best indicator of how a puppy will act when it is an adult.

Future dog owners are strongly recommended to refrain from impulse buying. After all, it’s a 12 year commitment. Consult your veterinarian or at least acquire names of breeders and begin your search for your ideal pet.

There is no doubt that all puppies are cute. However, don’t be swayed by the big eyes and that lovable ball of fur. Take a minute and try to visualize what you will have in a few years.

Always consider the amount of tame you will have to spend with your dog. They will all take a lot of valuable time, training, loving, grooming or exercising. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”. Please take the time and choose a dog breed that is right for you.

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