How to Pick the Perfect Puppy
If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy dog, there are a few things to remember before you make that decision. Currently, millions of dogs are euthanized in animal shelters every year, due in part to making the wrong decision on the type of dog to buy.
I made a list of 6 important things to consider to help you make the best decision finding the right dog for your personal needs as well as your personality type.
1. How much time can you devote to your new puppy? There are specific breeds, such as border collies, that require a great deal of attention and do not do well in a situation where they will be confined alone for long hours at a time.
Be realistic with your expectations and select a breed that is known for their patience and ability to spend a few hours apart from you.
2. Size Matters. Although your new puppy may be a small bundle of joy right now, in six months, you may be dealing with a monster. If you don’t have a lot of space a large breed may not be the best choice.
In addition to space constraints, it’s a good idea to remember that large dogs eat quite a bit more than the average teacup poodle and if you’re on a tight budget, a smaller dog will be more economical.
3. Research Dog Breed Traits. Buying a puppy should not be based on which dog is the cutest, or which breed you always thought looked nice. Take the time to thoroughly research these traits so that you can make an informed decision.
Some breeds shed more than others, while some breeds have known behavioral issues. For example, Great Pyrenees dogs are very beautiful, but they are bred for livestock guarding and not apartment living.
4. Research Dog Breed Health Issues. This is becoming a bigger problem due to improper breeding. Every breed may have congenital health issues, but some may be more severe than others. For example, German Shepherds are known to have problems with hip dysplasia, while some smaller dog breeds may have problems with their eyes.
5. Pick the Right Dog Breeder. Many future health and behavioral issues can be avoided simply by choosing the right breeder. Once you have decided on the breed of dog that you would like, contact that Purebred Registry for an accepted list of breeders. This will save you time, heartache, and money.
6. Consider a Pet Shelter. Adopt-A-Pet is just one of many alternative pet shelters you have to choose from and they may be a good option if you do not have small children or if you do not mind getting an older dog. You could save a life by adopting a shelter pet and still end up with a wonderful and loyal companion.
Selecting a puppy is an emotional decision, but it pays to keep these points in mind before you make your final decision. Once you’re armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to pick that perfect puppy that the whole family will enjoy and love.
5 Easy Ways to Spot a Puppy Mill
Puppy mills can be found in almost every city.
But how can you spot them?
Here are five easy signs if you’re dealing with a shabby dog breeder.
- You won’t be allowed to meet the parents of the pup you’re interested in at a puppy mill or farm.
- The address for many puppy mills is in an industrial area, as opposed to a family home.
- The areas where the dogs and puppies spend their time are not well taken care of and are confined
- Puppy mills breed a lot of different breeds at once to always have pups available.
- They don’t ask you any questions about why you want to get a dog.