Step By Step Guide to Choosing a Dog Breed
Dog lovers everywhere devote so much time choosing the right dog breeds before they decide
to purchase a dog. For them, the dog’s breed is one contributing factor to its value. That is why most families
who decide to get some dogs, they know that choosing the right breed is crucial.
Today, there are 70 million dogs in the United States but the American Kennel Club only
recognizes 143 breeds of dogs. Still, with these numbers, choosing the right kind of dog breed for the family
can be very tedious.
However, most pet shop owners contend that the reasons why the preference of the people in
choosing their dogs may vary from one person to another is because each person has its own pre-conceived idea what
he wants in a dog. It all depends on the physical attributes.
There are those who fancy the size, the shape of the face, the looks, or even the temper.
But whatever preference an individual has regarding his choice for dogs, still, there are important factors that
one must remember in choosing a particular dog breed.
Did you know that there are several hundred dog breeds? With that large number of breeds to
choose from, how do people manage to decide which breed is right for them? Luckily, you can narrow down the
choices and find the right dog breed by
following a few simple steps.
First, consider your available space. Do you live in an apartment? If so, you will want to
rule out large dogs. Look for dogs in the Toy group, such as Yorkshire Terriers, or some of the smaller dogs in
the Terrier group, like the Miniature Schnauzer. Many people tend to forget this factor. The area of the house
should be the primary factor to consider before buying the best dog breed available.
If you have children, you will want to consider the size of your dog, as well. Very small
dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Maltese, can be very delicate and are often accidentally injured by young children.
On the other hand, very large dogs, such as Boxers or Saint Bernards, can be overly boisterous as puppies and
can accidentally turn your child into a human bowling pin. Consider medium sized breeds, such as Fox Terriers or
Lhasa Apsos, instead.
Next, consider how much exercise you can give your dog. If you have a home with a fenced
yard, your dog will be able to get some exercise on his own. However, dog breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and
Herding groups are very high energy animals and you will need to have enough time to provide them with more
intensive exercise. Plan to take a lot of long walks with your dog or go for a daily romp in the park. After
all, these dog breeds were bred to work hard and don't do well unless they have a job to do or a way to burn off
Finally, don't forget to consider grooming needs. For people who would love to buy dogs but
they don’t have time to devote so much on grooming, then, it’s best to buy those that doesn’t need too much
attention on hair grooming like the Terriers. This kind of breed of dogs has short hairs so they don’t need a
lot of fuss on their hair. Some dog breeds only need a half hour or so of grooming a week, while others need to
be groomed for an hour a day. If you are short on time, don't buy a Standard Poodle or a Maltese, unless, of
course, you plan to take your dog to a groom. Breeds like Boston Terriers or Whippets are good choices for
people who don't have time to do a lot of grooming.
Once you decide which breed of dog you want, you will need to consider the age of the dog.
Many people opt to buy a cuddly little puppy instead of an older dog. While puppies have not developed any bad
habits, it will be up to the new owner to be sure that the puppy becomes housebroken and obedience trained.
Older dogs are frequently already housebroken and usually have some obedience training. They are also more
likely to be less hyper and less destructive. However, they can have behavioural problems or health problems
that prompted the former owner to find them a new home.
Do you want to buy a puppy? If so, you will need to find a reputable dog breeder who has a
litter of the breed you are interested in. Often, a good breeder will have a waiting list for puppies. If you
aren't the patient sort, you may be tempted to buy a puppy from a pet store. However, many pet store puppies
come from puppy mills and have genetic health defects, bad temperaments, or other problems. It is usually safest
to buy a puppy directly from the breeder.
If you are interested in an older dog, you may want to visit your local animal shelter or
call a breed rescue. These groups evaluate the dogs' health and temperament before adopting them out.
Once you've narrowed down the breed choices and have decided which dog is right for you,
don't get too relaxed. After all, you still have one more important decision to make, what to name your new