Adopting the Right Dog for You

ingaWhen choosing to add a new canine friend to your household, you might question whether a puppy or a dog would be a better fit. Know that both young and mature dogs require a lot of attention, responsibility, energy and (don’t forget) money. This decision should not be taken lightly, as it’s a long-term commitment. There are all types of dogs, with different temperaments and backgrounds. In this post we’ll discuss some of the differences you will face when making your decision.

Big or small?

Big breeds tend to need more exercise and space to romp around in. If you live in an apartment, the space allotted may need to be thoroughly thought out. Also know that most larger breeds come with certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia and possibly bloat. Any purebreed that you are interested in should be investigated so you’re aware of the health issues you could encounter, and know what questions you should have prepared for the breeder that you choose. You can find good in-depth information here on what health issues are related to certain breeds. However, with mixed larger breeds the chances of these health concerns are greatly decreased. The reason for this is breeders look for certain attributes to keep the characteristics of the breed very close to the same criteria, so the genetic differences do not vary as much as a mixed breed would. Now not all purebred dogs have these significant health issues, but they are predisposed to a number of hereditary and congenital diseases, allergies, and skin conditions.

Small dogs are not the easy way out by any means, though. There are all types of small breeds that need just as much exercise and mental stimulation. The different breeds were bred for different reasons; some for hunting small vermin, some as companion dogs and some as a combination of the two. Again, looking into the different breeds and what they were originally bred for can help determine which dog would best fit your lifestyle and what type of temperament they are likely to exhibit. Know that no breed is more intelligent than another, but some breeds are more likely to show certain traits than others. This is by no means a given – each dog is unique.

Dog or puppy?

When it comes to choosing a puppy or an adult dog, the decision again becomes a difficult one. Some would argue that getting a puppy means you know exactly how it will be raised and how well-socialized he or she will be – factors that affect them as an adult. However, not everyone is meant to raise a puppy. It is a LOT of work, a LOT of time, and requires great understanding of how important early socialization and positive training impacts your dog. When adopting a mature dog, you (the majority of the time) don’t have to deal with common “puppy problems,” such as potty training, chewing, biting, attention-seeking and more. Not to mention everyone wants to adopt a puppy, while most mature dogs sit on the sidelines waiting for their forever home, possibly forever. No dog enjoys being in an animal shelter.

We hope that this article helps you decide what type and what age dog would be the best fit for you and your home. But like we said before, it is never an easy decision. Please do your homework, and always know that you have the option to wait. Happy doggy hunting!


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