I have seen many people choose their “dream dog”, and they end up becoming frustrated and realizing their “dream dog” wasn’t what they expected. I had a friend just the other day say to me that they wanted a pure bred dog from a breeder because the dogs health and temperament would be better than a mutt from the pound. The belief that a dog coming from a breeder will have less health and temperament issues is a misconception. Because dogs are being bred over and over again within the same breed, there will more likely be problems.
Let’s take a big breed such as a Great Pyrenees. They are very large dogs and are prone to have myriad of health issues as they get older. Among the problems they can have are bloat, hip dysplasia, bone cancer, luxated patellas. Also, they can develop skin problems in very hot weather.
Now let me be very clear, a reputable breeder will breed dogs very carefully. They research the pedigree of the animal, have Veterinarians check the potential parents out as well as conduct temperament analysis. They make sure that they have the best possible attributes of the breed and try not to continue a line that has major health or temperament issues.
When choosing a dog make sure that the dog will be right for your particular family. If you have a very large yard or a farm and will be working with the dog quite a bit and challenging them on a regular basis, a working dog might be the dog for you. If you live in an apartment, and do not have a big place a toy or smaller dog may be the right one for you. But, there is more to it than that. Are you going to take your dog everywhere with you or leave it at home all the time? Are you willing to have 2 dogs so that they keep each other company? They are pack animals and are happiest when with their own kind if you can’t be there all the time for them.
As you can see there are a ton of questions to ask yourself before considering what type of dog to get. Just because you may love a Great Pyrenees and think it’s a wonderful and beautiful dog (which it is, I might add), but live in a small house with a small yard. You may want to reconsider a different breed.
Below is a list of questions that you will need to ask yourself and your family before thinking about getting a dog. Whether, it is a pure bred from a reputable breeder or adopting from a rescue. Also, keep in mind if your wallet is a little strapped you can always look for rescue groups for a particular breed that you are looking for. You will be surprised what beautiful pure bred dogs are out there that need a forever home.
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What breed is right for your family?
Are you looking for a purebred or a hybrid dog?
Have you ever owned a dog, or will this be your first?
Do you feel you are able to control a dominating dog?
What sort of residence do you have?
What size yard do you have?
Age of youngest child, if any?
What size dog are you looking for?
Do you want a dog that does not shed?
Do you want a dog considered good for allergy sufferers?
How much time are you willing to spend grooming your dog?
How much time do you want to spend exercising your dog?
What kind of protection ability do you want your dog to have?
This quiz is from: http://www1.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm
Final note: Please be a responsible dog owner and have your new pup spayed or neutered.