So you have been thinking about this for quite some time. The decision has been made to add a dog to your happy home. But where do you go from here in choosing one of the many dog breeds available? Most people have a certain criteria that must be met when searching for their new puppy. Do you want a small dog or a dog that will be large when grown? Are you comfortable with a dog that sheds or would you prefer the one that doesn’t? What about the disposition of the dog? Some breeds of dogs are already known to have certain traits that can be appealing if you have children. These are just a few of the questions you might want to ask yourself when choosing a new family pet.
Do a little research when choosing a dog because every dog’s distinct personality is based on its breed. Throughout time, dogs have been bred for certain qualities. These qualities and instincts can still be seen today. Dogs have been bred for herding or hunting qualities as well as sporting abilities, and there are guard and companion dogs. Unfortunately there are dogs that are bred to be aggressive and have fighting traits. From 2005 to 2012, pit bull terriers and rottweilers have accounted for about 73% of recorded fatal attacks. Documentation shows that pit bulls have been bred for dog-fighting and therefore pose a substantial danger to humans and animals alike because of their failure to show intention prior to attacking.
Other breeds are known for their gentleness and a great tolerance for children. Labradors, golden retrievers, and beagles fall in the category of children friendly pets. These dogs tend to be extremely docile and tolerate children well. The collie is a gentle and devoted dog and is also an excellent choice for families with children. Poodles and German shepherds are considered extremely intelligent and are very obedient dogs.
Since there is such a wide variety of dog breeds to choose from, answering a few questions about what you are looking for in a dog can be a helpful tool. First, decide what size dog you would like. That can substantially narrow down the field. Size is one of the most important aspects when dog hunting. Second, how much time do you have to exercise your dog? To be sure, certain breeds do require more exercise than others. Another important question is, knowing how much time you will have to interact with your dog. Are there other dogs in the house? If that is the case, make sure the breed you choose has the ability to get along well with other dogs. How much training to you plan on introducing to your new dog? Some breeds train much easier than others. Most people are happy with their dog being able to follow the basic commands. Lastly, how much maintenance and grooming, are you able to provide for your dog? Obviously long haired dogs require more grooming than short haired dogs.
Whatever breed you choose, answering a few simple questions will aid in determining what type of dog suits your family best. Training, interaction with your dog, and a lot of knowledge about the breed you are interested in will most certainly guarantee the success of integrating your new pet into the family.