Any breed of dog depends on it’s human partner/owner to care for them and to provide the necessary means to fulfill their needs in any condition and of course to adore and love them for life. This dependency is rewarded many, many times over with your dog’s unquestioned devotion and heart-felt affection not to mention the respect and the love you receive.
A dog quickly becomes a family member and as such it must be able to fit in with the family’s lifestyle. If it is the wrong breed of dog, brought home for the wrong reason, and/or one that fails to meet your expectations, then instead of the animal becoming a beloved member of the family, it could become a burden and an outcast. With careful consideration about the needs and requirements of different breeds and thought as to how this pertains to your own lifestyle, the end result will be four-legged loving companion, a family member that will bring you much joy and happiness for years to come and treasure a lifetime.
There are 147 different AKC recognized breeds of dogs and counting. These dogs come in many shapes, color, type and sizes. Some breeds have longer hair, others are short haired; some need lots of room to run, others just a small yard; some require laps to sit in, others are more independent. Before bringing a dog home to become a part of your family. You should ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers. Then seek a dog that best meets your responses.
- do you know how big it will grow.
- do you have enough room, both inside and outside, to meet its exercise needs.
- do you know how active it will be.
- will its temperament and personality fit your own.
- will it constantly need attention.
- do you have the time to train the puppy.
- is it easy to housebreak.
- are you prepared to forego other activities in order to tend to the pup’s needs.
- can you afford the necessary vaccinations and visits to the veterinarian.
- can you provide sufficient daily exercise routines for the dog.
- do you have time to spend taking care of the dog’s emotional needs.
- are there special dietary needs.
- are there any health problems that you should consider and be aware of.
- do you have a safe place to keep the dog when you are not at home.
- will its coat require special care and professional grooming.
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