There are more than 150 different dog breeds. Every breed is unique and different from the rest. When choosing a dog it is important to thoroughly research several different breeds so that you know what you are in for.
Temperament is a good thing to research when seeking a dog breed. The temperament of your dog should match your temperament. If you are energetic you will not want a lazy dog. If you are lazy you will not want an energetic dog. There is an exception to this rule though. Most puppies are energetic regardless of their breed so keep this in mind.
You will need to decide whether you are able to have a large or small dog. If you live in a small apartment then a large breed of dog may not be ideal. If you are home a lot and are able to provide a large dog plenty of exercise then you may be able to get away with living in an apartment. It is important to remember that the larger the dog the more expensive it will be to feed him. Flea and tick treatments will also cost more for large dogs. Small dogs may be less expensive to take care of in terms of food and healthcare prevention.
All dog breeds need exercise. You will need to be able to provide this for them. Tossing them in the backyard twice a day is not going to cut it. Smaller dog breeds may be able to get most of their exercise by running around the house. Large dog breeds may destroy your house if you let them run around in it. All dog breeds will need to be walked and only you can do that.
If you have children or other pets you may not be able to have a certain breed of dog. Aggressive dog breeds may hurt your children or other pets. Very small dog breeds could get hurt by your children or other pets. It is best to talk with a qualified breeder to find out which breed would be best in this situation.
Are you allergic to dogs. Certain small dog breeds produce less dander than others. If you are allergic, but still want a dog be sure to choose one that sheds less. Breeds such as Terrier’s, Poodles and Bedlington Terrier’s tend to shed very little.
Not all dog breeds will learn commands as fast as others. If you are impatient you will want to choose a breed that can be trained easily. It is also a good idea to solicit the services of a professional dog trainer to help get things started.
There are many different dog breeds to choose from. There are many things to consider when choosing the perfect breed for you, your lifestyle and your family. Make sure to do your homework and talk to those who are knowledgeable before choosing the dog for you.
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