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How to select the right puppy in 4 steps?





How to select the right puppy in 4 steps?





So you want a dog? But how do you know which type of dog fits you and your lifestyle? When selecting a puppy, it is important to not only go off its looks but also it's full genetic makeup.



Step 1: Evaluating

So let's start by evaluating dog breeds. What is the smallest and largest size you want a dog? While you are thinking also think about your home, your space, living restriction, etc. Large dogs are more likely going to need a larger area than the little one. Also, think about do you want a full breed or a mixed breed? Furthermore, just a side note, their size does not reflect their energy levels.



Step 2: Temperament

Next, let's think about temperament and character. Not all dogs get along well with children or other dogs. Knowing the breed temperament is vital for the relationship you both will share. The character of the dog can also be by the lifestyle you give them. So, if you find a breed and say they do not get along well with other dogs, if you already have a dog, getting a puppy and letting them grow together will show a different outcome. If you are looking for a family dog, you may want to research Terriers, Havanese, Retrievers, Bulldogs, and Bichons. If you are looking for a guard dog, you may want to research German Shepherds, Dobermans, Pitbulls, and Rottweilers. You can find great info on the American Kennel Club.


Step 3: Energy

Alright, now that you know the type of temperament that matches your needs, let's think about energy. The first question is, how much energy do you have? Do you go out for walks, do you exercise, do you play sports? Or do you like to chill next to your pool and relax? Your perfect baby should be like you. If you are a person who likes to go to the park and play ball, you may not want to get a lap dog that will have no interest in chasing your ball or let alone be able to withstand that much exercise. The second question is, how energetic do you want your dog to be? Try to consider a dog with low energy if you spend most of your time indoors. The best way to choose is by looking at yourself first. If you pick a super active dog and say inside, there may be a high chance that your pup will tare some stuff up!



Step 4: Health and Genes

Ok! we got the size, we got the temperament, and we got the energy level, let's take a look at health restrictions. No one wants to think about their furbaby getting sick, but it happens just like us humans. All dogs have something in their gene that can develop at some time. Knowing these risks can help you prevent them from occurring. Not all dogs will develop what they are pronto, but it the knowledge that can help you understand what to do if it does. For example, Yorkies are known to get Retinal Dysplasia, so you would want to get your Yorkies eye check maybe once every two years. Yorkies also can have collapsed trachea, so it is best to use a harness instead of a collar.

So now it is your turn to do some homework! Research and research are always the best things to do, not only for you but also for your new furbaby.



Stephanie Alvarenga

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