The Right Breed for You

May 31, 2016

It’s a very exciting time when you decide to become the owner of a canine companion. But – what is the right type of pup for you? What about breeds? Where should you purchase your pup from and how can you safeguard against puppy farm purchases?

The most important stage of preparing for your puppy is considering some vital questions. Impulse purchases understandably happen as puppies are just so cute and irresistible. However, a dog is a big commitment. When deciding to commit to an animal and its care for a possible 15 years, impulse purchases should be left to shoes, handbags and jewellery.

Breeds

Do you have a breed in mind? It’s very important, particularly for first-time dog owners, to research your desired breed. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What category does the breed fall into (working, utility, hound)?
    Get a clear understanding of what your breed is an expert at. How much energy does this breed have and can you provide the right amount of entertainment and exercise? It’s not uncommon to hear of problems down the line that are simply breed related. Understanding your breed and understanding your expectations are good ways to ensure success. There is a breed to suit any home and lifestyle. Doing your homework will help you make the right choice to suit your environment and your dog.
  • How much time do you have?
    It’s very important that you are realistic with your answers. Some breeds do not take well to being left alone, while other breeds will require ample exercise and training. Being honest at this time can save you from stress and behavioural problems in the years to come.

Once you have chosen your breed, it’s a good idea to choose your breeder. With so many puppy farms around, you want to make sure your purchase does not line the pockets of those making money off the cruelty and abuse of animals. Good breeders will allow you to meet the pups and the parents. They will ask more questions of you, your home and your environment than you will of them. Do not just look online. Hop on the phone and ask around. Good breeders have no intention of selling their pups to those who cannot adequately look after the dog or provide for them. Also ask if they are affiliated with the official breed club and what papers your pup will come with. They should be vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped.

Mixed Breeds

The most popular breeds around are actually mixed breeds. These dogs have proven themselves to be hardy and wonderful companions. But, like all dog breeds, you need to consider what breeds your pup is made up of and if those breeds’ traits will fit into your home. High energy pups need to be with high energy and active homes. Even if you do not know what breed of dog you are purchasing, consider the following:

  • Space for a dog.
  • Time for training.
  • Money for desexing.
  • Time for daily exercise.
  • Money for food and general care (deworming, fleas etc.).

Shelters

Thinking of saving a pup? This can be a wonderful journey and there are many pups looking for good homes across the country. Even if you have a breed in mind, consider calling around the shelters in your area and see if any pups are available. It’s also a great way to meet your desired puppy before you invite them back into your home.

Happy hound hunting!

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