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Best Mate

Posted in Breed Related with tags , , , on February 20, 2009 by exigentbarker

If you are interested in purchasing a dog, adopting a dog or even giving a dog as a gift, there are many things you must consider to ensure that both the dog and its owners are happy. All breeds of dogs have different temperaments and personalities, so it is imperative to research the breed that you have interest in, and to consider a breed that will mesh well with your family, lifestyle and personality. The American Kennel Club divides breeds by purpose and personality and can be a useful tool when distinguishing personality traits among different dogs that are AKC registered breeds. However you can find breed information and temperaments for any dog breed online, simply by performing a search of the breed name. Keep in mind that the information online may contain some stereotypical information, for example “American Pit Bull Terriers are an aggressive breed that will attack you.” This acquisition is a complete stereotype of this breed. If raised properly and socialized as a puppy Pit Bulls can be a very friendly, obedient breed. Raising and socializing a dog properly is very important for developing a friendly, non-aggressive pet. However, personalities of dogs can also reflect the attitudes and temperaments of their parents, so if at all possible it is a good idea to meet the parents of a prospective dog. Many breeders will not have any problem introducing you to the mother and father of your new pup.

Your lifestyle is also a very important piece of the puppy purchasing puzzle. If you are an active person and you like to be outdoors you will want to look into a dog breed that is active as well, such as an American fox hound. If you have a lazy lifestyle, are you going to be happy when your dog is jumping up and down in front of your TV interrupting your favorite show, because it wants to play? Probably not! You will most likely want to consider a breed of dog that is more content just relaxing; a French Bull Dog may be a good choice for you.

Purchasing a puppy can be very exiting and fun, but if you are not prepared for the commitment and responsibility you may have regrets over time. Before you buy a dog, carefully consider the responsibilities it will entail. Feeding, walking/exercising, and yes, cleaning up after your pup uses the bathroom, which could be your living room, hallway and even your bed. These are all responsibilities as a pet owner, some obviously more fun than others. By doing the necessary research, you will be able to make an educated decision about which dog breed will “fit in,” to your life.