How to choose a dog?
You want a puppy to appear in your home, but you don’t know how to choose a dog. In this article, we will reflect on how to choose the right dog, what aspects of your life you should pay attention to when choosing a breed of animal.
Which dog to choose - general tips
In order not to be mistaken with the choice, first you need to answer a few questions.
The purpose for which you are getting a pet. You must clearly understand why you need a dog. For example, for protection or just to brighten up loneliness. Breeding worked hard, breeding different breeds of dogs for specific purposes, at this moment we will discuss in more detail later in the article.
Your physical fitness. Choosing a puppy, you should understand that he will grow up and turn into an adult animal with certain physical characteristics, can you cope with it? Do you have enough strength to keep him on a walk? You can suffer from your inability to cope with a dog not only you, but also those around you, because dogs are not born educated and obedient.Therefore, soberly assess your physical capabilities and the capabilities of your relatives, because you will not always be able to walk with your pet, and you need someone who can replace you for a while.
The size of your home and its location. Sometimes a dog takes up a lot of space, and not necessarily because it is gigantic. Even a small dog can be so active that you and her will not turn around in your spacious apartment. It is very important that there is a place near the house where you can walk your dog, as at first you will often have to walk with the puppy.
Your financial position. It is not easy to feed a large dog, but small breeds also require special nutrition, so you will appreciate in advance whether you can keep your pet properly.
Characteristics of a dog
In addition, when choosing a dog, it is necessary to determine the most significant characteristics of the dog.
The size of the dog. How big do you want a dog? The choice is great - from decorative to giant, each person will find a breed to their liking.
Activity level This indicator is more dependent on the breed. However, it should be understood that in each breed dogs are individual.It is very important that the pet's temperament matches yours. If you do not like to walk a lot and do not consider yourself to be an active person, then you should start a “lazy breed” (for example, basset hound). But remember - any dog needs physical exercise, just for some more, for others less. In addition, there are rocks that are very much affected without a host. And you may be surprised to return home after going to work or even to the store.
Caring for a dog. Basically, it concerns the care of wool. All dogs fade, except for the bald ones, of course, but they are generally special care - skin care, creams, weatherization of the dog. The opinion that wool is less from short-haired dogs is a delusion, they also shed as all other dogs, and sometimes more. However, their wool is much harder to clean than the wool of long-haired dogs. Relatively little wool from the hard-haired dogs (for example, from terriers), but they need to be cut regularly (every 2-3 months), and this pleasure is not cheap, and it spends your time. Grooming long-haired dogs is very difficult, it rolls and falls, requires daily care.In addition to wool, certain breeds of dogs need special care for their ears (usually these are breeds with hanging ears). Some breeds suffer from abundant salivation (for example, mastiff), others - flatulence (English Bulldog).
Age. You can take as a puppy, and an adult or elderly dog. The latter are rarely taken - they require special care. Usually people take puppies, but raising them requires a lot of effort and time, and sometimes changing furniture and renovating an apartment, as puppies often spoil the interior and things. And it is not always possible to bring up an obedient dog. If you do not have time for training, then it is better to take an already raised adult dog. In this case, you already see its real size and ability.
Breeding. If you decide to take a purebred dog, carefully study the breed, consult with the owners of such dogs, for example, at the exhibition. With purebred dogs is more difficult, as it is usually a mixture of different breeds. You cannot be sure of what size an adult will be, although the character of such dogs is usually good and they are fairly easy to train.
Floor. Some simply rely on the love of this or that gender,but then they face difficulties, such as estrus, the appearance of puppies - for owners of bitches, sometimes it brings enough inconvenience. However, males can run after an empty bitch. And when choosing a male you need to understand that they usually grow the largest females.
By answering these questions, you decently narrow the range of dog breeds to choose from. Now we’ll focus on the following question: what breed of dogs to choose for a particular purpose?
Which dog to choose for home?
If you live in an apartment, then it is better to have a not very active breed or decorative dog. The latter can not even walk regularly, many owners put them trays at home, like cats.
Which dog to choose to guard?
To do this, there are specially bred breeds of dogs, such as Dobermans, Rottweilers, Great Danes, Boxers and others. Choose the one you like best.
Which dog to choose for a child?
It is very important to consider that not all dog breeds will suit you if you have small children or will be in the near future. It is better to opt for good breeds: St. Bernard, Newfoundland, English Bulldog, Collie. If you choose a dog for a child, consider when choosing the character of your baby.
Now you know what you should pay special attention to when answering the question of how to choose a breed of dog.