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					Choosing the right breed of dog for your family

Word Count:
568

Summary:
Are you finally ready to get that dog you’ve always talked about? Read
this article first for tips on choosing the right dog for your family.


Keywords:
pets, dogs, breed, family, breeder, kids, children


Article Body:
There comes a time for most families to add a four-legged friend to the
household. This decision is not one to be taken lightly. Choosing the
right breed of dog can be the difference between complete happiness and
absolute terror in your home. I have outlined the steps I walk through
prior to bringing a dog into my home and I recommend these steps to my
friends and family.

A good topic to discuss first is how much hair you are willing to put up
with. You are going to have to deal with your dog’s hair in some fashion.
He will either shed or require grooming. It’s a time vs. money question.
You can always take the middle ground, though, and find a dog that sheds
minimally a couple times of year.

The next thing to consider is how much time you have to devote to walks
and playtime? Some breeds require a great deal of daily exercise. Without
it, they can become very destructive. Choosing a breed with an energy
level that fits your family’s time commitment can avoid a lot of
behavioral problems.

Do you prefer a small or large dog? When considering the size of dog you
must really think about the cost of maintaining the dog. It costs a great
deal more to feed a St. Bernard than it does a Chihuahua. Medical
expenses requiring anesthesia will also be greater as physicians charge
by weight. Boarding kennels and groomers may charge by weight as well.
The general rule is, the larger the dog, the more expensive it will be to
care for him.

What type of temperament are you looking for? If you have kids, you will
want to choose a breed that has a reputation for being good with
children. If you want a good watch dog, choose a breed that has a natural
guard instinct.

After answering these questions, you can look through any dog breed book
and start comparing the qualities you’re looking for to the breeds
listed. Write down at least 5 breeds that fit your needs. The next step
is to research reputable breeders in your area (I recommend calling your
local veterinarian first) and make contact with at least 3 for each
breed. Yes, this will take time. But it is worth it to get the right dog.
Interview each breeder thoroughly and share with them your list of
qualities. Ask them if they would recommend their breed to you and if so,
why. If not, why not? The breeder will be the expert on their breed and
can prove to be a very valuable resource.

Once you have completed your research for all breeds, you will have a
much clearer picture of which breed is right for you and your family.
And, you have already interviewed breeders so you should have found at
least one that you feel comfortable purchasing a dog from. If you don’t
want a puppy, please consider going through a breed rescue organization
or your local animal shelter. There are so many great dogs of all ages
and breed type in desperate need of good homes. Your home may just be the
perfect match!
I hope you find these tips helpful in your journey to finding the perfect
dog. Take your time, do your research and you will find the companion
best suited for your family. Best of luck!