a puppy, it is important to consider what it will be like when it
becomes a fully grown dog. Will it need lots of exercise, lots of
food, or will it be good with children?
lifestyle and personality should be taken into consideration before
making your choice. A good analogy would be choosing a partner to
match your habits and character. Are you active or more of a couch
will that adorable puppy be a family pet, serious guard or maybe a
little of both?
Shown below are a few things to think about when choosing a puppy.
Small – Chihuahua, Jack Russell, Miniature
Pekingese, Pug, Yorkshire Terrier
Medium – Beagle, Border Collie, Boston Terrier,
Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, Whippet
Large – Afghan Hound, Bullmastiff, Great Dane,
Irish Wolfhound, Old English Sheep Dog, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard
Intelligent - German Shepherd, Australian Sheepdog,
Belgian Sheepdog, Poodle
Good with Children – Beagle, Basset Hound, Cocker
Spaniel, Pug, Old English Sheepdog
Requires Little Exercise – Dachshund, French
Bulldog, Toy Breeds (Chihuahua, Pekingese, etc.)
Good for the City – Basenji, Boston Terrier,
Bulldog, Welsh Corgi, Scottish Terrier, Pug
Very Friendly – Spaniel, Bearded Collie, Golden
Retriever, Labrador Retriever
Quiet – Borzoi, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Whippet
Every puppy has its own individual character and temperament and
those shown above are only a general guideline. It is well worth
speaking with friends and relatives who own dogs to glean some
useful information and advice. The above guidelines are shown for
pedigree dogs. It would be much more difficult to show the general
characteristics for mixed and cross breeds because of the huge
variety of dog breeds today.
on the breed you want whether it be pedigree or mixed breed, always
ensure that you do your homework first. Learn as much as possible
about what you want. That way you will be more likely to get what's
most suitable for you both.
Casper shown above is a cross between a greyhound
and a whippet. Don't let the cool look fool you.
Although loveable, he
is very mischievous and has a liking for plastic
bottles and bunny rabbits.
Once you have decided on the breed of dog that's right for you, find
a respected breeder or better still, someone who has been
recommended to you.
If you are choosing a puppy from a litter, shown below are some
guidelines you may wish to follow.
During the selection process, firstly observe the litter without
disturbing any of the pups.
Look for an active or playful puppy but not one that is overly
dominant with the others. You may find a very dominant puppy more
difficult to train and settle into your home.
Carry out a visual health check of each puppy ensuring that they are
nice and round but not fat. Avoid any skinny
looking pups at all cost.
You can now take a closer look, paying attention to the eyes, ears,
gums and teeth. The eyes should be bright and the
coat should be clean and shiny.
Avoid any shy or fearful pups which is a very undesirable trait at
this early age.
Once you have chosen your puppy dog and taken it home, the learning
begins and it's time to
look at some training