If this is your first time getting a puppy or you have done it before, we have great information from our experts that will help you prepare.
After all, you will have your new friend for 10 – 15 years, so no need to rush into it.
Let’s start by talking about who will be the lead person responsible for the care and training of your new puppy. Things you have to consider is first and foremost, who is going to be responsible for taking care of the dog. Although the dog is part of the family, it must rest on one person’s willingness and ability to take the responsibility to care for the dog. This way essential issues like feeding, watering, bathing, and walking the dog does not get missed.
Next, let’s look at why the type of puppy is the right fit for you and your family. Are you an active runner? Maybe a larger running breed would be a good fit. Do you live in an apartment? Maybe a smaller, less active breed would work. It is important to find a breed that works best for the environment they will be living in. It is important to research dog breeds who best fit your personality. There is no guarantee that a new puppy will perfectly match those characteristics, so we like to suggest keeping an open mind on adopting an older breed perhaps.
There is a myth out there that the size of paws a puppy has will predict the puppy’s size when fully grown.
Researching breed size will help determine the ‘average’ size of a dog when fully grown. But mix-breeds will be harder to determine. The size of the dog is very important in relating to the size of the environment you have for the dog to live in. If you live in a small apartment, maybe a small breed dog might be best. Do you live on a farm, maybe a larger breed dog is perfect?
One last thing to consider is a dog’s looks. Don’t just look for the ‘cute factor’ when choosing a puppy. Those features will change throughout the dog’s life. Remember, you are looking for a future ‘best friend’. Once you fall in love with your new puppy you’ll find anything they do cute.
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