CHOOSING THE RIGHT PUPPY

When choosing a puppy, the single most important factor is that its personality should be right for you.  You are likely to have to live with the dog for the next ten to fifteen years.  It’s a shame that many pups, often bought on impulse, actually make life difficult for their owners.  A dog that is to grow up with children must be especially carefully chosen.  Probably you would like your dog to be affectionate, obedient, reliable, responsible and a playful friend.  Most dogs have the potential for all of this, but it can only be achieved through a suitable effort on your part.  Selecting the right puppy is obviously a good start and the right age for the puppy to go to its new home is 8 weeks of age.

Your home environment will determine whether you can have a large dog or not.  If you are thinking of getting one of the larger breeds, consider the following;

  • How much room have you got?
  • Will you be able to exercise the dog regularly?
  • How much attention can you give/does the dog need?
  • Can you afford to feed and maintain it?
  • Can you control it?

Some breeds simply must have plenty of room if they are to be happy.  All need somewhere to sleep, to eat and to exercise.  In general, a small dog is more suitable for someone living in a flat or house with little space.  Small

dogs eat less, produce less urine and fewer droppings and generally cost less to keep.

A young puppy is not suitable for everyone.  Older people, for example, may not want to cope with its exuberance and the mess it is likely to create.  Working couples may not have the time that a pup needs.  If you cannot afford the time and patience needed to bring up a pup properly, an adult dog may be more suitable.

The type of coat a dog has is a big concern for some people.  Long coats need lots of attention and often, daily grooming.  Shedding of coats is a consideration if the dog is to spend time inside.  Most dogs lose some hair right through the year, and lose a lot in spring.  Dogs who don’t shed need regular clipping.

If a dog is to live outside, choose a suitable breed.  The heavy-coated breeds such as Samoyed’s and Huskies are not going to enjoy hot weather, but the short coats are less suitable for frosty or wet conditions.

When you buy a puppy you are committing yourself to the responsibility for its care.  It is not just the initial cost to consider, but also the outgoings.

You will need to have it regularly vaccinated, wormed, probably neutered and perhaps boarded at kennels apart from the feeding bill.  Other costs may include registration, clipping, obedience training and sundry veterinary fees.

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