Picking the Best Dog for Your Family

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 Bringing Your New Puppy or Dog Home Comments
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There are many of different dogs you can choose from, from purebred grand champion show dog puppies to rescues born under a trailer or a stray who has been homeless for many months.  But which dog is right for your family?  The answer has less to do with looks and more to do with your family and your needs.

Energy level is perhaps the most difficult thing to change.  If you know you have less energy and time to hike and run with your dog than you should probably not consider a hyperactive puppy but rather a middle aged or senior dog.  If your family is active and tends to be outside a great deal, choose an active pup!

For example, a hyperactive poodle mix may take months or even years to change.  While the dog is maturing, it may inadvertently or intentionally knock down small children or scratch an elderly parent with thin skin.  The dog may be sweet but just not right for your family. On the other hand, the energetic and overanxious poodle mix may be just perfect for the young active couple training for a marathon or 5k.  That dog may be able to be your running buddy and keep up with you willingly and loving.

Don’t reject or pass over a great dog just because it is the “wrong” color, shape or size.  Temperament is key when choosing a dog.

So when do looks matter?  Well, looks do count but for a different reason than you might think.  Instead of looking at the color, look at the structure and form of the dog.  Some dogs will stand a little funny or sit a little awkwardly, so who cares? Well, if you’re looking for a dog who can hold up to miles of jogging by your side, or who can run endlessly with your kids, it does matter.

So does it really matter if you purchase a puppy from an AKC show breeder of merit versus a pet store or backyard breeder? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”  This is critical because we can’t always know what is on the inside of the dog such as a well shaped hips free of hip dysplasia, ocd lesions, congenital deformities, luxating patellas, degenerative myelopathy and other health issues. Particularly, many poodle mixes are predisposed to megaesophagus and even many temperment issues including anxiety, hyperactivity and other traits while a show poodle typically was few issues.



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