Choosing a Dog

 

Choosing a Dog

Choosing the Right Dog
Choosing the right dog for you and your family is an important and  many elements must be considered to ensure that you make the right choice when choosing your new dog or puppy. When you have considered all of the pros and cons of dog ownership you can then enjoy the fun of choosing a new dog or puppy!

 

Choosing the Wrong Dog - the Consequences
Buying a dog on the spur of the moment, without due thought, especially at Christmas has lead to the well known saying "A puppy isn't just for Christmas - it's for Life" The consequences of making the wrong decision are heart breaking - it is estimated that more than 11 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. In one year alone (1999 - 2000 ) the City of Los Angeles euthanized over 50,000 dogs.

The Cost of Owning a Dog - Feeding  - Pet Health Insurance
Based on a dog with a life span of 11 years it is estimated that the cost of owning a dog is $13,550. To calculate the cost of a new dog include the purchase price, health care, feeding and dog essentials such as collar and leash etc. Estimating how much the weekly food bill will be a good start to assessing the economics and could affect your decision as to the type of dog you choose - small dogs are obviously less expensive than large dogs. Make enquiries about the price of Pet Health Insurance - 85% of dogs visit an animal doctor in a year.

Process of Elimination
The best method for choosing the right puppy or dog is to adopt a process of elimination. Just consider all of the elements will enable you to create a 'blueprint' for your perfect dog. This process can start by taking the Choosing a Dog Quiz!

Self Test to Find the Right Dog for you - Choosing a Dog Quiz

Choosing a Dog Quiz

Why do you want a dog? Pet Hunting Showing Working
Do you want an adult  dog or puppy? Puppy Adult Don't Mind
How much money can you spend on the purchase? $20 $100 $500 $1000
How much money can you spend on weekly feeding? $10 $20 $30 $35+
Male or Female Dog? Male Female Don't mind
Size of dog? Toy Miniature Standard Large
Length of Coat ? Short Medium Long Very Long
How much weekly grooming? None 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours+
How much daily exercise? None 15 mins 30 mins 1 hour+
How active are you? Disabled Not Very Quite Active Extremely
What people live in the family home? Babies Children Teenagers Elderly
Medical Considerations? None Asthma Allergies Back Pain
Important to tolerate? Children Strangers Dogs Small Animals
How much space in the home? Limited Medium Spacious Very Spacious
Environment? City Suburbs Rural

We have developed a fully interactive, picture based, Dog Quiz which you can access via the Dog Names and Breeds Index. It's fast and fun! If your knowledge of dogs is high and you complete the Quiz you will be entitled to enter the Winners Hall of Fame! Give it a try!

Reason for wanting a dog
The reason for wanting a dog will help in the process of elimination. Do you want a dog purely as a pet? Would you like the pet to be a good watchdog? Do you want the dog to be involved in any hunting activities? What size quarry will the dog be required to hunt? Do you want the dog to do any work ? Your reason for wanting a dog will already be steering you in the right direction for your choice of dog.

Practicalities of Choosing the Right Dog - Large Dog or Small Dog?
The practicalities of choosing the right dog must be taken into account. Your surroundings and environment but also whether you are experienced with dogs and whether you will be able to easily control the dog. Dog control naturally leads on to the subject of Training - a huge subject which is covered in our section on Puppy Training. Always check out the adult size that the dog will eventually reach.

Choosing the Right Dog - Puppy or Adult Dog
Do you want a puppy or and adult dog. Puppies are appealing but adult dogs have many advantages. Adult dogs are generally house trained, have been immunised against many illnesses, any health or hereditary problems will be quickly evident. A final consideration is that puppies are the first to go at rescue centres - adult dogs are often left to an inevitable fate if they are not chosen.

Budget Available
Our tips on calculating the cost of a dog should have provided you with an understanding of the expense of owning a pet. But you need to assess exactly what your initial budget is. How much are you willing to pay for the dog? How much will need to be spent on necessary equipment for the dog? What can afford to spend? This is your budget - don't exceed it!

Choosing a Pure breed or a mongrel?
Difficult to offer constructive advice on this subject as many people only want a pure breeds. The pure blood dog will have inherited specific traits from that breed, so you will generally know what your are getting. Mongrels make wonderful pets - check out their background and the traits that might be inherited from the sire and dam.

Choosing the Right Dog - Fitting in with the family
Which family members will come into immediate every-day contact with the dog? Its imperative that a dog fits in with the family. Any young children in the family should be a factor in selection. A dog for a growing family must be able to stand rough treatment such as a Labrador. A small, toy dog would be a poor choice as its fragile bones might break if it is handled roughly. Conversely the small, toy dogs would be a great choice for some one who is elderly or disabled. Small dogs need less exercise and control and many have been bred as companion dogs.

Grooming requirements - Coat length and Type
The length of a dogs coat is indicative of the grooming requirements. How much time will the grooming take? Will grooming be a daily or weekly requirement. How often will the dog need clipping? Will a professional dog groomer need to be involved? Long haired dogs also make more of a mess in the home with frequent moulting. Dog hairs can be annoying over clothes and furnishing and will therefore require additional cleaning routines. It is also worth considering that a dog whose coat is waterproof, such as a retriever, will possess a doggy smell due to the water proofing oils present in the coat.

Home Environment - Space Inside & Outside
The home environment is extremely important. Are the living quarters suitable to big or small dogs? How big is the yard? Could the dog be securely left alone in a yard? How often would you need to leave your dog on its own?

 

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Locality and Area - Rural?
The locality will suit different types of dog breeds. How would you describe the area that you live in? City, Inner Suburbs, Outer Suburbs or Rural?

Exercise requirements of the dog
The exercising requirements of the dog must be taken into consideration. How much exercise will be required on a daily basis? Have you the time and inclination to ensure that the required exercise? Large dogs require considerable exercise - have you any medical conditions that might prevent you exercising the dog?

Temperament and Character
Will the temperament and character of the dog suit the requirements of your family?

Tolerance to other animals?
Your dog will come into contact with other animals. How would your dog react to other dogs. How would your dog react to cats or smaller animals. Would your dog be difficult to control - aggression could be an issue or a natural hunting trait which will mean that your dog will want to chase after anything that moves? A less active dog, perhaps a scent hound might want to starting tracking a scent it has picked up.

 
Choosing the Right Breed
The process of elimination will make choosing the right breed of dog to suit your personal circumstances easy! Take one more check by checking out the Self test for choosing the right dog. You should then know exactly what type of dog you require and how it will fit into your home and family. You now have the pleasure of selecting the breed. All Kennel Club recognised and pure blood breeds, together with some of the rare breeds have been featured on the site - you can access them via a variety of ways from the Index. Our pictures of dogs for each breed are shown next to a man and woman providing a size comparison - no more worrying about how big the cute little puppy might grow to!

 

Decision made ! Where to purchase a dog or puppy
The decision has been made so where can the dog be purchased? Dog Breeders, newspaper or internet advertisements, kennels, pet shops, dog homes and Dog Rescue Centers.

Choosing a Dog or Puppy
For the top tips and advice on puppy care in relation to preparing for the arrival of a new puppy visit the Puppy Care, Puppy Training and Puppy growth sections of the site via the appropriate links. Inspect your home through the eyes of a new puppy and any potential problems or safety issues - a major consideration in puppy care. Dog names? We have advice and a selection of nearly 4000 names to choose from!

 

Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog or Puppy - Individual Breeds
We have provided oodles of information relation to dogs and puppies of individual breeds. The Size comparison pictures between an adult and a full size dog are invaluable when considering which dog or puppy to buy! Please c
lick the following link for access and information for all dog breeds, dog training and dog names.

 

Dog & Puppy Names

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