Tips On Choosing A Pure Bred Pet

by Bart LeToad

It's an all too familiar scene; a family walks into the pet store to look at the cute kittens and puppies. And when they leave they are the proud owner of one of those cute puppies or kittens. Swept away by the emotions of that cute little dog bouncing in the window or the soft meow of that precious little kitten. We all know that once you hold that cute little puppy that it's hard to put down. But sometimes an impulsive buy like this can mean a long and hard road of frustration and pain for you and your pet. That is why a family would be better served to spend a little time doing research on the particular breed of dog or cat they are considering as their new family member.

When considering a purebred puppy. One thing you can be sure of is the inherent characteristics of that particular breed. When a family is considering bringing a purebred into their home, they may need to consider the breeds' characteristics and whether they will suit the family personality. For example, buying a breed of dog that requires lots of exercise and activity when you're family is not an active family will only result in a pet that is under stimulated and hard to control.

Unfortunately, the number one reason competent pet owners take their pets to the local humane service is because they bought their pet based on emotional decision, rather than an informed one. And now they don't like the dog they've ended up with. What if the shoe was on the other foot and it was the dogs giving up their owners because they didn't like the way the owners turned out. It doesn't matter what the problem is, from chewing your shoes or the arm of your leather chair to something major like snapping at your child or attacking other pets. This behavior only increases the frustration level for both the owners and the pets and will result in the breaking of both the owners and the pets' heart.

Stay smart about your research in particular what breed you want to bring home. If you are interested in buying a Labrador retriever, the last person you want to rely on for that breeds' information is the person you are buying a puppy from. They have an interest in promoting the sale of their animal they may tell you what you want to hear to help them achieve the sale. Seek out independent sources using places like the Internet or your local library. Contact the AKC or visit their website and look at all the information they have on the particular breed you want. Make sure your research things like size and weight, health problems, amount of exercise and is your breed going to shed a lot. These things are just the tip of the iceberg. So we have provided you a list that you can take with you when you are researching your particular breed.

  1. Does the dog shed a lot?
  2. How much food will have to buy each month?
  3. Are they easily trainable or are you going to exert a lot of effort?
  4. Are they easy to potty train?
  5. Will a weekly brushing work or do they had to be groomed by a professional groomer?
  6. Does the breed bark a lot or only when provoked?
  7. Is the breed overly protective?
  8. Does the breed require any out of the ordinary care?
  9. Is the breed easily socialized?
  10. Is the breed temperamental?
  11. How big is the breed going to get or how small is it going to stay?
  12. Are they a family dog and will they get along with your children?
  13. How long can you expect him to be a family member?

Using the tips that we've given you here along with your sound judgment should enable you to pick the breed of dog that will best suit you and your family's personality. Remember to make an informed decision rather than a spur of the moment emotional one. By doing this you and your family will have chosen the best friend of a lifetime you could have and in return you will receive unconditional love.


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