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Part of the fun in working in the pet world is watching how much fun a new dog can bring to a family.

And… one of the most challenging parts of that world is watching a family struggle if they obtained the wrong breed for their lifestyle. Today’s blog will discuss some of these issues.

Making the Right Choice
First of all, let me put your mind at ease; if you have a good attitude and a flexible heart, the vast majority of dogs you pick will be an excellent addition to your family. This article will mainly address issues that revolve around families with unique needs and dogs with unique features, and as you’d expect, this choice starts with research. Take some time to get to know different popular breeds and the associated attributes. If you have the opportunity to meet some breeds in person, take it! Short of that, conversations with friends and family will be a good start.

The first question to decide is, do you want a rescue dog or a puppy? Both are good choices with ups and downs for either option. Rescue dogs will frequently be potty-trained but may have some traumas from their past home life.

How Picky Are You About Pure Bred or No Pure Bred?
Next, ask yourself if you want a pedigreed dog or a cross-breed. Most people grew up with ‘mutts,’ but there are some upsides to acquiring a pure breed. One of the main advantages of a pedigreed dog is the predictability of its breed. Mutts, on the other hand, maybe heartier health-wise since they won’t have specific genetic issues that a pure-breed may have inherited from their line. The final set of questions revolve around the specific needs of the dog…and your family.

  1. How large of a dog do you want? Will it protect your house or be carried around in a purse?
  2. Do you enjoy grooming your dog? Some dogs will need frequent grooming, which will be a joy to some owners and a headache to others.
  3. Are you looking for a jogging partner or one more sedate? Every dog needs exercise, but if your family wants a hiking buddy, this will limit your choices.
  4. Allergies? If you have pet allergies, some dogs shed less.
  5. Do you need a dog to ‘play well with others?’ If you have small children or other pets, you’ll want to get a dog that gets along with its environment.

I hope this short article will help you think through the options on which type of dog you should get. And, of course, I would love to be a part of your new dog’s life as their groomer! Don’t hesitate to call me or email me if you have other questions!