A lot of people love dogs and wish to own one. Children are the most persistent when it comes to getting a dog as they often pester their parents to no end regarding the purchase or adoption of one. Before you start looking for a dog, it is suggested that you read up on the basic dog care techniques and what kind of dog best suits you and your family’s lifestyle.
Choosing Dog Breeds
There are over 150 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Society. These dog breeds are comprised of working dogs, companion dogs, toys and more. All dog breeds have certain characteristics that are specific to their breed. Before you go out to get a dog you need to make a few decisions regarding what kind of dog you need, want and can have.
Factors that you have to consider are which dog breeds may be noisy, which are good companions and guard dogs etc. The different kinds of dogs that make good companions include the toys (smaller dogs). Other dog breeds may belong to other categories but they also make great companion dogs. In general, dogs are really great companions no matter what breed or category they belong to.
Some dog breeds are more territorial than other dogs, while other dog breeds are typically friendlier. Some breeds even require masters who know how to control them and discipline them, such as guard dogs and police dogs. Dogs are similar to children is the aspect that they know how to size up which people they can boss around and which they need to respect.
One of the most important factors in choosing a dog from a specific breed is their temperament and grooming. Temperament is the facet of a dog that makes them easy to discipline and determines whether they are appropriate companions for children. Grooming is also a very important factor to keeping you dog healthy. Long haired dogs need more attention than shorthaired ones. There are even several dog breeds that have twisted or curly hair. There are grooming techniques for these dogs and their coats usually require special attention.
Whether to Adopt or Buy A Dog
Several agencies lobby for dog adoption rather than buying a new puppy. They reason out that there are altogether too many dogs available that are looking for owners that dog breeders do not need to produce more. Some people buy cute puppies but only abandon them when they are older and no longer cute to have and take care of. Several dog breeds look adorable as puppies but not as much when they grow older.