Even if all the puppies are incredibly cute, not all are suitable for their lifestyle. With the proper research and preparation, you can find a dog that will be an excellent addition to the family. The decision to adopt is too important to be based on the love of the puppies at first sight. The incredible variety of breeds, exercise needs and temperaments makes it imperative that you do your homework. Finally, all puppies become adults, so choosing a dog that suits your lifestyle is the best way to ensure that your decision does not end with repentance. After spending some time researching and comparing dog breeds, you will have a better idea of which puppies can grow up as sofa addicts and which ones could be good companions for running.
Do your research
If you are curious about the different breeds, start with a book that offers an overview or examine the more than 200 articles on our site related to large and small dogs.
Ask the experts to share their opinion about the careers in which you are interested. Veterinarians work with different breeds every day and have a broad vision of which ones can adapt to their lifestyle. Dog trainers are another excellent source of information about the needs and behaviors associated with different breeds.
Consider dimensions, races and needs.
Although Great Danes love to snuggle, they quickly become too big to sit on their lap and can wipe a table with a flick of their tail. Due to his short legs, a Dachshund may have trouble continuing to jog. It is important to consider how a puppy adapts to his lifestyle when he becomes an adult.
The needs for cleanliness and exercise should be another key part of the decision. Dogs in the group of shepherds generally require a lot of exercise and attention. Other breeds, such as dogs with very long hair, have quite intense care needs.
In your research, you will find that some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems, such as hip dysplasia. Mixed breed dogs may be less likely to have this type of problem than purebred dogs, but this is not always the case. If you are considering a particular breed, ask your veterinarian what medical conditions you should know.
Do a background check
Finding a good breeder or rescue group is essential to locate a healthy and well-socialized puppy. If you are looking for a purebred dog, ask your veterinarian or local foster club to point you in the right direction. Even race-specific rescue organizations are an excellent source for adopting a purebred dog.
If possible, you will want to meet the parents and siblings of the puppy and see the breeding facilities. It is worth the time and effort to know the background of your puppy and confirm that it is a healthy environment.
In cases where puppies from the pet store are interested, it is often impossible to control the parents of a particular puppy or the background. Unfortunately, a percentage of small dogs in pet stores come from kitchens.
Adopting a shelter puppy or a rescue organization can be extremely rewarding, although it may be impossible to learn much about the background or medical history of a rescue puppy. But these types of organizations generally offer other important advantages, such as health screenings, microchips and vaccines.
Know what to look for
It is important that the puppy be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Ideally, this should be done before bringing the new family member home for the first time. Fortunately, breeders, shelters and rescue groups often provide documents verifying that the puppy has been examined by a veterinarian, treated for parasites and has received at least one vaccination cycle. Here are some things to check when you meet your puppy:
Make sure your puppy is alert and aware, not lethargic.
Check some fat around your puppy’s rib cage. It must be well fed.
Inspect your coat There should be no bald areas or dry and scaly skin.
Watch your puppy walk. A healthy puppy should walk and run normally, without limping.
Check the eyes, ears and nose. They should be relatively clean without discharge.
Throw a toy or a ball. Your eyes should follow the toy.
Watch for coughing, sneezing or difficulty breathing. These could be signs of illness.
Clap your hands. Your puppy should turn to look at you when you make a loud noise behind him.
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