When you go in for adoption, what kind of dog you choose is crucial because you are going to end up together for life. If the wrong breed is chosen, you may regret it later instead of experiencing the joy of loving companionship.
There are different breeds and then there are different dogs. While no dog is like any other, no breed is like any other breed too. Individual differences notwithstanding, the characteristics, behavior patterns and natural temperament of each breed have been well defined to a great extent. Check out the following attributes to decide what kind of dog would be a good match for you.
This is the starting point of the search for a dog to adopt. You have a wide choice when it comes to this important criterion. While checking out their availability online you can learn about the general characteristics and get help from online breed selector guides.
The main points to look for in a breed are:
- Size of the breed
- Level of activity
- Level of exercise required
- Ease of training
- Special abilities
- Display of affection
- Temperature tolerance
- Tolerance of other pets
- Maintenance cost
Size matters when it comes to choosing a dog that meets your requirements and way of life. You can find dogs ranging in size from toy dogs that fit into your pocket to gigantic ones that may overwhelm you with their presence.
Small dogs are highly suited to small spaces. They remain cute as puppies and can entertain you with their playful antics. They are easy to carry around; so many women prefer to keep small breeds as companions. Though small in size, they may come with big attitudes that make them difficult to train. You may need to be very firm with them and curb their aggressiveness with proper training.
Medium-sized dogs make ideal family pets, especially when there are kids in the family. You can find one that is not too small that the kids may hurt it, or too big that the dog may hurt the kids. It is comparatively easier to train a mid-size dog.
Big dogs are meant for wide open spaces as their size indicates. They are high on maintenance, but most of them are functional dogs, and make ideal companions for those who love the outdoors and plenty of physical activity. In spite of their size some breeds are really gentle and tolerant of kids and other pets.
The age of the dog is a temporary criterion because all dogs will sooner or later pass through different ages.
People fall for puppies than actually choose them. They are incredibly charming and difficult to ignore. But when you bring home a puppy, you should have plenty of time and energy to train it, particularly in the initial days. Also, you have no way of knowing what kind of dog it will turn out to be. But you get to know and love the dog from the very beginning.
They are mature dogs already past their training period. You can bring them home with a fairly good idea about their size, temperament, and level of activity. They are the ideal choice when you want to avoid the hassles of training a puppy.
Usually aged 7 and above, they may be beyond the prime of life, but most of them have many more good years left in them. It is really unfortunate that they get adopted least frequently though they are in greatest need of adoption. When you give a home to a senior dog, besides the satisfaction of having done a compassionate act, you will have a rewarding experience of quiet companionship too.