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Adopting the Right Dog for You

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Choosing the Right Dog to Adopt

Cheers on your decision to adopt a dog rather than purchasing from one of the many dog breeders.  There are so many dog rescue groups with many pets that are desperately in need of a home.  Your decision to adopt a pet doesn’t mean that you should just accept any dog instead of adopting the right dog for you.

There are dogs for adoption that cover most any size, breed and temperament imaginable.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when looking at dogs for adoption.

PUPPY OR ADULT DOG?

Should you adopt a puppy or a full-grown dog?  If you adopt a puppy, keep in mind there will be issues of housebreaking and other behaviour problems that could be avoided by adopting a dog instead of a puppy.  Of course, many people would rather bring a puppy into their home, but it is something you should carefully consider.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Some dogs require a good amount of exercise while others are happy to just sit around.  If you are gone a lot, or if you live in a small flat, you will want to adopt a dog that does not require a lot of room to run around.  If, however, you are fairly active, you will want to adopt a pet that can keep up with you.

GROOMING REQUIREMENTS

Many who are considering dog adoption fail to take into consideration the amount of grooming that may be required.  Some dog breeds, such as poodles, will require regular visits to the groomer.  Other breeds, such as bulldogs, have minimum maintenance requirements and can usually be groomed at home.

SIZE

That puppy you are considering adopting may be cutest thing you’ve ever seen, but how is he going to look in a year or two?  Consider with what size of dog you will be most comfortable.  Most dog shelters and other dog rescue groups will be able to give you a good estimate on how large the puppy should be well full-grown.

FRIENDLINESS

Do you want a guard dog or a dog that will get along with all of the children in the neighbourhood?  Some dogs for adoption will be great at protecting you and your family.  Others will be great at slobbering all over every stranger they meet.   Be sure that you adopt a dog breed that will be compatible with your expectations for your new pet.

When adopting a dog, there are many factors to consider.  With a little thought and research, you’ll be able to bring home the pet that is perfect for you and your family.  You’ve made a wise choice to adopt a pet, be just as wise when selecting which breed is best for you.

Don’t forget to view out adoption listings – we may have just the pet for you looking for a new home!

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