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Choosing a Puppy – What to Consider


 

Choosing a puppy can be difficult and finding the right canine for your household is very important. Will the dog get along with kids? Will the dog get along with other animals in the household? Does the dog have a good disposition? These are some of the questions you might ask when deciding what kind of dog you want.

 

Let's dive right in.

 

Things to Consider when Choosing a Puppy

 

Are you looking for a purebred or mixed breed or just a plain old mutt? Mixed breeds can be more affordable, whereas purebreds can be quite expensive.

 

The Mutt Option

 

Don't dismiss the mutt option either from the local pound. Mutts can be just as lovable, energetic, and loyal as the other breeds.

 

Size

 

Size matters when choosing a puppy. Think about how big or small the dog is that you want. Do you have room for the pup to run and play or will it be cooped up because you don't go outside a lot. If so, do you have a room where the pup can run free?

 

Personality is Important when Choosing a Puppy

 

Personality for a puppy develops around seven weeks of age. Spend a little time picking and choosing a puppy, and you both will reap the rewards. Make sure you can hold the puppy and cuddle them.

 

Run and Hide

 

Drop a book during a quiet moment and see if the pup runs and hides. Get on your hands and knees and play with the puppy to see if they respond in kind or if they are aggressive toward you.

 

Start Your Search

 

There are several places to start your search in choosing a puppy. Asking friends or your vet are good places to start. Also, you can contact your local shelter or ASPCA for their selection of animals. There is also a website that can help in your search – www.petfinder.com.

 

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