While all puppies are very cute, not all are right for your lifestyle. With the right research and preparation, you can find a dog that will make a great addition to the household. The decision to adopt is too important to depend on a puppy’s love at first glance. The amazing range of breeds, exercise needs, and temperaments makes doing your homework a must. All puppies eventually grow up, so choosing a dog that fits your lifestyle is the best way to ensure your decision doesn’t end in regret. After spending some time researching and comparing dog breeds, you’ll have a better idea of which puppies are likely to grow into couch potatoes and which ones could make good jogging partners.
If you’re interested in learning more about the different breeds, start by picking up a book that provides an overview, or read the 200+ articles on our website about dogs big and small.
Ask the experts for their opinion on the breeds you are interested in. Vets work with different breeds every day and have a broad view of which breeds might be a good fit for your lifestyle. Dog trainers are another excellent source of information about the needs and behaviors of different breeds.
Consider size, breeds, and needs
Although Great Danes love to cuddle, they will quickly outgrow the space to sit on your lap and can clear the table with a flick of their tail. Because of their short legs, the dachshund can have a hard time keeping up with running. It’s important to think about how your puppy will fit into your lifestyle as he grows up.
Grooming and exercise needs should be another important part of the decision. Dogs in a herding group usually require a lot of exercise and attention. Other breeds such as B. Dogs with very long hair have a fairly intensive grooming requirement.
Conduct a background check
Finding a reputable breeder or rescue group is essential to finding a healthy, well-socialized puppy. If you are looking for a purebred dog, ask your local veterinarian or breed club to point you in the right direction. Breed-specific rescue organizations are also a great resource for adopting a purebred dog.
If possible, you’ll want to meet the puppy’s parents and siblings and tour the breeding facility. It pays to learn your pup’s background and make sure they come from a healthy environment.
When it comes to puppies at pet stores, it is often impossible to verify a particular pup’s parent or background. Unfortunately, a percentage of the dogs found in pet store windows come from puppy mills.
Adopting a puppy from a shelter or rescue organization can be very rewarding, although it can be impossible to know much about a rescued puppy’s background or medical history. But these types of organizations usually offer other important benefits, like health checks, microchipping, and vaccines.
Know what to look for
It’s important to have a veterinarian examine your puppy as soon as possible. Ideally, this should be done before you bring your new family member home for the first time. Fortunately, breeders, shelters, and rescue groups often provide documentation confirming that your pup has been vet checked, treated for parasites, and vaccinated at least once. Here are some things to check when you meet your pup:
• Make sure your puppy appears awake and alert, not lazy.
• Check for some fat around the puppy’s chest. It should be fed well.
• Check his coat. There should be no bald patches or dry, flaky skin.
• Watch your puppy walk. A healthy puppy should walk and function normally without limping.
• Examine eyes, ears and nose. It should be relatively clean without a vacuum.
• Throw a toy or a ball. His eyes should follow the game.
• Be aware of coughing, sneezing, or difficulty breathing. These can be signs of illness.
• Clap your hands. Your puppy should turn to you when a loud noise is heard behind them.