Many people make the mistake of rushing out and getting a dog without doing their due diligence. This can be a big mistake as there are a number of pitfalls that can occur when selecting one. Here, in this article, we have put together a list of tips you can use to help ensure that you get a great dog for you and your family.
1. Determine the use of the dog (family pet, shows, or hunting dog) and pick a breed of dog that matches your needs.
2. Look for the healthy features of that breed. You want to make sure yours is healthy from the very start.
3. Learn the family history of the dog. Find out what are the common characteristics of the parents to get an idea for what this dog will excel at and have trouble with.
4. Find out what is the personality of him or her see how tractable they are and possible problem areas.
5. Choose a size of dog that you can properly provide for in quality food and supplements. For example, those on a smaller budget should choose smaller one who will consume less. In addition, you may want to opt for dog breeds that tend to incur less medical bills on average.
6. Research the health history of the breed of dog you are interested in and learn when certain health problems tend to arise and plan accordingly.
7. Pick a dog that will match your dog training. If you will be doing the dog training yourself, some dogs are easier to train than others making them better choices.
8. If you have small children, make sure the dog breed and the personality of the dog is conducive to being around small children. This is very important and should not be taken lightly as some dogs have been known to hurt small children or babies.
9. Get the dog tested by a veterinarian. Much like you would have a mechanic look at a car before you purchase it, you should do the same with any dog you are considering getting.
10. Make sure you choose good breeders. This can help ensure you are getting a dog that had a good early life experience. A negative early experience in life can greatly impact the development of the dog and how they respond to training.
By keeping these 10 tips in mind, you should be well on your way to choosing a great dog for you and your family.