Adopting a dog is a momentous step you are choosing a pet that should be a source of enjoyment, protection, companionship, and pride for some dozen years. Therefore it is important to select just the right one for your family so first you should know how to choose a puppy. The dog’s size Your choice of dog should be governed by many considerations.
Where you live, country or suburbs is important and so is how you live and who you are. Because there is such a wide variety in human and canine temperaments, it pays to choose the dog that suits your likes and dislikes. You won’t be as well satisfied with a large outdoor dog in a small house or apartment as with a small or medium-sized one. I’m not suggesting that big dogs can’t be happy in apartments, but they do require a great deal of space. On a farm you need a larger dog. But again the question of your likes and wants enters.
What Type Of Dog Should I Get ?
The section of the country in which you live must influence your choice to a considerable degree. Outdoor dogs in the North should have thick, heavy coats in the deep South they should be short-haired or if long-haired, they should be thin-coated. You may also have to consider such matters as whether there is a brook or pond near your home.
Some dogs love water and they’ll become a nuisance by constantly plunging into the water and rolling in the mud. Incidentally, your choice of a breed shouldn’t be based on the fact that another of the breed is a motion-picture hero. Remember that the movie dog has had expert training.
You might find that your dog won’t be as affectionate, loyal, and courageous. And don’t for a minute think that you can learn anything but good things about the various breeds by reading breed books. For one thing the authors are usually show people whose interest is in principally breeding for looks almost regardless of temperament or native ability. For another thing the books are written to sell the breeds they describe. Suppose
How To Choose A Right Dog Breed ?
When you have decided on the general type of dog you want so your first question that arises which is the right dog for me, compare the characteristics of the various breeds in that category. The chart in the next chapter and my thumbnail description of some of the important breeds will, think, help you to make your choice. Also, study pictures of the champions of the breed you plan to purchase. Whether you choose a dog mainly for usefulness or for its attractive appearance, don’t overlook personality and temperament.
Then there is the matter of the strain within the breed. Learn all you can about the particular characteristics of that strain from those who know it. In time every dog breeder tends to develop a strain with some outstanding features. This is due to the fact that one stud dog has been used principally in creating that strain. The best people to consult in the matter of strain characteristics are veterinarians, dog judges, and professional handlers of show dogs. They are usually free from
HOW TO SELECT AND TRAIN YOUR DOC
Because they are not trying to induce you to buy a specific Dog breeds to choose list, the strain of dog or best dog to get for yourself. Some strains within breeds are not typical of the breed. Thus it is wise to see the parents of any dog or puppy you are considering. Handle them; see if you can make one growl. Look for any undesirable traits which might have been transmitted to their offspring. Unless you are buying the dog chiefly for show purposes, don’t be over-impressed with show records or pedigrees. A dog with an unpleasant disposition is an inferior specimen of his breed no matter how long and star-studded his pedigree.
CHOOSING BETWEEN MALE OR FEMALE?
This is undoubtedly a question you’ll ask. A whole book could be written on this subject, but here, in brief, are the points to be considered: Males tend to be more aggressive, grow slightly larger and become stronger, are better protectors, and can be used for stud, provided they are superlative specimens and have demo that fact by winning at field trials or at shows.
As pets, males have the following disadvantages they are inclined to become restless and uneasy when bitches in the neighborhood are in season or when your own are in season, they wet on your evergreen shrubbery or on that of your neighbors, and are more pugnacious, especially if they are of a naturally pugnacious breed.
Females tend to be more affectionate and non-aggressive, can be used to perpetuate the breed or maybe spayed if no puppies are desired, squat down to urinate and do not harm shrubbery. Disadvantages of females are the necessity of confining or boarding them twice a year, and perhaps even then having all.
5 the neighborhood male dogs camping at your home, the not infrequent complications of diseases of the reproductive tract, and having to raise unwanted litters of puppies if the bitch is accidentally bred. If the dog you choose is a male, look or feel to be sure both of his testicles are in the scrotum before you buy him.
Unlike human beings, the testicles have descended to where they be-long by the time the pup is born. If they are not in the proper place, don’t buy him unless you plan to have the pup castrated anyway. True, injections of the right hormone will often cause them to descend, or a veterinary surgeon can remove the retained one or both, but why burden yourself with such a problem.
GROOMING YOUR PET DOG
Also consider carefully the matter of grooming, remembering that while all dogs shed, long-haired ones are obviously more generous in this respect. Moreover, long-haired dogs have to be combed. If the hair is straight and rather coarse, occasional combing will keep the coat in excellent condition but silky hair, which mats easily, needs much more attention. If your pet requires professional grooming, the cost of his upkeep rises substantially.
Having a wire-haired terrier plucked or clipped two or three times a year costs from six dollars to twenty dollars. Some spaniels need three or four clippings a year; the cost is between six dollars and fifteen dollars. Keeping a French poodle trimmed costs at least ten dollars annually.
In making your choice, consider, too, the question of food. A large dog fed on table scraps consumes at least as much as one person, if fed sensibly on dry dog food, he may be fed for fifteen cents a day. Ask yourself, Am I going to be willing to make my dog eat what I know is good for him, or am I the kind of person who can’t resist those pleading eyes when a dog begs for tasty human food? It is so easy to spoil a dog!
PURE DOG BREED OR MONGREL?
Perhaps you wonder whether only a purebred dog makes a really satisfactory pet. Not at all; some mongrels are delightful pets. The chief difference between the two is that a purebred’s temperament is more predictable. He has a long history of breeding, with a recognized standard of performance and appearance.
However, disappointments sometimes occur even when you have investigated the dog or puppy as thoroughly as possible. Some people have the mistaken notion that a dog whose parents are purebreds of different breeds for example, a pure-bred Dalmatian and a purebred cocker spaniel is not a mongrel.
Any dog produced by crossing two breeds is a mongrel. His chief drawback is his unpredictability. However, if a puppy’s father and mother have been mated several times before, you can learn a great deal about your puppy’s mental and physical attributes by observing the characteristics of his older brothers and sisters.