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Dog Friendly Tips: How to choose a dog


The following are four possible answers to the question, "How can I find the best dog for me?" Which do you agree with?

1. Go to a dog show and ask the exhibitors.

2. Find an active breeder of a breed you are interested in, and inquire.

3. When you see someone walking a dog you admire, strike up conversation and ask about the dog.

People are defenders of their possessions, with children and pets heading the list. It is a rare exhibitor, breeder, or pet owner who does not extol the virtues of his or her dog's breed.

Make a list of dog breeds you're interested in, and ask a vet about the problems presented by that breed. Pose those same questions to an impartial consultant, such as a local dog trainer. And remember that ultimately only you can decide whether or not you can live with the drawbacks of a particular breed or dog.

Veterinarians are frequently asked about mongrels. The disadvantage is difficulty predicting what a mixed breed pup will turn into as an adult. On the other hand, mongrels are free of many of the inherited problems that plague purebreds. There is some evidence that hybrid vigour in the mongrel produces more disease resistant offspring. Vets find more trouble-free mongrels than trouble-free purebreds.

When we are asked, "What kind of dog do you recommend, Doctor?" we reply:

Do you want a giant, large, medium, small, or toy size?

Do you want a long, medium, or short coat?

Do you have a color preference?

Do you want a companion or a dog that will perform some function, such as hunting, racing.

Choose the kind of dog breed that is suitable to your needs.

While choosing a pup you must also be careful about its health. In fact, you are advised not to make any consideration with respect to health of the dog no matter the how good is the breed of the dog. You may try out the following steps to check the health of the pup you are willing to buy.

Turn the puppy on its back and check whether it has any fleas, ticks or any incidence of rash or not.

Find out whether the teeth are white and standing strong on the pink gums or not.

Watch the pup for a while to find out the flexibility or any incidence of stiffness of the joints.

Make a few noises near the pup and find out whether it is deaf or not.

You are recommended not to buy a pup which has a running nose or watery eyes.


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