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Breed Basics – Picking the right size breed

HDO_Admin | August 21st, 2008

Doing your homework and choosing the right dog breed will ensure a good fit and will help you find just the dog you are looking for. Pay close attention to the temperament of the dog as well as if the breed tolerates being left alone or if it requires constant attention. Research the breed of dog that you are interested in looking for both challenges and benefits to raising the dog. For those that live in very small spaces a toy or miniature breed is likely the best choice.

If you live in an apartment or smaller house perhaps a medium to small dog is best. If you have a large fenced yard and a bigger living area, any size dog would be fine. Even giant breeds are small as puppies, but quickly grow much larger than your house or apartment can manage. Don’t get a dog based on his or her size as a puppy. Some dogs just naturally love being around kids whereas others are less likely to be a good combination or match.

Tolerance of children – if you have children in your home or are planning on having children it is very important to ensure the breed you are selecting is a \”child-friendly\” breed. Buying from a reputable breeder will eliminate most of the issues but there is still the chance that health conditions may arise with the breed. Health concerns – almost all breeds have some genetic health concerns but clearly understanding all the issues before deciding on the breed is important. There are some small to medium breeds that require a lot of activity and exercise whereas some of the larger or giant breeds are very sedate and calm dogs requiring little exercise.

Each breed has its own general exercise level that is not necessarily based on size. Most breeders and professional trainers recommend you try to find a breed that fits your lifestyle, instead of choosing a dog for looks and trying to match your lifestyle to their needs and temperament.

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