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What to Look for When Choosing the Right Dog for You

group of 4 puppies | Whitworth Animal ClinicWhen choosing the right dog for you, there are many factors to consider before making a permanent decision. In fact, selecting the right breed is just as an important as deciding to have a dog in your life. It is actually a major decision that needs plenty of thought and consideration. You need to weigh all the odds and examine your lifestyle so that you choose the perfect dog. You will also need to make adjustments in your life. The number and type of modifications will depend on the breed that you select.

The Size

Dogs come in numerous sizes, from very small to massive. Most likely, you know what size of dog you prefer. Some people adore the lap dog that can be carried around. Others love a breed that is gigantic in size and structure. Each sized dog comes with its own set of characteristics.

Small Dogs – A small dog tends to be defensive and will bark more often. In truth, the “small complex” can develop into a “tough dog” attitude. Some small dogs are also easily hurt and vulnerable. In fact, being handled to aggressively or stepped on can cause severe injury.

Extra Large Dogs – Quite frankly, a very big dog needs a lot of space. And if your dog wags its tail a lot, then he will need even more space to avoid injury. Not to mention damage to your belongings. A bigger dog also cost more money such as food, big sized dog supplies and other large items. Also, extra-large dogs need to be trained when they are young. For instance, if you cute puppy is allowed to jump on top of you or strangers, in adulthood they will simply walk all over you.

Level of Activity

Every dog is different and some have more energy than others. Select the breed of dog you want by activity level. Questions to ponder include:

  • Is the breed the sprinter type?
  • Is the breed a jogger?
  • Is the breed a couch potato?

In addition, consider how much exercise the dog will need and compare it to the amount of time you can spend with your pet. In fairness, it is important to answer the question honestly and as accurate as possible. For instance, if you do not plan on taking daily walks with you dog, then it is probably best to avoid a high energy like an Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier, or certain poodles. Some of the low energy type dogs include a Basset Hound, Bulldog, or Bull Mastiff.

Rendering to the humane society, your lifestyle and the dog’s energy level should be compatible. For instance, it would not be fair to have a high energy dog in a tiny four-story apartment. But if you take a long distance run every morning then if may suffice.

Maintenance and Care

No matter what type of breed you decide on, your dog will need maintenance and care. In fact, all dogs need to be groomed and bathed on a regular basis. However, certain types need more care based on their type of hair coat. A breed that has continual hair growth will require more routine grooming. Also, short haired dogs with a smooth coat are major shedders. However, you can lower the amount of your dog’s shedding by the use of certain grooming tools.

In addition, some breeds are prone to ear infections such as dogs with floppy long ears. And another consideration is drooling. Dog breeds that tend to slobber a great deal are Bloodhounds and Mastiffs.

Whitworth Animal Clinic

If you are still unsure of what type of dog is right for you, then you can always contact a veterinarian. Oftentimes a vet may have ideas or suggestions about animal care, temperament, food or exercise needed for a particular breed that you are interested in. As well; they may be able to help you choose the right dog for you.

At Whitworth Animal Clinic, Dr. Charles Whitworth provides the best care possible for your dog. Not only does Dr. Whitworth have a passion for animals but he has served as a Madison veterinarian for over thirty years. In fact, his passion for animals started when he was in the third grade with the strong need to be a veterinarian.

For questions or concerns about types of vaccines, licenses or diet for your first pet; contact Whitworth Animal Clinic. As well, make an appointment as soon as possible for your animal’s first check-up. That way you are assured your dog is in good health and he does not have any health conditions that could be potentially life threatening.