Choosing the right dog breed is pretty difficult. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of breeds. So, how do you even begin choosing dog breeds?
You probably have a general idea of the breeds that might work. Once you’ve got a good idea of the breeds you’re interested in, talk to several owners of the breeds you’d like to buy. This will help you greatly when choosing the right breed of dog.
Breeds vary enormously in personality, and it’s crucial to consider if a breed’s personality matches you and your family’s needs. Different breeds were developed for different functions, and this can greatly influence their behaviors, so choosing dog breeds is a pretty difficult task.
For example, Border Collies were bred to be herding dogs, and are happiest when kept busy with walks, playing Frisbee, or herding sheep. They need something to do every day of the week, and every week of the year. You may be choosing the right breed of dog if you’re happy exercising your dog every day.
These dogs even need mental stimulation like games of hide-and-seek, or hiding favorite toys under rugs or in other rooms. Border Collies can be wonderful pets for an active person, but a huge bother and burden for someone who doesn’t like to take walks every day. Don’t choose a dog breed like this only based on looks or personality – they’re a huge amount of work.
Spend some time in online groups that are focused on the breed. Google, Yahoo, AOL, and MSN all offer dog-related email lists. Often, members in the lists can be incredibly supportive and helpful when choosing dog breeds.
Of course, any information that you get over the internet should never be a replacement for professional advice from breeders, veterinarians, or kennel clubs. Choose a dog breed based on a lot of research.
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