Selecting From Different Dog Breeds
If you are planning on getting a dog, you will need to consider dog breeds at some time or other. Although many potential dog owners don';t think that dog breeds will affect them if they aim on getting a mixed breed puppy or dog, dog breeds need to be carefully considered before buying or adopting a dog or puppy. Basically, dog breeds dramatically affect the temperament and personality of dogs, and it becomes important to choose a dog breed or a mix of dog breeds that will suit your personality and your lifestyle. If you live a quiet life in a small apartment, a dalmatian or a Doberman-German Shepard mix may require too much space and too much energy to be a good match. Similarly, if you are very much an outdoor person, a sleepy toy dog breed may not suit your lifestyle. This is especially a problem because a puppy or dog is a lifetime commitment and many dogs and puppies are taken to shelters or simply abandoned each year because owners did not adequately understand dog breeds before buying a puppy or dog. A classic example of this was the fate of many Dalmatian dogs after the Disney movie "101 Dalmatians" was released. Many audience members rushed out to buy Dalmatians without understanding the importance of dog breeds and found out too late that Dalmatians are very high energy dogs that require plenty of attention and lots of place to roam. As a result, many of these dogs were abandoned. Shelters were full of them and many dogs were put to sleep simply because dog owners did not take the time to understand the importance of dog breeds. Before adopting a dog or puppy, then, you need to research dog breeds carefully. You can find information through a local breeder, a vet, or through your local library. Research the requirements and the temperaments of each dog. Consider your lifestyle and your living space. Do you have lots of room for a dog to roam? Do you have a large yard, or will your dog be mostly indoors? What is your personality like? Would you be better suited to loud and playful dog breeds or to quiet dog breeds? Once you have some idea of the types of dog breeds that best suit your life, consider getting some first-hand experience by spending time with the dogs of friends or family. This will give you a "trial run" and will let you see how you interact with specific types of dog breeds.