Big wolf, mini wolf

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Pets -

DO YOU love the idea of a house wolf but aren’t sure if you can cope?

One way to eval­u­ate your sit­u­a­tion is to ask open­ing ques­tions: do these dogs need a lot of space, are they out­go­ing with peo­ple, are they easy to train, are they noisy, what ex­er­cise do they need, do they need groom­ing, and what is their en­ergy level?

If you look at a Siberian Husky, this breed needs lots of space, are very so­cial, are not easy to train, are noisy, need lots of ex­er­cise, need reg­u­lar pro­fes­sional groom­ing and have loads of en­ergy.

But look at the Pomera­nian. It was bred from sled dogs and minia­turised, so it has many of the same qual­i­ties – being furry, bouncy, lov­ing and en­er­getic – but being so much smaller, they are much eas­ier to man­age.

Pomera­ni­ans are happy in apart­ments, are great with fam­ily but not so much with strangers and chil­dren, are easy to train, are noisy, are easy to ex­er­cise, need reg­u­lar pro­fes­sional groom­ing and have loads of en­ergy.

When you’re look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar kind of dog, ex­am­in­ing minia­ture ver­sions of big breeds can be very use­ful.

Of course, pedi­grees are of­ten in­bred and prone to ge­netic dis­or­ders. So do be very care­ful if you de­cide to buy.

Better still, shel­ters of­ten have pedi­grees who were bought as puppy presents and then dumped.

So just ask around, and you can give a dog a sec­ond chance.

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