What To Consider
AKC Canine Good Citizen program.
Leanna Desheplo, board member and volunteer at CLAWS, says that Roxi found a forever home thanks to the commitment of her new family. “I think one of the biggest mistakes that families make is thinking that because a pup is so little and so cute, it will know exactly how to behave in the home,” says Desheplo. “Adding a puppy to the family can be a very rewarding experience as long as that puppy receives the necessary exercise and training.”
Once the family understands that responsibility, then the next step is to choose a breed or breed mix with characteristics that match those of the family, says Burch.
This dog is going to be part of the family for a long time, so you need to make sure that he or she has a “personality” you can live with.
Toy breeds are not a good match for small children. Young children may be too rough for the tiny breeds, and those little canines can be nippy. On the other hand, even large breeds can be small as puppies, so consider the likely size of the adult dog before picking a pup.
Dogs need to be groomed regularly. Some dogs shed more than others. Make sure that you are comfortable with your pup’s coat type.
In general, there is no significant difference in temperament between male and female dogs. If you are getting a dog for a pet, you will want to have your dog spayed or neutered, which will eliminate most minor differences anyway.
Besides the cuteness factor, the advantage of getting a pup is that you can participate in its training and socialization every step of the way. The disadvantage is that training a puppy requires a great deal of time and patience.
Some breeds may be prone to hereditary diseases or conditions.
WRITTEN BY VERA LAWLOR
MALE OR FEMALE
PUPPY OR ADULT