Need help choosing the right dog breed? It can get a little overwhelming, so we're breaking down the decision making process into manageable steps. Feel free to skip any step that doesn't seem to fit you and read more about those that resonate with you.
We broke the process down into two steps (with many sub steps)
Learning about dog breeds and what you can expect. Part Two
In Part One of this two part series, we examined your needs and
wants, your strengths and weaknesses, and your motivations.
In Part Two, we'll look at different dog characteristics such as age, size, gender, appearance and breed status. If you haven't read
part one, I suggest you go back and read through it so that this part
will make more sense to you.
As a quick review, I asked you to answer the following questions:
Choosing the Right Dog Breed Based on Your Lifestyle, Needs and Wants
Color shouldn't matter but it does. Some breeds have many different colors from which to choose and others come in only one color. If you hate white dogs, then you not likely to choose a Maltese, Pyrenean Mountain Dog or Kuvasz. You'd better love black if your ideal breed is a Schipperke.
Read more about color in dogs
Hair / Coat Appearance and Texture
Long and Luxurious or Short and Sassy
Dog breeds come in several textures and lengths
Textures: Curly, Smooth Wire, Corded
Lengths: Hairless, Short, Medium, Long
Single coat, Double Coat
Coats that Shed year round, seasonal shedders, low shedding dogs
Read about Coat Characteristics
People often think about purebred dogs when it comes to make a breed choice, but cross breeds or hybrids and mutts make equally wonderful pets.
Like age, the status of the breed you choose will often dictate where you begin your search. Breeders normally breed one or maybe two purebred dogs and some also produce hybrids, popularly known as designer dogs.
Shelters and humane societies will be the obvious place to look for mutts. Why research breeds, you might ask if you want a mutt? Knowing what types of breeds went into your mutt will help you understand the dog and assist with training.
Read about Breed Status
Choosing the Right Dog Breed For You
You've pondered many questions, but there are a few more to consider and just a little more homework.
Before visiting that breeder that has new puppies, consider do just a little bit more research.
Research the Breed's History
Find out whether your breed is most appropriate for novice owners or experienced ones.
Learn about the Breed's Health Issues
Understand the Breed's Temperament, Energy Level,
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