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Adopting A Healthy Dog

If you've decided to get a dog, you may feel the pressure to run to your nearest animal shelter and rescue the first puppy that stares up at you. There are, however, things you need to think of when adopting a dog: you want to get a dog that's healthy, happy, and will be with you for a long while to come.

What must be considered when adopting a dog

When you're looking at adopting a dog, you want to look at a few factors. First, is the obvious: age. If you're adopting with a growing family in mind, a dog who's 2 is a much better choice than a dog who's 12. More than just age, you want to look at general healthy and medical history; like humans, some dogs are just sickly creatures. Steering clear of sickly animals will help you both mentally, and financially in the long run.

Now that you have a few guidelines for health, you need to select the right breed of dog. Breeds generally vary by temper, life expectancy, chronic conditions, and energy levels. All of this goes into selecting the proper breed for your family, and your situation. Having a very energetic, lively dog around a small child is a good thing: they'll match each other's energy. While having a guard dog if you live with your wife may be a better option, since he'll provide some protection.

Selecting the Right Breed

Selecting the correct breed of dog for your family again comes down to what you're looking for. Are you looking for a guard dog? Or are you looking for a playmate for a newborn child? These are very significant questions that can greatly impact the choice you need to make, as far as the breed of dog is concerned. Contact your local Kennel Club and get some information about breeds that fit your need, and then find the dog you like that's a breed you approve of.

Although it may seem like a dangerous affair, selecting a dog to adopt really isn't. If you follow a few steps, it can be quite easy, and a very rewarding experience. Just decide with your brain, and not how your heart feels the first time a puppy looks up at you, and you'll do fine. After a while you will forget that the dog once was not with you. He becomes equal member of your family and he will bring joy to your home.


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