Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Useful website - Finding the right dog for you

Sometimes dogs come into our lives with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes our dogs choose us!

But for the most part it's wise to choose a dog that will fit into your life and be a good match for you and vice versa.

When you are thinking of getting a dog there are certain questions you need to ask yourself.

  1. How much time do you have for a dog?
  2. How much space do you have? Apartment? House? Land?
  3. How much energy do you have?
  4. What is your lifestyle? Do you travel a lot?
  5. Are you willing to groom? How often?
  6. Do you or anyone in your home have any allergies?
  7. How confident are you? Can you be a leader to a dog?
  8. Do you want a guard dog?
  9. Will you have other pets?
  10. Do you have children?
While all dogs need exercise, the amount can vary quite dramatically. It's beneficial to choose a dog with the same or less energy then you. A bored dog is a destructive dog. Getting to know what the average energy level of the breed you are interested in can be very useful. Of course within every breed and every litter the dog's energy and dominance will differ.

Infodogs is a website that is dedicated to sharing information about dog breeds. There is a comprehensive  list of breeds with details based on the following:

  • Origin
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Breed history
  • Description
  • Personality
  • Grooming
  • Living Conditions
  • Training; and
  • Usefulness

There is also a dynamic app that shows the dogs that match the 11 criteria you choose as you choose them.

Doing your research before choosing a dog will help ensure that you choose the right dog for you. If more people did that, instead of basing the decision purely on looks there might not be as many unwanted animals in shelters.

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