Almost every dog in a shelter can provide you with unconditional love and companionship, and every dog deserves a lifelong, loving home. Some dogs are better for you and your lifestyle than others are. That is why you should take the time to make a thoughtful choice. After all, you are choosing a friend who will be with you for many years. Select the right dog, and you and your new companion will enjoy those years to the fullest.
SIZE AND TEMPERAMENT A dog’s size, exercise, friendliness, assertiveness, and compatibility with children should all figure into your decision. An active, energetic dog might catch your eye, but a quiet reserved dog might be easier to live with and care for. Also, a dog who likes to be touched and is not sensitive to handling and noise will probably do well in a house full of kids.
PUPPY OR DOG? Puppies usually require much more training and supervision than mature dogs. If you lack the time or patience to housetrain your pup or to correct problems like chewing and jumping, an adult dog may be a better choice.
PURE OR MIXED BREEDS? Purebred dogs generally conform to a specific breed standard.â€ Mixed breeds are simply combinations of different breeds. If you can recognize the ancestry of a particular mixed breed, you have a good chance of knowing how he will turn out. Mixed breeds also are less likely to have genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs.
KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING A SHELTER A shelter is a stressful place for any animal. If you walk past a dog that seems unfriendly or aloof, do not dismiss it. This particular dog may be frightened or lonely. Ask to visit the animal in a quieter part of the shelter.