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3/27/2020 4:10 PM

 

 

Make the Right Choice !

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Man's best friends come in all shapes, sizes, and, of course, personalities.   The good news is that almost any rescue dog or cat can make a wonderful, lifelong companion for someone; the bad news is that some of those bundles of energy will make less appropriate pets for you than others. The key is simply knowing what to look for!
 

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Learn About Different Breeds and Mixes

Dogs fall into one of two categories: purebreds or mixed breeds. Most animal shelters have plenty of both. The only significant difference between the two is that purebreds, because their parents and other ancestors are all members of the same breed, generally conform to a specific "breed standard." This means that if you adopt a purebred, you have a good chance of knowing how big he'll get when he gets older and what general physical and behavioral characteristics he's likely to have. Of course, the size, appearance, and temperament of most mixed breed dogs can be predicted as well. After all, mixed breeds are simply combinations of different breeds. So if you can recognize the ancestry of a particular mixed breed puppy, you have a good chance of knowing how he'll turn out, too.

 

Mixed breeds offer several other advantages. When you adopt a mixed breed, you have the benefit of getting the combined traits of two or more different breeds in one animal. You also get a dog who's likely to be free of genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs. Mixed breeds, in fact, are often considered the more "natural" dog. When you adopt a mixed breed, you adopt a totally unique companion.
 
Choose a Pal for Life
Every dog in rescue can provide you with boundless love and companionship, and every dog certainly deserves a lifelong home. But some dogs are better for you and your lifestyle than others. That's why you should take the time to make a thoughtful choice. After all, you're choosing a pal who'll be with you 10, 15, or even more years. Select the right dog, and you and your new companion will enjoy those years to the fullest.
 
Examine Yourself
Choosing the right pet generally means identifying the type of animal who matches your lifestyle and wants. If you live alone in a small, third-floor apartment, for instance, adopting a large, active retriever mix might not be the best choice. Conversely, if you've got a family of four and are looking for a companion to match your active family lifestyle, such an animal may be the perfect choice. A dog's size, exercise requirements, friendliness, assertiveness, and compatibility with children should all figure into your decision.
 
 
Most Of All ...
Adopt -- don't buy -- as long as shelter pets die!  There are many shelters, pounds, and rescues all over the country.  Please check them for your next best friend -- many have purebreds as well as mutts!  Just ensure the adoption practices include thorough health screenings, spay/neuter, and love!
 



 
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