There are such a variety of dogs to choose from that choosing the right companion can be a difficult task. There are so many factors to take into consideration too, such as, the eventual size of the dog; what hereditary diseases it may contract (if any); whether the fur is going to be long or short; what sort of personality and behavioral traits the dog is likely to have, etc.
Choosing a pedigree obviously makes the task a little easier, in that you can view the parents, ask questions about the breed and see the eventual size of the dog. However, there are still no guarantees and pedigrees don’t come cheap! This could be a major consideration when you still have to think about pet insurance, jabs, food bills, etc. Crossbreeds, on the other hand, are unlikely to have any parents available to compare them with – this can obviously make life a whole lot harder. On the plus side, you may acquire characteristics in a crossbreed that compliment each other, resulting in the perfect companion.
Many people are under the misapprehension that crossbreeds are healthier than pedigrees; this is not true, as crossbreeds can suffer from just as many diseases as pedigrees. There are, however, more crossbreeds looking for good homes; so taking on a crossbreed would be giving a homeless dog the chance of love and companionship.
Finding the right dog is purely down to personal taste, lifestyle, health, budget and available space; so you must think carefully about these issues before you decide to take on a dog. It may even be worth considering an older dog, rather than a puppy, as an older dog might fit in better with your lifestyle. If you were considering a crossbreed this would also be a huge advantage, as you would be able to see the exact size of the dog, the length of its coat and its temperament before making a commitment.
Choosing the right dog is not something that should be done in a hurry and may take a little time. Finding the right companion is very important for you and your dog, to ensure that you both have many years of happiness ahead.
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