There is a lot to think about when adopting a dog. There are some things that should be taken into consideration. Some of those things include what kind of dog is up for adoption, whether it is a purebred or mixed breed, male or female, age, full grown size, and your individual needs, and wants.
There are a whole lot of dogs out there up for adoption, the good news is that a lot of them would probably fit into your unique situation well. The bad news is, there are several that probably will not. Let’s start with a breed.
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Whether it is a Pure Bred Dog you want to adopt or a mix breed you can generally tell how big it will be and a few things about its general temperament by some simple breed research. While you can’t learn everything about that particular dog you can learn quite a bit about the kind of dog that you would want to adopt.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Certain breeds are said not to be as good with children as others. However, some of those very same breeds are better at home security. So again, it comes down to what it is that you want out of the dog you are trying to adopt.
The size can also be told by breed, or at least guessed at by what breeds make up your mix. Some dogs, for adoption should only reach five pounds where others may grow well over two-hundred and five. So If you are looking for a large dog you should look into larger breeds such as, Great Danes, Rottweilers, Saint Bernard’s, Great Pyrenees, Labradors and so on.
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If your individual needs require a smaller companion than maybe a medium sized dog. Most are around thirty to sixty pounds. This may be what you are looking for in the dog that you adopt. In that case, maybe you should look into more appropriate breeds or mixes. These include some of the following: Collie, Shepherd, Spits, Spaniel, Boxer, or Chow just to name a few.
Though sometimes they are considered more hyperactive your dog adoption needs require a small dog to adopt. In this case you may want to look at breeds such as, Tea Cup Poodles, Dachshund, Papillion, Bichon Frise, Pomeranian, and so many others in the miniature category.
Puppy Or Adult?
The age of the dog that you are to adopt can also be of great importance to a person. With age comes many benefits. They are already house trained or are outside animals that have grown accustom to life that way. An older animal will be less likely to steal your slippers as a chew toy. Or tear up the paper your putting down for it to pee on rather than using it as intended.
Puppies on the other hand can be a hand full. However you get to decide how they are trained. And what things the can and can’t do in your house right from day one. Though they generally learn fast, they require much more time and attention than an older animal. Puppies have more energy and less control they need constant supervision, and lots of loving attention.
The payoff for all your hard work is a very attached dog that will be loyal. There are pros and cons to any age dog that you chose to adopt, the choice is really about what fits your situation.
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The process is quite simple and will require a small adoption fee. In some cases you will be required to submit an application so that you can be verified as a good pet owner. It is recommended that you visit with the dog on the site, if you have children, bring them with you so that you can see how the dog will interact with them.
All in all finding a dog for adoption is a rewarding adventure.
So you want to know more about me, eh? Well, I am a Canadian, husband, and father of two young men.
I would say boys but they are not really “boys” anymore. They are 19 and 17. But they will always be my little ones. :-)
And, of course, we also have a dog. He is an Affenpinscher. Also affectionately known as a Monkey Dog.
His name is Monty. Yes, it is after Monty Python as he is a funny, crazy character.
Dogs have always been a part of my life. My parents started and owned a Dog and Cat boarding kennel just 20 minutes north of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia.
I started this website as a way to give back to the dog community. Which is full of many extraordinary dogs and owners doing many different and exciting things.
I hope you come back often to enjoy the wondrous stories I find.
Thank You for your time and interest.