Among the huge variety of dog breeds out there, how can you know which one is right for you? This is not as much of a concern with other pets, but when it comes to dogs, it makes all the difference in the world. Dog breeders selected and bred for very specific traits that made the animal more useful for a certain task, and this overall has an affect on their size, energy level, and temperament. Look at the Husky. This breed is well known for having a very high activity level and for being a very strong, large dog with a thick coat. These traits were all very specifically select by breeders because the Husky needed traits that would make it a very effective sledding dog, able to pull a large sled with a team of other dogs. It just so happens that this breed is also very popular because of it’s distinctive wolf like features and bright blue eyes, but these reasons alone are not the best ones to follow in selecting a Husky as your new pet. Why? Because they are extremely active and need tons of exercise. Not every owner is capable of providing this, and as such it’s not a breed suited for apartment dwellers or a household in which the owners will be gone for most of the day.
As you can see, there are a myriad of factors that go into choosing a dog breed. Instead of fixating on a certain breed, a better approach is to just go to a local pet store and meet all the dogs waiting for a home. Be wary of pet stores that just try and sell you a dog as soon as they can without interviewing you and asking questions about your lifestyle. They are just trying to make a profit without your needs and the dog’s need entering the picture! Find a store that will ask you about what kind of home you can provide for the dog, what kind of expectations you have for behavior, and whether or not you have owned a dog before. Your answers will help them determine which dog is best for you. Wanting a lap dog but adopting a working breed would be catastrophic, and the interview process can prevent this from happening.
Personally, I wanted a smaller lap dog, about twenty pounds or less, that would play fetch with me in the backyard. This ruled out the toy breeds or anything else smaller than a common cat, as these breeds are too small for me and not huge on high activity and playing. Besides, I hate little ankle biters like that! I went to Just Pets Co with these requirements listed, and they took me to meet all the little terriers at the store. This was the perfect recommendation for me! None of them so big that I couldn’t take it with me to most apartments, yet they were big enough to rough house and catch tennis balls. Of all the terriers there I choose a little wire haired Jack Russell that I just went crazy for! Match well made!
Just Pets Co
8874 Maximus Drive
Lone Tree, CO