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Deciding to bring home a dog or a puppy is a big step in most individual's lives, and is not one that should be made on the spur of the moment. A dog is a living animal, that has both physical and emotional needs, just the same as any other type of pet. Dogs, through selective breeding, have become excellent companions, ideal for families, individuals and even for homes with small children. Understanding the complete commitment to having a dog as a pet will help you in deciding exactly what type of dog you will need, or even if a dog is the best type of pet for you and your family.
There are four main areas to consider when deciding if you are prepared to make the necessary commitment to owning a dog. These areas include the emotional commitment you must make, the environmental space and areas you must provide, the training and socialization activities necessary to own a well behaved and well adjusted dog, as well as the dog experience you may or may not have. In order to understand the various aspects of these commitments, it is important to consider them one at a time. [...]
Stopping to ask yourself and your family a few basic questions before bringing home your dog or puppy will help you decide what type, breed and size of dog is best for your home, but also help you be completely prepared for the big day. The following questions are the basic questions you will need to answer before getting ready for the new addition to the family.
In order to really understand what type or breed of dog you should consider, take the time to actually write down the answers to these questions, being sure to ask other family members for their input and ideas - especially if they will be taking care of the dog or puppy some of the time. Keep in mind that all dogs or puppies within a breed will have their own unique requirements and characteristics, but most will fall within the particular attributes of the breed. [...]
Afghan hounds are independent thinkers and generally don't care if their actions please you or not. Of course there are exceptions, but this is the general nature of the breed. They are also known for their emotional sensitivity which makes discipline a tricky business. [...]
Afghan hounds are one of the most regal and elegant breeds of dog and as such, they require quite a bit of care. Keeping your dog well fed, groomed and exercised can be time consuming but the result will be well worth the effort. [...]
Not only are Afghan Hounds gorgeous and regal, they also are also extremely interesting animals as well. Here are some fun and unusual facts about the Afghan hound that you might not know. [...]
Acquiring an Akita can be something you need to contemplate about. Would you want to raise an Akita from puppyhood? Or would you rather adopt an older Akita, one that has been rescued and placed at the local shelters? Can you really handle taking care of an Akita at all? [...]
Not all purebred Akita puppies are put up for adoption or for sale. If you are seriously considering adopting one from the few that are offered to the public, you must first check the quality of the Akita puppy you propose to get. [...]
The Pomeranian boasts many good traits. It is a big favorite among many dog lovers, including many famous people past and present. It is a very intelligent breed that can be easily trained to do many tricks. This makes it a glamour dog that seeks attention.
The Pomeranian is also an excellent watchdog that readily announces intruders and trespassers with its loud, sharp barks. It is a great alarm dog as it can easily sense danger. This dog can easily adapt to life in the city, and it can be a fine dog for country living as well with its intense hunting instincts. [...]
Whether it's mental stimulation or physical, the American Eskimo is a breed that requires, as well as enjoys, a high level of activity. In nearly every picture of an Eskie, they are seen in an outdoor setting. They thoroughly take pleasure in being out and about, interacting and regularly expecting to be included in daily household activites. [...]
The fun part of choosing an American Eskimo as a pet is deciding on the perfect name. The right name should inspire good energy and establish rapport between the owner and his or her pet. For many, the task is rather easy; for others it can be downright daunting. [...]
When it comes to dog owners, it is said that like attracts like and that people with certain character traits will choose dogs that share their own. Many who choose the Australian Cattle Dog mostly appreciate the breed's supreme loyalty and overall confidence. [...]
For the most part, the Australian Cattle Dog is a very healthy breed. They are sturdy and strong, able to not only withstand the harsh Australian climate but able to confidently move around herds of cattle without any fear of injury. Cattle Dog breeders have worked quite hard to ensure their favorite breed maintains a certain standard. This has helped to keep the unfortunate effects of unscrupulous breeding practices at bay. [...]
The Basenji is a breed of dog that was born and bred for hunting in the wilds of Africa. They have a strong urge to roam not only for the purpose of surveying the boundaries of their territory but for scouting any new game in the area. The Basenji has a keen sense of smell and a strong instinct to chase after things that scurry along the ground. They are alert, self reliant and can seem somewhat distant. Strangers are considered suspect unless and until proven otherwise. [...]
The Basenji is a dog with a reputation for having a catlike demeanor. Considering a cat has a strong lean towards autonomy and many expect dogs to be somewhat the opposite, it can leave one wondering how the two balance out. Many take on the Basenji assuming that their new pet will make the necessary adjustments to their new living arrangement. The best type of home and owner for a Basenji is one that can keep all expectations to a minimum and consistently enforce boundaries from the start. [...]
Before you decide which breed of dog to have for a pet, you can't simply go to a reputable breeder or shelters and impulsively pick out one that may capture your fancy. That's a big no-no. It's like confining yourself in a casino to bet on your life. Or worse, marrying a person you have just met in a bar or somebody who sat next to you in the cinema. There are certainly important factors that you must consider first. [...]