Choosing The Right Dog: What To Look For In A Good Dog?
The right dog will make your life easier. Dogs are loyal companions who have been bred to serve humans and other animals. They are reliable, obedient, and affectionate. These qualities make them great family members and good pets. However, there are certain traits that some dogs display better than others when it comes to choosing a new pet owner or adopting one from an animal shelter or rescue organization. Here are the traits that you should look out for when looking for a new pet.
1) Size & Weight
A dog’s size and weight play an important role in its ability to fit into your home. Smaller dogs tend to be smaller and lighter than larger ones, which makes them less likely to cause problems while walking around the house or going through doorways. On the other hand, heavier dogs tend to weigh more and may require extra care if they’re going to fit into small spaces like closets or cupboards.
2) Personality & Temperament
Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and temperaments. Some are very docile and easygoing; others are energetic and quick-tempered. Some love children; others don’t. Most dogs though do have certain personality traits that define their personalities.
Dogs that are energetic and playful tend to get along better with children, while those that are calm and docile may not be the best choice for families with infants and young children who could accidentally hurt the dog.
3) Living Arrangement
How you live may affect what type of dog would be best, if any at all. People who live in small spaces, for example, may not be able to accommodate a large dog that needs space to run. On the other hand, people who have a lot of land may be able to accommodate a dog that needs a lot of outdoor activities and exercise.
Breed plays an important role in your choice of dog. Some dogs are very intelligent and easy to train, while others are more stubborn and set in their ways. Some dogs may seem like they require more maintenance, while others need less. The key is to find out what kind of dog would be best for you.
The most important thing though is to avoid common mistakes made by first-time dog owners.
The above list contains the most basic traits and qualities that make up a dog and which should be considered before making a final decision on what breed is best for you.
Sources & references used in this article:
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- Choosing the right dog: a buyer’s guide to all AKC breeds plus (J Howe – 1980 – agris.fao.org)
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- Choosing a Dog for Dummies (C Walkowicz – 2011 – books.google.com)
- The MDCK variety pack: choosing the right strain (JD Dukes, P Whitley, AD Chalmers – BMC cell biology, 2011 – Springer)
- Morphological similarities between the dog kidney cell line MDCK and the mammalian cortical collecting tubule (S Sternberg – 2003 – * Howell Book House)