Choosing the right puppy to fit your family, finances and lifestyle is imperative for a healthy lifelong relationship for both you and your new four legged family member.

There are many factors that must be considered when you are looking to purchase a puppy.  Do you have children?  If so, you will need to get a dog that is laid back and capable of getting along well with kids.  Do you have any other animals? Do you live in a high-rise city apartment?  These are some things that you need to take into consideration when choosing the best breed of dog to match your situation.

Are you looking for a purebred, mixed breed or a mutt? Generally, mixed breeds can be more affordable than purebreds, but a rescued mutt can also be just as loving, loyal and happy as a dog you might get from a breeder.  Additionally, the size of your living arrangements will be a huge factor in determining the size of your new dog.  How big or small of a dog do you want? And if you prefer a larger dog, do you have adequate space?  The larger the dog, the more space they need to run around to exercise.  If you don’t have a fenced yard or access to a fenced play area of adequate size, you may consider a small or toy size breed.

Puppies personalities develop around seven weeks of age.  When you are selecting your puppy, make sure they will let you pick them up and cuddle them.  Drop a book on the ground to see if the puppy runs away and hides. Get down on your hands and knees and play with the puppy.  Are they receptive to you?  Do they seem happy or timid? If you take into consideration all the factors of the puppy’s personality and your living arrangement you will have the best chance at picking out the best possible dog for you and your family.  In addition to that, you will have a positive experience with your family dog, and your new dog will have a positive experience with his new family!

Dr. Marika Zoll

Dr. Marika Zoll