Did you know that there are over 300 breeds of dogs? And that isn’t even including the mutts! To find out whether a certain breed is right for you, it’s important to approach the breeder armed with a list of questions. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask when you’re looking for a puppy.
How bright is this breed?
- The more intelligent the dog, the easier he/she will be to train.
- Working and herding dogs such as collies and shepherds tend to be the most intelligent because their job is to work with people. They may have been bred to take orders, make decisions, and solve problems. It’s no accident that many Hollywood dogs are Border collies or Australian shepherds.
Is this the nervous type?
- Such breeds aren’t good for older folks or children.
- Nervous breeds of dogs are more apt to bite when startled or to bark all day.
- They develop nervous habits-such as chewing or scratching on furniture, or when they get bored.
- Certain terriers and show dogs are considered high-strung because they have been bred for looks, not personality.
What’s likely to ail this dog?
- Some breeds are very susceptible to respiratory disorders or hip dysplasia. Others have poor eyesight or are prone to certain diseases.
- Any of these problems will shorten the life of you pet and perhaps cost you thousands of dollars in veterinary bills.
Is she chatty?
- It’s natural for dogs to bark. They do so to protect their territory and when they are feeling playful.
- Some dogs, such as terriers and certain hounds, bark more often than other breeds. They’re exuberant and loyal, but you’ll always know when they’re around. This makes them better dogs for homeowners than apartment dwellers.
Remember: A puppy has to reach a certain maturity before it can be safely separated from its mother. A puppy should be at least ten weeks old when separated or else it will have a greater chance of being small, antisocial, and prone to illness.