Choosing a Puppy

Choosing the right canine for your household is very important.  Will the dog get along with kids?  Will the dog get along with other animals in the household?  Does the dog have a good disposition?  These are some of the questions you might ask when deciding what kind of dog you want.
Are you looking for a purebred or mixed breed or just a plan old mutt?  Mixed breeds can be more affordable, whereas purebred can be quite expensive.  Don’t dismiss the mutt option either from the local pound.  Mutts can be just as lovable, energetic, and loyal as the other breeds.
Size matters.  Think about how big or small the dog is that you want.  Do you have room for the pup to run and play or will it be cooped up because you don’t go outside a lot.  If so, do you have a room where the pup can run free?
Personality for a puppy develops around seven weeks of age.  Spend a little time picking and choosing your dog, and you both will reap the rewards.  Make sure you can hold the puppy and cuddle him.  Drop a book during a quiet moment and see if the pup runs and hides.  Get on your hands and knees and play with the puppy to see if he responds in kind or is aggressive toward you.
There are several places to start your search.  Asking friends or your vet are good places to start.  Also, you can contact your local shelter or ASPCA for their selection of animals.

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