More to Think About

After all you've been asked to think about—size, long hair or short, purebred or mixed, temperament, and more—there are actually a couple more things you should mull over before you go looking for a dog.

Puppy or Dog?

Do you want a puppy or would the best dog for you be an adult? Puppies are cute, there's no doubt about that, and everyone loves a puppy. But puppies are babies and need a lot of care, require very careful supervision, and need to spend a lot of time with you. On the other hand, puppies are like lumps of clay, ready for you to shape and mold. When you raise a puppy, it's your responsibility, yes, but you can also raise the puppy the way you wish her to grow up.

If you don't have the time or the patience for a puppy, or if you have very young children or senior citizens in the house who might be too fragile for a puppy, you may want an older puppy or an adult dog. This dog is past the worst of puppyhood (the housetraining, mouthing and biting, and, I hope, the chewing) and, depending on the dog's age, is usually a little calmer. The downfall of adopting an older puppy or an adult is that doing so is much like buying a used car. You have no idea how she has been treated, whether the dog has had any training, or how she has been socialized to people and other dogs. Like a used car, she may be a gem or a lemon.

Male or Female?

You also need to decide whether you want a male or female dog. Depending on the individual breed and its characteristics, males are often a little more protective of their property than females and, as puppies, tend to be more destructive. Females are usually a little easier to housetrain, although males often take to obedience training better. Although some breeds may have a little bit of difference, as a general rule there is no difference in levels of excitability, behavior problems, or affection between males and females.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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