The importance of a good fit
Unlike traditional ways of growing a family, taking on the responsibility of a dog requires research.
When walking into a pet store, it is evident that puppies appear to bring out the best in people. With their tiny compact bodies, inquisitive natures and spunk, they excavate “the happy” that resides in even the most difficult personas. There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face (Bern Williams).
However, each breed has its gifts and its challenges. It is important to understand that in choosing your canine companion, you need to weigh and consider the different personality types that will suit your personal lifestyle. So, let’s begin the research process.
The American Kennel Club
The American Kennel Club takes you through an overview of each breed via descriptor. They provide you with breed rankings, markings, pictorials, they help you size up if the breed in question is right for you, provides a search engine to assist you in finding that breed through a rescue service or a breeder, and so much more. It gives the prospective owner a first case impression of what to expect should you decide that this breed would be a good fit for you and your family.
American Veterinary Medical Association
Another great resource is the American Veterinary Medical Association. This site will assist you in researching possible disease related issues that would impact your decision making process with respect to canine breed. Everyone’s tolerance level is different and therefore, knowing the disease related issues that might befall your pet is significant and will channel the decision you make.
Query the pet insurance industry
Once you have collected some data, further your research by visiting various pet insurance web sites. Why? Well, some disease related issues aren’t coverable expenses or they might be cost prohibitive and over the tenure of a dog’s lifetime, that will impact you and your family financially.
A few reputable insurance carriers are:
• VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance)
• American Pet Insurance
Ask a veterinarian
To make this a truly comprehensive study, you can check out a local veterinarian in your town, make an appointment for a consultation to discuss breed selection based on the following criteria:
• Disposition and temperament
• Care- physical, social, mental/emotional
• Size and its relation to care
• Disease and disease prevention
• Cost of health care
Create a chart
Make sure that you have charted your research. Use the following headings for your graphic organizer to compartmentalize your findings:
Go to Ed Helper (sign up) and, under the category of ideas and decisions, print out this graphic organizer and fill in the appropriate headings.
Health Care Issues
Where to Find the Breed
A happy ending
No matter where your research takes you, in the end, mutual acceptance will ensure a happy transition. Living things are adaptable and the old adage of nature and nurture is the key to success. Wishing you, happy trails.