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Choosing a Puppy

Updated: Mar 13

When choosing your breed of puppy, it is important to consider the following factors:

  1. Size and energy level: Consider the size of the breed and how much exercise and space it will need. Some large breed dogs, like english bulldogs and the great dane, are considered to be low energy and good for smaller space living as it is easier to meet their energy needs through simple means such as a stroll around the neighborhood or time in the yard. While some smaller breed dogs, such as the miniature australian shepherd, enjoy intensive workouts and hikes.

  2. Grooming requirements: Some breeds require more grooming than others. Hypoallergenic, nonshedding, breed types such as shih tzu and yorkshire terriers will need regular trips to the groomer to prevent matting. Double coated breeds like the pomeranian or pekingese will require frequent brushing to remove dead undercoat and allow the dog to properly regulate their body temperature.

  3. Training and temperament: Some breeds, such as the poodle or cavalier king charles spaniel, can be easier to train than others and are considered to be intelligent, biddable, and eager to please. Some breeds, such as the klee kai or shiba inu, may be more opinionated and stubborn.

  4. Purpose: Consider if you are looking for a companion, a therapy dog, a hunting dog or a guard dog. Some breeds may be more well suited for certain roles. What a dog was bred for over generations will factor in part to their personality quirks. For example, our miniature dachshunds may be many generations away from their hunting dog ancestors, but they still retain the instinct to chase smaller animals.

  5. Observe the puppies together, see how they interact with one another and by extension how they might interact with the other people and pets in your household. Remember, they are young and just figuring out how to interact with the world and need our guidance to help shape a well rounded personality.

  6. Observe their overall appearance. Does the breed appeal to you?

It's also essential to meet the puppy before making a final decision, as it will give you an idea about the puppy's personality and behavior! We are always here to help answer any questions you may have about any of our puppies & set up meet and greets.


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