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Factors to Consider when Buying a Pet Dog

Dogs are possibly the most popular and loved pets among people all over the world. Most pet owners will either have a cat or dog, which has led to the light-hearted and mostly hilarious “dog people” versus “cat people” arguments and jokes all over the internet. Dogs are excellent companions for humans for so many reasons. First, dogs are extremely intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tasks. Besides, dogs are quite social and interactive therefore, an excellent pet to spend time with, unlike other domestic animals that barely show any concern for their owners. Dogs can also offer security and warn their owners when they sense something for example if someone breaks into the compound. Over time, many dog breeds have been developed, for example, Pitbulls and blue Weimaraners. You can find these dogs in various pet shops. This article discusses some factors to consider when buying a pet dog.

One thing you have to consider is the breed of the pet dog you want to buy. Different dog breeds will have different characteristics and will want to be taken care of differently. Some dog breeds, for example, the pit bull or German shepherd are quite aggressive and might not be friendly to guests. They might possibly hurt them however, they are excellent guard dogs. Other breeds like the bloodhound are quite good for tracking down animals and hunting. Pets like the chihuahua are much smaller in size and quite playful. They are quite convenient to walk around with and inexpensive to take care of.

Another thing to consider is the cost of owning a particular dog. There are two aspects to this; one is purchasing the dog and another is its cost of upkeep. Some exotic dog breeds are extremely expensive to purchase and keep, however, they are quite useful for the specific purposes they were intended for. An example is the German shepherd which is a really good security or police dog that can be trained to perform complex tasks, for example, sniffing out drugs and certain explosives or track down and stop suspects that are trying to run away without hurting them. Some expensive dogs like certain chihuahua breeds are not at all expensive to keep because they consume very little food and since they are in-door pets, they don’t catch many diseases or parasites.

You also have to factor in the intended purpose for the dog. Different dog breeds behave differently. Some are more equipped to perform certain tasks than others for example, the bloodhound is a really good hunter and tracker of wild animals. Other dogs like the Beagle are excellent house pets as they consume very little food and are intelligent enough to learn tricks like opening doors and flushing toilets.

One last thing to consider is the environment in your area of residence. Different dog breeds are adapted to survive in different environments. The Golden Retriever, for example, is a dog that thrives in extremely hot environments and is an appropriate choice for people living in arid parts of the country.

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