Which Breed(s) Are Best for You?
It's wise to do some research!
Roughly 25% of the dogs residing in animal shelters are purebred dogs. The reasons to give up a purebred dog are much the same as for any owner relinquishing his pet: moving, change in family circumstances such as a new baby, divorce or death of an owner, allergies, or behavioral issues with the dog.
Some reasons for giving up a pet, such as an unexpected move or the development of allergies, can’t be helped and the RVSPCA is happy to be able to help find the pet a new home.
In many cases, though, if an individual had researched breed traits before taking the animal home, the trauma and disappointment of having to surrender a pet could have been avoided.
Information on breed characteristics is readily available. Research would reveal:
- Adult size and weight. The fluffy little Rottweiler pup will likely grow into a large, 75 pound dog.
- Energy level and exercise requirements. All dogs benefit from regular exercise, but for some breeds, it is a requirement for them - and their owners - to be happy and content.
- Independence. Some breeds are more independent and will be happy staying alone for longer periods of time than others who crave attention.
- Medical conditions. Some breeds are more prone to certain medical conditions than others. This knowledge is helpful when making a life-long commitment to the pet, or to be used for preventive measures.
- Grooming. Some breeds shed a tremendous amount, while others retain their coats better. Some breeds will require daily brushing or regular trips to a groomer to look their best.
This advice applies to the mixed breeds as well. When considering a mixed breed, it is wise to research the traits of all possible breeds.
Cats also exhibit certain behaviors depending on their breeds.
Animal Planet can help you make the right selection for your home.