Is Best of Show Right For You?
The winners at the Westminster Dog Show this year are expected to inspire thousands of people across the country to buy one of these breeds for themselves and their families. The question these buyers need to ask is not whether they like the looks of the winners, but whether the “best in breed” is best for them.
Keryn Rod of Purebred Breeders LLC says, “The most important factors to take into account when bringing a new pet home are the adult size of your dog, your activity level, family structure, and time management.” According to Pet Health, Inc., 10 percent of owners surrendered their new pets because they were incompatible and unwanted.
Estimates suggest six to eight million dogs and cats are taken in by shelters each year. And, some 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebred and some percentage of those enter with AKC registration papers.
“To avoid the problems of dogs ending up in shelters people need to avoid making an uneducated, impulse purchase after watching the Westminster Dog show on TV,” Rod says.
Purebred Breeders LLC has put together the following recommendations for prospective dog owners to think about before bringing home a new dog.
Puppies are all small but knowing the expected adult size for the dog breeds you are interested in can give you a clearer picture of the space your dog will need and if your living space is right for a dog that size. Make sure to check your lease or association for any policies on animals as many properties that allow pets may limit the size of your pet in the condo or rental.
All dog breeds possess specific temperament characteristics unique to the breed. The dog you choose should be a breed that is compatible with your activity and fitness levels. A dog that requires regular exercise can become ill if provided with inadequate stimulation.
The responsibilities of pet ownership such as veterinarian visits, walks, and training should be considered before the adoption process. Being realistic about the commitment and responsibility necessary will ease your transition into being a responsible dog owner.
If you have children, consider their ages and interests and find a dog breed that is known to be ‘family-friendly’ and whose personality will compliment your family’s style.
Evaluating your routine can provide you with a better understanding of how much time you are able to dedicate to a dog. You can then look for a breed whose needs are in line with your schedule, and feel confident knowing that you will be able to provide your dog the attention it deserves.
Rod says, “If you follow these guidelines and don’t just follow your impulse while watching the Westminster Dog Show, you’ll end up a happy dog owner with a happy dog.”
Purebred Breeders LLC was founded in 2005 with the mission of connecting healthy and happy purebred puppies with responsible dog owners while providing exceptional customer service and puppy education. Purebred Breeders, has a comprehensive breeder screening and health-check process that has allowed it to place puppies with thousands of families over the years.