It's time to add a puppy to your family and you want the best for your new furry friend. You have gotten the bed, bowls, and toys...everything for your new friend. You go to pick up your puppy and find that there is one puppy left in the litter that no one has taken home. You watch your puppy playing with his littermate. They are rolling and tussling back and forth, wearing each other out, and a light bulb clicks on in your head. "Our family is busy and there will be times when our puppy is left by himself. I don't want him to get lonely. I want him to grow into a happy dog". You turn to the breeder and say, "I'll take both!" with a big smile on your face...after all isn't having two puppies twice the fun? ...
Choosing Your Puppy
How important is it to know the differences in temperament, disposition, attitude and personality of a prospective puppy? It is tremendously important!
The Dachshund has been one of the popular family dogs in the United States for decades. Originating in Germany in the 1600, their initial purpose was to flush, chase and fight to the death, badgers and other small burrowing animals.
The Siberian Husky is without a doubt, one of the most impressive looking dogs on this planet. Their wolf-like appearance will turn heads wherever they go. Studies of canine DNA have proven being in the Spitz family; they are among the oldest domesticated breeds.
Many of us have a fairytale image of a child and their dog. We remember Timmy and Lassie with Lassie listening to all of Timmy's problems, providing a big furry neck when a hug was needed, and saving Timmy from all the wells he managed to fall into. We naturally think, "If only I had a dog like Lassie..." but Lassie was just a character on television. She was actually a composite of 5-7 male Rough Coated Collies, all were airbrushed to look alike and each had specific jobs to do while on the set. When off camera, the collies all lived very structured lives. Their owners provided everything the dogs needed; from food to affection to discipline, they were never left to just "run" free as it might appear in the show. Dogs left alone to be dogs will be, just that, dogs. Dogs are not furry children, which we all know, but it's hard to look at them and not see the common traits. Dogs appear to do some of the same behaviors children do but they do it for different reasons.
One of America's favorite dogs, the Pomeranian is a tiny, fluffy, handful of fun!
Originating in Central Europe, their larger ancestors were known as Wolf-Spitz. With their thick, double coat, they were just the things to herd flocks of sheep and pull sleds through the frozen tundra. The smaller ones were kept at home, more as companions and watchdogs.
Originating over 100 years ago, along the border between Scotland and England, this magnificent animal was bred to work nonstop, herding sheep. Diligent, alert, focused, and loyal, with astounding stamina best describes them. Sometimes required to run over 40 miles per day, and with their remarkable intuitiveness, the Border Collie has been an crucial asset to his owner.
Originating in the Mediterranean area, these little dogs, with long, silky white hair, appear to float, rather than walk across a room. Believed to have gained their popularity among European royalty after the Crusades, Maltese were kept as companions and sometimes bed warmers!
All too often we let our emotions get the best of us, when it comes to deciding on the when to get a new puppy or dog. There are right and wrong times. More often than not, impulsive decisions frequently lead to regretful and sometimes grave results.
All too often, people make the mistake of letting their emotions override logic and rational when getting any puppy or dog. It's cute or it has a sad face or it had a terrible life. The motivations are endless. However, the choice to include a deaf pet into your life must be a lucid decision.
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