120,000 Dogs are re-homed every year
The statistics speak for themselves. Many new puppy owners are picking breeds that are not suitable for their lifestyles or family situations. Giving a new puppy a home should be a hugely rewarding experience for the whole family, but choosing the right breed for your family can make the difference between a match made in heaven and an expensive heart-rending mistake. So how do you go about picking the right breed? Read on to find out.
Do some research
According to a recent report published by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) over 4.5 million owners did no research at all before taking on their current pet. Given that there are over 200 different breeds of dog ranging from 2.7 kg Chihuahuas to a 70 kg Great Danes making the wrong decision can have a huge impact on everyone involved.
Understand a bit about your favourite breed
Border collies can run 20 – 30 miles a day across hills and mountains. They are uniquely suited to their role as sheep dogs so it will come as no surprise to anyone that confining them in a flat for 8 hours day will very quickly result in behavioural problems. In contrast, many small breed are usually more than happy with short walk to the shops and a quick run round the park. For them, free access to the sofa is heaven!
There is a great series all about picking the right puppy that has aired on BBC 2 recently, and is still available on the iPlayer. It is great fun and hugely informative.
Seek Veterinary Advice
Our vets have a combined experience of 100 years in practice. This gives them a unique insight into what breed would best suit your circumstances. They can also give you an idea of an inherited conditions that your favourite breed may be predisposed to. We are here to support you every step of the way.