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How to choose a Dog-Part 1

The decision to choose a dog is not a decision to be taken lightly, given that most dogs live to ten years or more. The decision can be influenced by factors such as the space which the dog will share with you and the people living with you, as well as the health and exercise needs that the dog is likely to have, depending on the size and breed of dog you're interested in having. 

Whatever you do, consider all these factors carefully, and don't choose a dog from puppy farms, online, traders, or pet shops. There are many online resources to help guide you about the different types of dog breeds there. In general, mixed breed dogs have fewer health issues than pure bred dogs, and are usually a good choice if you're looking for a family pet. Pure bred dogs are usually a good choice if you want to show your dog at dog shows or to breed from the dog, but they usually work out to be more expensive than mixed breed dogs. Both pure bred and mixed breed dogs still give their human family the same love and loyalty which makes us so attached to dogs in the first place. 

It is advisable to view the dog's parents, and learn about any health issues your future pet is likely to have from the person selling the dog. This is to avoid you having to pay big vets bills if you inadvertently choose a sickly dog. Alternatively,there is also the option of visiting local animal welfare shelters or dog pounds and choosing a dog from there. You are also doing the shelter or dog pound a favour by rehoming an animal, and preventing a healthy animal from being euthanized. 

Small dogs can live quite happily in apartments or in houses with no garden or a small garden, once they get adequate exercise. The same cannot be said of larger dogs, who require a lot of exercise. No matter what type of dog you choose, a dog will need to be exercised a minimum of 4 times daily, every day of the year, no matter hat the weather. Choosing a dog that suits the exercise needs of you and your family is essential to avoid having an unhealthy and unhappy dog. Some breeds require less exercise than others, but some other breeds need to be exercised a lot.

The World Canine Organization( Fédération Cynologique Internationale or FCI) recognizes 339 breeds of dogs which are divided into 10 groups based upon the dog’s purpose or function or upon its appearance or size. This makes the decision to choose the right dog for you harder with such a variety of dog breeds there, and all the more reason to do your research thoroughly before choosing a canine companion or not.