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Picking the Right Pup

Picking the right puppy is a big decision, but we want to help!

There are puppies for sale but you need help deciding which to take home. Picking the right pup to bring into your life is difficult, but we hope to help you think it through.

We have identified the main areas of consideration when choosing your fur ever friend. These areas are breed and size, activity and exercise, along with time and place.

Nothing like picking the right puppy and see it running excitedly toward you.

Picking a Pup that is the Right Breed and Size

The breed of dog you will be owning makes a huge difference in their temperament, size, and overall cost.

Some breeds of dogs like Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, bulldogs, and newfound lands are naturally prone to being calmer and more friendly. Other breeds like pit bulls, Chihuahuas, and dachshunds can be prone to more aggressive behavior. That is not to say these are inherently safe or dangerous breeds, but that each breed is predisposed to a certain temperament, and that you should consider their nature when purchasing your pet.

For example, a smaller dog like a pug may save you money in food over their life-spans, but this particular breed of dog is prone to breathing and lung problems which can wind up costing you more money in veterinarian costs. The same is true of very large dogs as well, such as a Great Dane. Great Danes are prone to heart problems due to their massive size which can be taxing on their cardiovascular system. These cardiovascular issues can also lead to high vet bills so be aware of this before purchasing these, and similar, breeds.

Activity and Exercise

While you may think that activity and exercise are one and the same, there are some differences when it comes to keeping your particular breed of pet happy.

For example, a border collie is a high-energy, high-drive breed of dog which needs both mental and physical stimulation in the form of activities. Activities can include things like learning new tricks, obstacle courses, interaction with other animals, and of course physical exercise like walks and runs. If a highly intelligent breed of dog like this is left unstimulated, they can cause problems and become a nuisance to their owners and family members.

Other breeds like the bulldog are more suited to a companion lifestyle where they get enough exercise on a daily basis, but do not necessarily crave activity and stimulation like a border collie would. These dogs are best for elderly owners or people with small children who may interact unpredictably with the dog.

Think about how active you currently are, how active you want to be, and how much energy you are willing to expend on your pet. Knowing your limits and their needs will help keep both of you happy.

A group of puppies looking for a new home.

Time and Place

There are only twenty four hours in a day, and most of those are spent sleeping or working. How many hours do you have each day to dedicate to your dog?

The amount of time spent on your dog will largely depend on its age and activity level. Puppies, by nature, require significantly more time commitment. Picking the right pup will be largely based on your lifestyle. They need to go outside more frequently, exercise more frequently, and be monitored much more closely than a dog over the age of 2. Once your dog is accustomed to your schedule you can better plan your time, but during the early stages, be prepared to spend a ton of time with your puppy.

The place you live is also important when deciding the right breed. If you have a home with a backyard that is fenced in, your responsibilities will be a lot easier when it comes to potty training and light activities. If you live in an apartment or condo you will be limited to outdoors activities in designated areas or sidewalks.

Apartments and condos also typically have breed and weight restrictions along with pet deposits that you will want to be aware of. Review your lease agreement prior to making any final decisions.


Naturally, you will be tempted by the puppies for sale, but knowing everything that has been outlined above will help you make an informed decision and give you and your new puppy a fantastic life.

Still Can’t Decide on the Right Pup to Pick?

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