Every puppy is adorable and special in their own way; but not every breed is the right fit for every family. In order to create a connection between a pet and a forever home, a potential pet owner really needs to acquire knowledge about the breed, what to expect when that puppy grows up, and how to identify their household’s needs and preferences for pet ownership.
The country’s fastest growing pet store, Doral’s World Famous Puppies, has sold thousands of puppies during its first year of business, going from a one-man operation to a multi-million dollar company. WFP ships puppies all over the world and has been officially recognized by the mayor of Doral, Florida, as an outstanding local company.
World Famous Puppies knows pets, and owner/CEO Erik Torres has weighed in on his experience in the industry and his personal passion of connecting precious pups with their forever homes.
Do The Research
A Siberian Husky won’t have the same needs as, say, a Chihuahua; a Golden Retriever has different needs than a French Bulldog. All different breeds have different needs. And while there is a trend today toward adopting shelter pets, and while that may be a great option for some people, many families with small children prefer to purchase breeder-certified animals so they know everything about the dog’s genetics and expected disposition.
It’s important to understand the characteristics and needs that a particular breed has before making that pet part of your family. It’s not safe to assume that all dogs are the same just because they’re all furry and have paws!
Let’s go back to the Siberian Husky versus Chihuahua, for example. Huskies grow to be between 20” and 24” and at adulthood can weigh between 35-60 pounds (males weigh more than females). That’s a sizable pet! They do shed quite a bit, so this isn’t the ideal pet for someone with allergies. Also, they’re super energetic and need room to run, so this is not a great fit for an apartment unless you’re willing and able to take them for multiple walks (runs!) every single day. They do much better with a large yard to run in.
A Chihuahua is a much smaller dog, weighing only 2-6 pounds, and adults measure a tiny 5” – 8” tall. They don’t shed much, and make a great pet for someone living in a small space. They might not be the best fit for someone with young children, as a Chihuahua is too small for roughhousing and requires gentle handling. A Chihuahua is content to snuggle indoors in the winter, as they aren’t equipped for cold weather – the opposite of a Husky!
Assess Your Household
With these types of characteristics in mind, it’s key to analyze your family’s situation, including family members and household size, and where you live – not just whether it’s a house or apartment, but the weather in your region as well.
If you live out in the country in the Midwest, for example, you’ll be happy with Huskies or Collies or Golden Retrievers. These bigger dogs need room to run and their thicker coats keep them warm in the winter. If you live down South, your Husky might suffer in the hot, humid summertime; but your Chihuahua will be completely happy soaking up the sun. If you live in the city and have an apartment, a smaller dog like the Chihuahua, a Toy Poodle, or a Bichon Frise is a great option.
Does anyone in your family have allergies? You’ll want to look for dogs that boast hypoallergenic coats, like the Maltese or Bichon Frise, which both shed very infrequently (but does require regular grooming). Another option is the always popular Poodle, and the Airedale Terrier, a breed that is excellent with children. (Bonus for Airedales: they hardly shed or drool!)
There are even breeds without hair, or which have very little, such as the American Hairless Terrier and the Chinese Crested. (Just make sure they don’t get sunburned!)
Just keep in mind that no dog is going to be 100% hypoallergenic. Dr. Lynn Buzhardt of VCA Hospitals wishes to remind pet owners that the term “hypoallergenic” refers to “breeds that are less likely to stimulate allergies in people”. Still, many people who suffer allergic reactions from typical pets have reported being quite comfortable around breeds designated as hypoallergenic.
Find Your Family’s Dream Pet
Aside from considerations such as where you live and if anyone in your household has allergies, it’s also important to keep in mind what kind of people live in your household. Different stages of life and different needs and desires can dictate what kind of pet is the best fit for you.
If you’re a senior, especially if you live alone, a low maintenance, smaller animal with lower energy levels is a good fit. The affectionate and low-shedding Shih Tzu is a great choice; many seniors also adore their Toy Poodles, Pugs, and French Bulldogs.
Families with small children may benefit from gentle breeds that have enough energy to run around and play. An excellent choice is the Collie, which is a loving and energetic breed that is also very protective over their loved ones. A Collie is both a playful companion and a guard dog – the size of the standard Collie alone is enough to deter would-be intruders into a family home, and the Collie’s loud bark will send them running. Other great family choices are Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and Beagles.
Another factor to keep in mind is how much time you’re home as opposed to how much you work or do other activities outside the home. As mentioned before, if you live in a city apartment and have a pet that needs frequent walks, it’s not going to be a good match if you aren’t available to meet that dog’s needs. Some breeds need more grooming, more training, and more attention to be happy and healthy. If you’re hardly ever home and your dog won’t have outdoor access, you might not be in the stage of your life where a dog is a good fit.
World Famous Puppies To the Rescue
No matter what you and your family need or want in a pet, World Famous Puppies is an excellent option when it comes to selecting your new family member. The experienced team takes individual videos of every single puppy that goes through their hands, showcasing the puppies’ personality and temperament, and offering details about that breed’s characteristics and needs.
World Famous Puppies is dedicated to acquiring the healthiest, happiest puppies from high quality breeders and offers lifelong support for pet owners. Customers report that the company is much less concerned about its bottom line than about providing the best support available to pet owners. The owner and CEO Erik Torres has a passion for pets and is dedicated to matching the right puppy with the right home.
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