Are you ready to find your next furry friend? There are several factors that come in to play. In the last year, limited availability has been a driving force. Hopefully, some day things will rebalance. When selecting a breed or mix, size, shedding factors and attraction seem to be high on the list. I find that most resources are vague when it comes to temperament and what you can truly expect. Most of us will love our dogs no matter their temperament but I think it is best to go in with your eyes wide open so you can make an informed decision.
One of the books I reference the most is called Paws to Consider by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. It is a dog selection book written by trainers (not breeders, who let’s face it – are a bit biased). While I really can’t say that I agree with the author’s training methods described in other books, this one is a gem. It was written in 1999 so it is a bit hard to come by (try Amazon) but it is truly worth the search. They detail:
- Usual pluses
- Possible drawbacks (and they are honest and usually spot on)
- Grooming and shedding
- How much training will be necessary
- How suitable they are for children and other pets
- Their bite potential
- Health concerns
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