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The Right Dog for You

Do you know what breed of dog you want? Do you want a Puppy, an Adult or an Older dog? Do you want a Male or a Female? Do you want a dog for a specific purpose? Do you want a small or a large dog? Do you want a short haired or long haired dog? Choosing a dog is a big decision and we have some simple questions for you to follow which will help you find the perfect dog to welcome into your home: Can I make a lifelong commitment to a dog?   Remember that the average dog can live up to 12 years! Will a dog fit in well with my family?   Do you have children?  How old are they? Will a dog get along with my other pets ?   Do you have cats or another dog? Is my home big enough for a dog?   Do you have a back yard or garden?  Is there a park nearby? Can I exercise my dog every day ? Do you have time to take your dog for walks? Is there someone at home all day?  Dogs get lonely just like us! Can I find the time to train and groom a dog? Do you want to give your dog a lot of attention? If you can answer “Yes” to these questions the next step is to ask yourself what sort of dog you would like: BackTo Top Do you know what breed of dog you want?    Choosing a specific breed of dog has the advantage in that you will know what to expect but mongrels and cross breeds dont tend to have the health issues that certain breeds suffer from due to inbreeding. Visit our Dog Breeds Guide to learn more. BackTo Top Do you want a Puppy, an Adult or an Older Dog? Puppies Puppies need a lot of attention!  Be prepared to spend a lot of your time training your puppy, especially over the first six months. Busy families should bear in mind that puppies cant be left alone for more than a few hours at a time.  There may be a few little accidents in the house whilst your puppy is learning to be house trained and you might find your favourite slippers end up chewed to bits but with a little patience your efforts will be paid off with a well behaved and loving new pet. Visit our Puppy Care Advice for more helpful tips. Adult Dogs Adult dogs can be a great choice if you dont have the time to dedicate to training a puppy as most adult dogs already know how to behave if they have been homed with a family before.  You will have to spend some time getting your dog used to his new house so that he settles in as well as letting him get to know you so that you bond together happily. Senior Dogs Senior dogs can make wonderful companions.  If you are looking for a calm, mature dog that prefers gentle walks to romping about then an older dog would be ideal.    Remember that if you choose an older dog they will need special attention and may need to visit the vet more often due to old age. Visit our Senior Dogs Advice to learn more. BackTo Top Do you want a Male or a Female? If you already have a dog at home and want a companion for them its best to opt for the opposite sex.  The general rules are that a male dog will accept a female dog coming into his home better than another male. If you do opt for another male you will need to keep an eye on them to make sure they are getting on all right.  A female dog will take to a male dog entering her home as most male dogs will display submissive behaviour to a female.  The worst mix is two females as there is a higher chance that they will fight with each other. Females Female dogs are smaller than males and some people believe that they are good choice if you have young children as they are naturally more mothering and protective over little ones – even if they are from another species!  Some dog trainers reckon that females are smarter than males, are more willing to learn and have a longer attention span.  Males Males are larger than females, are more active and have better endurance.  They have lots of energy and are fun to play with as well as being loyally protective.  Male dogs may see children as playmates and if you have small children they may be frightened if your dog is very bouncy and frisky around them.  If your dog isnt neutered you could find him charging off to visit females in heat and fighting other male rivals.  Visit our Dog Training Advice to learn more BackTo Top Do you want a dog for a specific purpose? If you are looking for a guard dog, a gun dog or an energetic dog to keep you company jogging or even one to compete in Agility, Obedience or Field shows and events we recommend that you have a look at our Breeds Guide to find a suitable companion.  Visit our Dog Breeds Guide to learn more Generally Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds are used as guard dogs and Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters and Pointers make good gun dogs.  The best breeds for energy and dog Agility training are: Terriers, German Shepherds, Border Collies, Retrievers, Spaniels and Poodles.  Some breeds just aren’t suited to Agility training. Giant breeds like Great Danes and Mastiffs usually don’t have the energy and short-nosed breeds like Boxers and Bulldogs have difficulty with activities that require heavy breathing.  Breeds with short legs, like Dachshunds, can have a hard time clearing the jumps. BackTo Top Do you want a small or a large dog? You may already have set your heart on a little lap dog that you can carry around or a large dog you can enjoy the outdoors with. If you cant decide, then perhaps a medium sized dog would be a good choice. Remember that large dogs need more space – will he fit in your car?  Do you have plenty of room in your house and is your garden big enough?  Large dogs also need more food. Visit our Dog Feeding Advice to learn more Small dogs can be more delicate and more sensitive to colder temperatures so you may need to buy a dog coat to keep them warm in winter.  BackTo Top Do you want a short haired or long haired dog? Every dog needs to be groomed regularly to stay healthy and clean but do you have enough time to groom a dog that sheds hair all year round?  No dog is 100% non-shedding but if you suffer from allergies or just want a dog that doesnt moult a lot there are some breeds that are suitable such as Poodles, Greyhounds or Shih Tzus.  Don’t forget that some of these dogs will need clipping to prevent their coats from matting.  Breeds such as Poodles will need clipping every 4 – 6 weeks to keep their shape.  Visit our Dog Grooming Advice to learn more . Petstop have a great range of dog grooming accessories in our Products section. If you would like to arrange grooming for your dog visit Pet Parlour at Petstop to make an appointment for a no-obligation, free consultation with our expert Groomer. Choosinga dog is a big decision and we have some simple questions for you tofollow which will help you find the perfect dog to welcome into yourhome: CanI make a lifelong commitment to a dog? Remember that the average dog can live up to 12 years! Willa dog fit in well with my family ? Do you have children? How old are they? Willa dog get along with my other pets? Do you have cats or another dog? Ismy home big enough for a dog? Do you have a back yard or garden? Is there a park nearby? CanI exercise my dog every day? Doyou have time to take your dog for walks? Isthere someone at home all day? Dogs get lonely just like us! CanI find the time to train and groom a dog? Doyou want to give your dog a lot of attention?   BackTo Top BackTo Top   Ifyou can answer “Yes” to these questions the next step is to askyourself what sort of dog you would like: Doyou know what breed of dog you want? Choosinga specific breed of dog has the advantage in that you will know whatto expect but mongrels and cross breeds dont tend to have the healthissues that certain breeds suffer from due to inbreeding. Visitour Dog Breeds Guide to learn more.   BackTo Top BackTo Top   Doyou want a Puppy, an Adult or an Older Dog? Puppies Puppiesneed a lot of attention! Be prepared to spend a lot of your timetraining your puppy, especially over the first six months. Busyfamilies should bear in mind that puppies cant be left alone formore than a few hours at a time. There may be a few little accidentsin the house whilst your puppy is learning to be house trained andyou might find your favourite slippers end up chewed to bits but witha little patience your efforts will be paid off with a well behavedand loving new pet. Visitour Puppy Care Advice for more helpful tips. AdultDogs Adultdogs can be a great choice if you dont have the time to dedicate totraining a puppy as most adult dogs already know how to behave ifthey have been homed with a family before. You will have to spendsome time getting your dog used to his new house so that he settlesin as well as letting him get to know you so that you bond togetherhappily. SeniorDogs Seniordogs can make wonderful companions. If you are looking for a calm,mature dog that prefers gentle walks to romping about then an olderdog would be ideal. Remember that if you choose an older dog theywill need special attention and may need to visit the vet more oftendue to old age. Visitour Senior Dogs Advice to learn more. BackTo Top >BackTo Top     Doyou want a Male or a Female? Ifyou already have a dog at home and want a companion for them itsbest to opt for the opposite sex. The general rules are that a maledog will accept a female dog coming into his home better than anothermale. If you do opt for another male you will need to keep an eye onthem to make sure they are getting on all right. A female dog willtake to a male dog entering her home as most male dogs will displaysubmissive behaviour to a female. The worst mix is two females asthere is a higher chance that they will fight with each other. Females Femaledogs are smaller than males and some people believe that they aregood choice if you have young children as they are naturally moremothering and protective over little ones – even if they are fromanother species! Some dog trainers reckon that females are smarterthan males, are more willing to learn and have a longer attentionspan. Males Malesare larger than females, are more active and have better endurance. They have lots of energy and are fun to play with as well as beingloyally protective. Male dogs may see children as playmates and ifyou have small children they may be frightened if your dog is verybouncy and frisky around them. If your dog isnt neutered you couldfind him charging off to visit females in heat and fighting othermale rivals. Visitour Dog Training Advice to learn more   BackTo Top BackTo Top   Doyou want a dog for a specific purpose? Ifyou are looking for a guard dog, a gun dog or an energetic dog tokeep you company jogging or even one to compete in Agility, Obedienceor Field shows and events we recommend that you have a look at ourBreeds Guide to find a suitable companion. Visitour Dog Breeds Guide to learn more GenerallyRottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds are used asguard dogs and Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters and Pointers make goodgun dogs. The best breeds for energy and dog Agility training are:Terriers, German Shepherds, Border Collies, Retrievers, Spaniels andPoodles. Some breeds just aren’t suited to Agility training. Giantbreeds like Great Danes and Mastiffs usually don’t have the energyand short-nosed breeds like Boxers and Bulldogs have difficulty withactivities that require heavy breathing. Breeds with short legs,like Dachshunds, can have a hard time clearing the jumps. BackTo Top Doyou want a small or a large dog? Youmay already have set your heart on a little lap dog that you cancarry around or a large dog you can enjoy the outdoors with. If youcant decide, then perhaps a medium sized dog would be a good choice. Rememberthat large dogs need more space – will he fit in your car? Do youhave plenty of room in your house and is your garden big enough? Large dogs also need more food. Visitour Dog Feeding Advice to learn more Smalldogs can be more delicate and more sensitive to colder temperaturesso you may need to buy a dog coat to keep them warm in winter. BackTo Top Doyou want a short haired or long haired dog? Everydog needs to be groomed regularly to stay healthy and clean but doyou have enough time to groom a dog that sheds hair all year round? Nodog is 100% non-shedding but if you suffer from allergies or justwant a dog that doesnt moult a lot there are some breeds that aresuitable such as Poodles, Greyhounds or Shih Tzus. Don’t forgetthat some of these dogs will need clipping to prevent their coatsfrom matting. Breeds such as Poodles will need clipping every 4 –6 weeks to keep their shape. Visitour Dog Grooming Advice to learn more. Petstophave a great range of Dog Grooming accessories in our Productssection. BackTo Top