Whether you’re a “dog person” or not, this is not a trivial matter. Bringing a dog into your family involves a large responsibility – to your household and to the dog. They are living, breathing, feeling beings who need affection, interaction, and proper care. Once you adopt a dog, it will be part of your family and must not be forgotten. Choose the wrong breed and you may be in for years of confrontation. Choose the right dog, though, and you’ll be rewarded many times over. Be prepared to ask questions like, “Will this dog fit with my family?” and “Will he be a healthy dog?” Then be prepared to answer them in great detail. Also be prepared to start over when you rule out a breed. The most important advice we can give is: don’t rush. Some people take years to decide what kinds of dogs they want to share their lives.
As you might guess, we’ve got plenty of advice on this topic. And we’re supposed to – take a look at the final bullet in our mission statement on the homepage. So here is a table of contents to help you wade through it all. We advise that you peruse the whole thing once before beginning your quest. But then read each section carefully before moving on to that part of the process. For a pocket reference, the Weber Family have assembled a summary of the steps they took before settling on Romy, their Great Pyrenees. Most information there is the same as here and some is different, and that’s fine. You’ve got to decide what is right for you and your family.
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Please note: If you have any questions or concerns about looking for dogs or about a specific breed, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Most likely, there will be someone in the PKC who is experienced with the breed you’re researching and will be willing to talk with you at length and possibly arrange a meeting for you and their dog. And please feel free to copy any part of this article as many times as you wish. Republication of any or all of this material is granted with the stipulation that the Pocatello Kennel Club is properly cited as the author.