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Dogs enjoy living in a group which helps them fit right into a human household. If you are considering adopting a dog, think about how your family or living situation may change over time. Do you plan to have more children, move to the country, take a new job, travel?
Some large breeds live 7 years and small ones 17.
Some breeds of dog are prone to obesity or epilepsy.
Some need monthly grooming which requires budgeting.
Athletic breeds need to be included in outdoor activities and placid dogs easily adapt to a hectic family schedule.
A tidy person should have a curly coated dog because fur can be brushed out at the owner’s convenience.
No matter what the anyone tells you, the only dog that doesn't shed is a hairless one.
Purebred dogs developed for particular types of work will have specific inherited behavior. Some individuals are more strongly driven than others. Be sure you understand what you are looking for and getting into. Mixed breed dogs may resemble one breed, but have behavior of another. Selecting a dog based on his appearance can be a sound idea, as long as you aren't attracted to a tall, dark, handsome type that's wrong for you. Always consider the dog's temperament and skills as well as his appearance.
Animal Shelters* and Rescue** groups can tell you the most common reasons that certain types of dogs lose their homes; need for exercise, barking or not tolerating being left alone for long periods. Call veterinarians and dog trainers for their opinions as well. Pet professionals may recommend behavior assessment to evaluate the training needs of a dog you are considering adopting. Be prepared for the dog you adopt.
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*Some governments run their own animal shelters. Some contract with local charities or humane groups. Frederick County runs its own shelter in conjunction with 24 hour emergency response for animals in distress or threatening the well being of a citizen.
**Rescue Groups house homeless animals in private homes and offer them for adoption through events and advertising. Most Rescue groups work with shelters and may specialize in one or two types of pets. If you have a favorite breed of dog, your local shelter can refer you to a rescue group or contact the American Kennel Club for the Breed Club or Rescue Group nearest you.
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