Man’s Best Friend?

Top Things to Think about When Searching for your Next Pet

Once upon a time, not all that long ago you went to the town humane society looking for your new pooch. Now days, you need to navigate the world-wide dog pound! Thinking of adding a furry friend to your family? What things do you need to know looking for a new dog?

As my family and I recently paddled our way through this bottomless pool of pet finding, let me clue you in on a few items of note. The first matter at hand, the initial decision to add a pet to the family. We asked ourselves, “Are you ready to take on the responsibility?” “Do we have enough room for a dog, and how big a dog can we fit?” “Can we financially budget another mouth to feed and care for?” “What costs are involved in care for a dog?” These questions should be tackled before you even venture out in your search. The sink or swim situation is not an option when it involves the lives of defenseless creatures.

After putting some more thought into our next move, I learned how to determine the best matched dogs for our family. Do you have kids? Are your kids young enough where pulling and tugging on the dog could cause tense moments? My grandkids are 8 years old and 12 years old now, showing a certain amount of courtesy for their new pal should be expected. However, there are breeds that are meant to mesh better with their humans than others. Categories of dog breeds consists of members from sporting/hunting, hound, working, toy, terrier, non-sporting, and herding groups. The (AKC) American Kennel Club also recognizes a miscellaneous class as well. Like their human counterparts, dogs are individuals, but certain categories may best suit one family better than another.

Where do you start?

Top Family Friendly Dog Breeds
1. Golden Retriever
2. Retrievers
3. Bull Dog
4. Great Dane
5. Bull Mastiff
6. German Shepard
7. Bull Terrier
8. American Pit
9. Bernese Mountain Dog
10. Boxer

From this list, I narrowed our choice with a few factors. As homeowners, it is important to us our Homeowners Insurance wouldn’t be in peril. Did you know there is such a thing as a “Restricted Dog List”? Construed as discrimination on the part of the insurance companies, it can be circled around if you are willing to jump the loop holes. You can acquire a “Good Citizenship” Certificate from the (AKC) American Kennel Club with the completion of their obedience class training. Another possibility is procuring pet insurance to cover any legal issues. I figure better safe than sorry and eliminated the breeds listed from our personal choices.

Working class

Are you an active, outdoorsy type? Perhaps your choices should come from the sporting or hound breeds. Pointers, retrievers, setters, and spaniels are built for the outside. The more well-known headliner of this group as a “kid-friendly breed”, is the Golden Retriever. Easy trainability, loyal, and their social behavior are just a few reasons the breed earns a family favorite. Their coats even tend to be resilient to the elements including water. Naturally more alert and energetic they enjoy lots of exercise. Another member of the Sporting Class originating from Canada, is the Labrador Retriever. He is at home with a family. Known for his disposition and fondness for the water, Labrador Retrievers were bred as companions on fishing boats and hunting parties. Again, their natural love for activity and the outdoors is a factor to remember. So, be prepared to play lots of fetch with him!

The American Kennel Club’s Working Classification introduces us to a child friendly companion, the Boxer. These are playful pups take their job seriously as the family watchdog. Naturally alert and athletic but patient and protective motives prove their loyalty toward you. Medium to large and lean muscular physique, they resemble their name sake of an athletic boxer. Other members of the working-class dogs are Newfundlands, Mastiffs, St. Bernards, and Husky breeds.

Family Friendly Breeds

You probably can discern our pick of a pooch lies in their ability to thrive with children. Next, do we want a purebred or mixed breed? Since, we opted to adopt a rescue dog, the choices for a mix are more in our favor. I found statistics by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) “Pet Statistics.” Web Accessed February 26, 2015 that only approximately “25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.” There are plenty of other considerations in this type of decision such as odds for health problems related to purebreds, cost, and steering clear of puppy mills. It made more sense to save a rescue dog from a shelter than purchase a puppy for us. “Only 1 out of 10 dogs born find permanent homes” stated in an article and “3.9 million dogs enter shelters nationwide each year.” Are you planning on breeding your pet? Do you hope to enter the world of dog shows? Why do you want a purebred versus a pound pet? Weigh your options as well as your heart to find what suits you best.

Our Pooch 1 year old

We set our search perimeters for the mixed breed, Boxadors. As its name suggest, it is a breed comprised of Labrador Retriever and the Boxer. In my head, this meant our new dog would possess the best of both breeds. Easy trainability, good with children, alert, loyal, and patient. All admirable traits! Are you ready for the next phase of our search? Where do we look? Don’t rush through these steps! Take your time and put some thought into this HUGE COMMITMENT. Upcoming A Gram Blog posts will continue looking for the perfect pooch for your family. Come on Inside A Gram Blog for hot off the press personal copies emailed directly to you before published for public viewing simply by subscribing on the forms below…

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