Some Basic Dog Facts Every Dog Lover Should Know
Very few people can honestly say that they don’t like cute little puppies and dogs, both young and old. Before you get your new canine friend, there are some things that you should know, just general facts that can boost your knowledge and make you a better pet owner.
All dogs, no matter how cute and cuddly, were at one time predators in the wild. Dogs still have some of this in their nature, no matter how much you pet them and love them, they could at one time turn on you or someone you love. Not to say that dogs are bad, but this is something that every dog owner should know ahead of time.
Each individual dog breed has its own unique personality traits and features, so it would be beneficial if you can do some homework first before getting a perfect dog for yourself. If you are someone who doesn’t have a lot of patience and doesn’t like a lot of noise, then perhaps it's not a good idea for you to get a small dog that seems to have boundless energy and yips often.
If you want a loving, loyal dog, then you might want to think about going with a Golden Retriever or Collie, but again, it is your decision ultimately. The important thing is that you keep in mind your own personality traits when choosing a dog, so you can choose a breed that can get along well with you.
If you have children in your house, you need to be extra careful. No matter what you have heard about dogs, some of them just can’t deny their violent predatory nature. When choosing a dog that will be around with your children, you want to make certain you pick one that will tolerate the tail pulling, hugs, and rough housing that children often subject their pets to.
If you are looking for a dog that you can dress up, fixing its hair and putting it in frilly clothes, then perhaps you want to look for a dog that has a lot of hair, and is small enough for you to lug around. You should also choose a dog, such as a Poodle, that won’t mind this treatment.
Some people get dogs for protection, and if that is what you are looking for, then you want make sure you get a dog that won’t be welcoming to unwelcome guests. Some dog breeds are just naturally loving and friendly to everyone they meet, and while they fit well into the family, they just aren’t very good at protecting. After all, you don’t want your guard dog welcoming a burglar who is trying to get into your home.
Due to their predatory nature, some dog breeds should only be owned and trained by certified trainers. These dogs, if placed into untrained hands, could potentially be dangerous or even even hurt people if not handled properly. Typical dog breeds that fit into this pattern are the Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, notorious for mauling children, especially.
When you decide to add a dog into your family, you shouldn’t just choose the one that you think is the prettiest or cutest. You need to remember that all dogs have the potential to be aggressive, do some homeworks and choose the type that will fit you and your family best. Once you have chosen the dog you want, it's your responsibility to take good care of your dog.