In my business you get to meet all types of people and all types of dogs. Too often I have seen a dog with an owner, whether because of personality or lifestyle, is simply a bad match.
Just like humans, dogs have certain personality traits. I break this into two categories; nurtured personality and innate personality.
Nurtured personality is how we are raised; what cultural factors went into forming our young minds. If a dog is beaten its entire puppy life, you will find a dog mistrusting of humans and depending on its innate traits would be how he handled the mistrust. Innate personality is what inherent traits the puppy/dog is born with due to its breed. For example; any terrier type breed will be high energy while a Newfoundland will be quiet and relaxed. When you combine these two factors you get your own unique dog just as you are unique as a human.
People tend to put more effort sometimes in buying a car or an outfit than they do in picking out a dog. And that is always a disaster waiting to happen. The dog is going to be with you for the rest of their lives. I’ve seen dogs live to 18 years old in rare occasions. I think you both deserve the right family atmosphere.
This is ultimately a personal choice on whether you want a purebred dog or a mix. You can find purebred dogs in rescues and you can find great dogs this way. However, some will come with issues that need to be worked on. So before you proceed prepare yourself for the long haul.
Again, I cannot emphasize enough; research, research, research! Get recommendations from people on the breeder and/or rescue. Ask questions when you speak to them. How often do they breed their dams? What do they breed for; personality, show, etc.? With rescues, do they know the history of the dog? What kind of breeds do they think are in the dog? How is the dog with other dogs? Is the dog leash trained? Prepare your questions and do your homework!
Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer.
Spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier lives.
Spaying before the first heat cycle greatly reduces the chance of breast cancer.
Neutering reduces the incidence of prostate cancer and disorders.
Did you know that there are over 70,000 puppies and kittens born in the US every single day? That’s 7 times the number of human babies born a day.