Selection and Purchase
Dogscapade’s dog breed selector information can help you to determine the best type of dog for you and your family. Choosing the right dog breed is essential when getting a dog or puppy.
Purchasing an appropriate dog can bring joy and happiness to you and your family for many years. However, as a prospective dog owner, you have three preliminary considerations before addressing the question of which dog is best for you — time, available accommodations, and your experience with dogs. New owners cannot consider finance as a primary consideration; it must be relegated to a secondary consideration. Do you have time for a dog, do you have space for a dog, and do you have what it takes to be a good dog owner? Upon answering these questions and discovering things about yourself and lifestyle, you can proceed with the basic selection questions: what kind of dog, what breed of dog, male or female, puppy or adult, purebred or mongrel, and whatever goals you have for your dog.
For practical purposes, there are about 100-150 potential breeds from which to choose. If you plan to limit your selection to what your pet shop has the day you visit it, the number can be divided by ten. No responsible owner can decide on a breed in this manner.
Admittedly, certain pet shops stock more than 10 or 15 dogs, but no shop could possibly house and accommodate 100 different breeds, much less hope to fairly represent those breeds. There are fewer kinds of dogs than there are breeds of dog. You can decide whether you like the look of a sheepdog, a mastiff, a greyhound, a terrier, etc., and then find out what breeds fall into those categories.
The American Kennel Club (AKC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), The Kennel Club (KC) of Great Britain, and others, the major registering bodies of the said countries, divide dog breeds into specific “groups” for the sake of exhibition and general organization. These groups are discussed separately in this website and the breeds in each follow the discussion. You will find out that if you like the look of a sheepdog, you need not purchase a Collie, since you may find the Bearded Collie, Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, or Australian Shepherd more to your liking. There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing less familiar breeds. Possibly a rare breed will cost more than a more common breed, since there are fewer kennels and they can set their prices with little competition. However, with popular breeds, the demand for puppies can skyrocket the breeder’s prices, especially if he knows his dogs are quality animals. But, remember, a financial advantage or disadvantage is neither a plus nor a minus. Since dog ownership is such an important facet of a person’ life, price should be a secondary consideration. Granted, a person’s finances may be a real consideration and this will preclude that person’s ability to travel to Europe to visit the leading Neapolitan Mastiff kennel or to Japan to visit the leading Shiba Inu kennel.
Availability is also a concern. Rare breeds will require more patience and timing than will a top-50 breed. Fortunately, rare breeds are becoming increasingly in vogue and their availability continually improves. As you research your way through the groups and breeds in this website, you will learn about a number of breeds that you might not have otherwise heard of. Every breed in this website is available to the reader. Some of course, will take more contacts, money and a little luck. Read more…