|Selecting a Dog|
There are many Internet Sites with useful information on selecting the correct dog for you and your family. This page hopes to provide a starting point in the search for your new pet so that you and the pet can have a lifetime of fulfilling companionship. If you take time and do the proper research, you can find the dog you always wanted. It doesn't have to be a purebred either, although the no-kill shelters and animal control facilities are also full of purebreds. As with people, canine personalities can vary considerably, depending on health and upbringing, so always be sure to find out all you can about a prospective pet before adopting. Also, NEVER leave infants and young children unsupervised with a pet. Either the child or the dog could accidentally end up hurting each other. That being said, the sites listed below will give you an idea of the type of dog you might want and places to find that dog. Or you may want to consider an adoptable dog that is a mix of the type of dogs suggested by the breed selector.
- Humane Society of the United States: Choosing a Pet
- This page provides useful information on selecting the right breed, where to find one, and what you should know about adopting.
- AOL Pets Dog Match
- Compatibility Matching based upon your lifestyle and preferences
- Animal Planet's All About Dogs
- This search tool provides information that will help you choose a dog.
- Click here or use the banner at the top of the page to take a look at one of the over 35,000 animals listed on PetFinder.com. PetFinder offers photos and information on pets available at area shelters or foster home groups in your area, including photos, and information such as whether they have gotten along with cats, dogs, small children, whether they have special health needs, etc.
- Area Shelters and pounds often have many good adoptable animals. If you're looking for a purebred, shelters and animal control facilities often have several different types of purebreds available. Check out this site's listing of shelters. Or search for a particular breed at PetFinder.com
- Breed Rescue
- If you have a certain breed in mind, the following sites give your information on breed rescue groups in your area that have breeds available for adoption:
- Breeder Checklist
- If you have decided to buy a pet from a breeder, go through the Buying a Puppy checklist. Also, you may want to be aware of health problems common to some breeds, so that you can be an informed consumer.