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Choosing a Dog Breed That's Right for You

A Note from Dr. John:

So you've finally decided to take the plunge and get a puppy.  How exciting!  Now which breed will it be?  It's a pretty straightforward decision, right?  Wrong!

Dog breeds are not a one-size-fits-all kind of decision.  There are so many dog breeds to choose from.  While overwhelming, having so many breeds to choose from is a good thing.  More choices means that you can pick the right dog for your particular lifestyle.  Whether you are getting your dog from a high-end breeder or from the local shelter, you want to make sure that you consider the following factors before making your decision.  

What type of housing do you live in?
Whether you live in a big house in the suburbs, a small apartment in the city, or a farmhouse in the country, there is a dog breed for you.  As a general rule, the bigger the area that you have to roam around in, the bigger the dog you can get.

Do you already have other pets?
Some pets are very playful and do much better with a compani…

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