Cute Puppies are Adorable, But Grow Up
Cute puppies are adorable, but grow up. That is a fact … not a secret. But if not chosen properly, that cute puppy stands a chance of ending up in a shelter when it grows into an adult dog because it wasn’t what you wanted.
All cute puppies grow up and become fully grown dogs of varying sizes and temperaments, and with different needs. There are many things that need to be considered when you are thinking about adding a furry family member to your household. And if you do not do the proper research before bringing that cute little dog home, there is a pretty good chance you may get more than what you bargained for.
To avoid this situation, you need to properly research the breeds that you are considering instead of choosing a puppy based on how cute it is. Choose a cute puppy, but also one that will fit well into both your family and your lifestyle.
Selecting the Correct Breed – Not Just a Cute Puppy
It is easy to look around and select a few dogs that you like, based on the dogs that your friends and acquaintances own. I am sure they were all cute puppies at one time.
However, the thing to keep in mind is that most of these dogs are adults and have already had some type of training. When you buy a puppy, you get an adorable and cute puppy that has nothing telling it what to do but the instincts of its breed or breeds.
Lifestyle Considerations of Cute Puppies
Different breeds have varying needs as far as their activity level is concerned. This means that some breeds, such as the German Shorthaired Pointer, will need vigorous exercise and play on a daily basis — for at least an hour — in order to keep them from being destructive and ruining your personal possessions. You will want to select a breed of dog that will not demand more energy from you than you have to give.
Where you live and what type of dwelling you live in play a key role when choosing the right dog breed as a young and adorable puppy. The reason for this is that if you live in an area or home that is very small or lacks a yard, you may not want a breed that needs a lot of room to roam, or a larger breed that will be in the way in a small space. A cute puppy may be small when you first bring them home, but they can potentially grow into a large dog. Therefore, you need to consider what your space and pocketbook has to offer.
Just as with the size variations, different dogs possess personality traits that are characteristic of their breed. Being informed of what can potentially be expected from their breed will help you to avoid getting a cute puppy that will grow up and that does not fit your family. For instance, some breeds are not the best family dogs and are better suited to a working life as guard dogs. This isn’t to say that they can’t be a productive furry family member, it just means that they may have more tendency towards being protective and may be more aggressive than other breeds.
Cute Puppies and Potty Training
You need to be expecting that there will probably be some accidents on your indoor floors by your cute puppies. Young dogs are not born knowing that they need to alert you they need to potty, so that they can be let out when they need to do their business.
You will want to research the best ways to train your puppy in order to make this stage quick and easy for both you and your pet. In most cases you will be warned against scolding or physically reprimanding the puppy for accidents, and will instead be told to provide a positive reinforcement for a job well done. So you will want to stock up on treats in order to be prepared!
When you are pretty sure about the type of dog that you would like, look at pictures of them as an adult in order to be one hundred percent certain that the breed is the one you want — instead of falling in love with it as a cute puppy.
When you bring home your cute puppy, remember to ask lots of questions from its breeder or previous owner. Keep their contact information so that you can call if you have questions or problems.
Also, be sure that you feed your cute puppies (sometimes its best to bring home two cute puppies — one for company for the other) a high quality food formulated for puppies and its particular breed, like those offered by Royal Canin, for at least one year. Any dog is a lifetime commitment and the decision to get one should not be taken lightly, as giving the dog away is very hard on them. So do your research, select the best breed for you, and settle in for an approximate 10+ years of bliss with your cute puppy, an adorable puppy that will one day grow up.
This is a guest-post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full-time pet lover currently writing on behalf of Royal Canin. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.