Before Buying a Dog
There are several reasons to get a dog. Whichever is yours, you should only get a dog before weighing the pros and cons. Only then, you could be sure that you and your animal are happy. As we will see later, the dog is an animal closely related to the society that constitutes a pack. The man becomes the substitution of that pack. The dog must see its master as the head of the pack, which sees, decides and punishes everything. This master is loved and fair. You are responsible for its new partner. You should educate it, spend time with it, take it for a walk, look after it and feed it. Sometimes you may have to fight against people in your environment who do not like. The master looks after the dog when this one is sick and s/he must know that when this animal gets older, it will not be useful as he wishes but this does not mean s/he ceases to be its master. You will have a true partner for about 10 or 15 years, but if you really want a dog, you should perfectly know that you should not disappoint it.
The people that do not have a preconceived idea wonder if they have to choose a pedigree dog or a mixed-race dog. Each dog has its temperament, just as each man does. A mixed-race dog can be the same as a pedigree one: loyal, affectionate, courageous, coward or disobedient. If you get a pedigree dog, you can be sure that its disposition and character will be that of its breed. Also in this way you will certainly know how it will be when it grows up. For example if you want to crossbreed your dog with a female dog of a pure breed, you will be certain how the puppies will look like. The selection of a female dog that is not of a pure breed can imply certain risk. I have seen charming puppies that when they grow up they do not turn out to be as charming as you thought. One can not foresee which character these kind ofwill have. A mixed-race dog can be an excellent partner and a good friend although its appearance does not correspond to any known breed. If you decide to take the risks involving the selection of a dog of this kind, do not forget that its duties and responsibilities will be the same if you get a pedigree dog.
Naturally, we all have preferences. Before choosing a determined pedigree dog, find out if the animal adapts to your living conditions and if you can satisfy the demands of the dog. If you get a greyhound, for example, you should provide it with enough space to exercise; the poodle and many terriers need care and regular hair-grooming. It would be absurd to have a Neapolitan mastiff with children or an Irish wolfhound in an apartment. There are quiet breeds and other that bark a lot; there are breeds with hunting instincts and others that would not chase a rabbit. Some are friendly with everyone and others do not trust strangers, some can be enclosed and to others it would be a torture to live in an apartment.
This book will help you decide. For each one of the 170 breeds presented, you will find elementary data (such as Size and weight of the dog, colors in which you may find them, character peculiarities and how they could be used), interesting events of the breed history and some practical advice, such as the way how to proceed when cleaning the hair. If you like a specific breed why don't you assist to some canine exhibitions where you can complete theoretical knowledge with the impression that the actual animal in flesh and bone may have on you?