It may not be a good idea to get a new puppy on a whim just because you happen to see one that you thought was too cute and irresistible to pass up. Why? Because without having properly researched what type of dog that new puppy will grow up to be, you will be taking a risk of whether the dog will be the ideal companion for you or not.
When you first look at any puppy, regardless of what type it is, it is so easy to overlook the fact in a few months they will start to become the size and type of whatever breed that they came from. In other words, although the puppy is small and seems easy to handle now, you need to make sure of the future size the dog will become and also if it will have characteristics suitable to your home and family.
If you pick a puppy and bring it home, you do not want to be unhappy with the results. If this cute little puppy grows up to be a an extremely large and over-dominating in your small house or apartment then you would have wished to research your choices better. And it will not be the puppy's fault that you did not carefully give some thought to the fully grown adult dog that the pup would grow.
It all boils down to getting the puppy that will best grow up into the right dog for you. In choosing a dog, you must be able to visualize what you would like the dog to grow into physically and also behaviorally. For example, if you are a person who will be very content with small, slow-moving dog like a Bassett, then you will be pretty frustrated when your pup grows up to be a super high energy dog like a terrier.
Think of your new puppy as a sort of life-mate. This dog will be with you and your family until the very end. And it would obviously make sense to make your choice wisely. In order to do this then you have sit down and seriously reflect on your lifestyle and personality and see if there is a dog that will fit in perfectly with you.
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