From predictability of size and energy levels, to the type of coat that they have and even their temperament, choosing a particular breed or a mixed breed puppy will have an impact on how you prepare for your new dog.
Choosing a pure breed puppy
Purchasing a breed dog means making sure that, once the puppy has become an adult, it will show the physical and behavioural features to be expected as a result of the selection conducted by his breeder as a breed professional.
For many amateurs, the physical appearance of a breed is often what makes them choose a particular breed. However, beyond the physical aspect, every breed has behavioural features which should be known before making your choice.
There are more than 300 recognised breeds to choose from, and the best way to gather information is to make enquiries with breed clubs and breeders.
Benefits of choosing a pedigree puppy
Choosing a mixed breed puppy
Choosing a mixed breed dog can also have its benefits. Often a mixed breed dog will come from a rescue centre or an accidental litter, and they can be extremely rewarding and loving members of the family.
Things to consider when getting a mixed breed puppy
So often, the choice of which breed of dog to get is driven by aesthetics, but the breed you choose will have a big impact on the nature of your and the kind of lifestyle they will need.
To make sure you find the right match, take the time to think about the kind of life you will be able to offer your dog, and speak to breeders and shelter staff to get as much information as possible about the individual pet you are considering.