Part 1: Are You Ready to Own a Dog?

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So you want to get a dog. You probably have an image in your head about your ideal canine companion, running alongside you in the park and waiting for you when you return home every day. Maybe you’ve just seen an adorable puppy that you want to bring into your house and play with and […]

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Part 2: Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed

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Now that you know you are ready to own a dog, it’s time to start educating yourself about dogs and make some important decisions. The first of these will be whether you want a purebred or mixed breed dog. Purebred dogs Purebred dogs are cultivated through selective breeding — by mating two dogs of the […]

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Part 3 – Finding the Right Breed

Before you go out and buy or adopt a dog, find out more about dog breeds and choose one or more that are suited to your needs. The Kennel Club lists approximately 210 breeds, each with its own standard, club and rescue organisations. First-time owners often make the mistake of choosing a breed based on […]

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Part 4: Puppy, Adult or Senior?

Now that you have decided on a breed (or several) suited to your needs, you need to decide: how old will he be? Don’t assume that a puppy is the only good option; adult dogs offer numerous benefits as well, and don’t forget about senior dogs — they too can be ideally suited to certain […]

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Part 5: Where to get your dog

There are several places where you can get a dog. The option that is best for you will depend on your budget, your preference for mixed-breed or purebred dogs and other personal considerations such as the desire to have a show dog or to adopt a homeless one. Each option has some pros and cons, […]

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Part 6: Questions to Ask Before Buying a Dog

Making the decision to get a dog, finding the breed that is right for you and deciding where to get your dog from has prepared you for the next, exciting step: finally choosing a dog! By now you not only know what you are looking for in a pet, you are also ready to answer […]

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