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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Top Ten Dog Breeds For 2008

Top Ten Dog Breeds For 2008
1) Labrador Retrievers (in the Sporting Dog Group)

Here is a Lab doing what a Lab was made to do!

2) Yorkshire Terriers (in the Toy Dog Group)

3) German Shepherds (in the Herding Dog Group)

I had a long haired white German Shepherd once who weighed 110 lbs. Beautiful and sweet dog!

4) Golden Retrievers (in the Sporting Dog Group)

5) Beagles (in the Hound Dog Group)

6) Boxers (in the Working Dog Group)

7) Dachshunds (in the Hound Dog Group)

8) English Bulldogs (in the Non-Sporting Dog Group)

9) Poodles (in the Non-Sporting Dog Group)

10) Shih Tzus (in the Toy Dog Group)

I can see why these dogs are popular just by these photos. So beautiful! But, please, read up on the dog breed you think you want, to make sure you know what you will be getting. Each dog breed was bred with particular things in mind. If you are a very energetic, athletic person you probably wouldn't want a Shih Tzu since 'Tzus are made to be companion dogs. They are made to be lazy lap dogs. If you have a boisterous, young family you would want a Lab or Golden Retriever because they are big boned and aren't going to normally be hurt by rough housing with toddlers or school age children. How many times have I seen toddlers pull up on a big ole Lab and use them like a walker. Or pull on their tails. Labs are friendly and loving dogs that get along well with children. Knowing that Beagles are built to hunt and to bay loudly to let the hunter know they're on the chase may let you know whether a Beagle is good for you. It might be a little loud to have in a close neighborhood and it needs exercise. Long walks are very good for them. It's these kind of things that you need to be aware of and see if that breed will work in your lifestyle. Just do a Google search for the dog breed you are interested in and read up.

Also, don't make a spontaneous decision about getting a dog just because you see a cute puppy. Think long and hard and make sure that you are ready for the commitment. A dog is a living, breathing, feeling entity that totally relies on you for it's care. They need personal attention every day, they need good food, fresh water, potty breaks, regular vetting and grooming. If you can't give a dog the attention, protection and provision that it needs, DON'T GET A DOG! At least not for now. A dog is not a porcelain figurine that you place on a shelf and take it out and look at it every once in awhile.

Lastly, if you do have a dog and it's not working out. Please don't be cruel. Be responsible. Do some searching and find a rescue for the dog. Especially if you have a purebred dog, look for a breed specific rescue in your area. Do a Google search. Keep in mind that a lot of dog rescuers haves seen the worst in people so try not to get your feelings hurt if they treat you a little brusquely for giving up your dog. They don't know you from Adam and don't know that you are making a heartwrenching decision and trying to do what is best for your dog. As far as they are concerned you just don't want a perfectly wonderful dog and are expecting them to take over your problem and solve it for you. If you find a good rescue and make the decision...it would really help if you made a donation to them. But, please, do what is best and right for your dog even if you have to swallow a little. If you are really trying to do the right thing, then you know it in your heart and will feel so much better about it than if you left the dog on the side of the road or took it to a kill shelter or gave it away to a stranger that hasn't been checked out and could be using your dog for baiting in training fight dogs.

Dog's are wonderful! I hope I never have to live without a dog again. There is nothing more special and the love they give is amazing. They teach us so much and can be wonderful in teaching your children responsibility, unconditional love, and about the things of life like how to take care of a baby, how babies are made, how babies are born, how important commitment is, etc. But they do require some work and expense. So be prepared. And adopt a dog! There are so many that need homes.

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