How to Get the Right Dog For Christmas

Dogs should NOT be an impulse purchase. If you want to give a dog as a Christmas "gift", you should think about it in advance. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Commitment: Are you committed for the lifetime of the dog?
  2. Lifestyle: What kind of dog will best fit you and your family's lifestyle – are you home a lot, or on the go? How much space do you have? This will determine what size dog you’ll want to get.
  3. Age... do you want a puppy? young dog? senior? All have different advantages. You’ll have a puppy longer, senior dogs will already be trained, etc.
  4. Personality/energy level... do you want a really affectionate dog, or a more independent dog? Do you want a high drive, medium energy, or calm mellow dog?
  5. If you have an issue with barking - don't get the following breeds: • Chihuahuas • Pomeranians • Yorkies • Beagles • Huskies • German Shepards

Toy breeds have a reputation for being "little yappers" but all dogs bark. And with proper training, any dog can be taught when to be quiet, and when it is acceptable to bark. Most small dogs like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Yorkies get a bad reputation because people sometimes treat them like accessories and don't think they need to be trained like bigger dogs. Other dogs like beagles, huskies and German shepherds are also known for being talkative.
If you're issue is shedding, the following breeds shed the most:

Chow, Boston Terrier, German Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog.
Dogs known to be hypoallergenic dogs with little shedding are:

Bichon Frese, Schnauzer, Yorkie, Poodle, Shih Tzu, Chinese Crested.
If you have an issue with drooling/slobbering, the following breeds tend to drool:

Dogue de Bordeaux, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog.
Dogs that don’t have a drooling problem are:

Most dogs, especially smaller mouth dogs. Rescues may charge anywhere from $150-$500 donation, and that usually includes the dogs shot, vet checkup and spay/neuter. Purebred dogs from a good breeder can range from $1000-$3000 depending on the line, and if the dog is show quality.
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