|Barked: Sun Nov 26, '06 4:35am PST |
|I would suggest adopting a little bit older pup - say 8 months to a year. That way you would be more likely to know the temperment and activity level of the dog. A lot of shelters also let you bring your dog to meet the new dog you are thinking about adopting. So, go out on a weekend or when you have a couple of hours and really let the dogs interact to see how they are going to get along. This also takes care of the problem of introducing them on neutral territory. If you aren't sure after this introduction go back for a second or third visit - the older dogs are rarely adopted immediately.
I've always had mixed shelter dogs and can usually tell the dog's main breed. That should help you when looking at inherited health problems and what characteristics to expect.
While it is true that shelter pups and dogs are returned, from my experience, it is because the owners didn't put enough thought and research into what type of dog to get and then didn't do any training with the dog after getting it. Many dogs are returned for barking, chewing, not housebroken, jumping, etc - these are very normal dog behaviors and if trained most of these behaviors can be redirected or resolved.
You sound like you really want to adopt a shelter dog so I would say go for it - no matter what everyone else thinks. The most important thing is that you would be saving a doggie's life and that you would love it.
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