When adopting a dog, it is best to ensure that you and the dog is a perfect match. No amount of preparation though can limit your dog to the characteristics, temperament, and behavior that are ideal for you. Nevertheless, several small preparations can help minimize the odds that you are adopting a wrong dog for you or your family. Adopt the perfect dog using the following criteria:

The dog breed.
The dog’s breed is critical in choosing a dog that will fit the credentials you are looking for. Sure, the breed’s temperament and characteristics are just approximations of how the dog would turn out when it’s full grown and that individual dogs have individual personalities. Still, the dog’s breed can still give you an idea of what to expect.

The dog’s function.
Not all people who adopt a dog do so only to make them as a pet. There are owners who seek to put their dogs to use according to the dog’s activity or training. Some are made into therapy dogs, others as guide dogs. If you are considering a dog for specific purposes, you are advised to pick ones that have undergone special training or, in general, have the traits suitable for the function.

The dog’s source.
There are plenty of places you can go to when looking for a dog ready for adoption. There are the rescue groups, the animal shelters, and local humane societies for dogs. These have individual preferences about the dogs they take in, which should give you an idea of what to expect in the dogs they shelter.

Animal shelter is the way to go when wanting to save a dog’s life. Animal shelters don’t necessarily keep track of the dog’s history so you can expect surprises as the dog grows old with you. Also, they often accept mixed breed dogs or mutts who possess unexpected characteristics. If you are not a big fan of surprises, you can look into the selection of dogs rescue groups have.

Rescue groups are, in general, the best sources for dogs that are good for adoption. These keep tabs of their dogs’ history and the dogs’ previous owners. So if you are interested in knowing the conditions from where the dog you are planning to adopt came from, a rescue group is the best place for you to begin your search. On top of these, rescue groups are very specific about the breeds they accept. They also shelter their dogs in actual homes, not in kennels.

Your home.
Where the dog is going to is also crucial factor when adopting a dog. Some dog breeds are not suitable for families with children, others are not comfortable in confined places.

If you have kids in the family, the size and activities of the dog you are planning to adopt should be considered. Small dogs are likely to be abused when kids are around because more often than not, kids treat their dogs like they would their toys. Very huge dogs, on the other hand, are a big no-no for small kids. Children could be hurt around powerful, muscular, and oversized dogs.

Also check into the policies of the neighborhood you are living in. If you are living in an apartment, check with your apartment owner for their pet regulations. You don’t want to adopt the perfect dog only to give it back to the shelter because of your living area’s no-pet clause policy.

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