How to choose the Right Dog
Choosing the right dog to fit your lifestyle and temperament is important. If you live a sedentary life, you don't want a dog that requires a lot of outdoor exercise. If you have an active social life with many friends and visitors, you don't want a highly territorial dog who will threaten your social consorts. You need to answer some important questions like:
How much time are you willing to give a dog in terms of exercise, grooming, and companionship.
What kind of dog would best fit into your living situation? Do you live in an apartment? a large country home? an Architectural Digest estate?
Do you have children who are willing to take on the responsibilities of caring for a dog?
Do you have other pets that might be a problem?
Dogs need companionship, grooming, bathing, nail clipping, flea dipping, exercise, feeding, and training. The responsibility of owning a dog goes on for a long time. Large breeds typically have the best temperaments and live about 10-12 years; smaller breeds are more likely to be high strung and live longer sometimes 18-20 years. Many people say that mixed breeds have the best temperament and health.
For Indian conditions, it is most advisable to go in for a mongrel and get everything you are looking for all in dog. The intelligence of a Poodle and the loyalty of a Collie. The bark of a Shepherd and the heart of a Saint Bernard, the spots of a Dalmatian, size of a Schnauzer and the speed of a Greyhound. A genuine All Indian has it all. And the shelter has lots of All Indian Mongrels waiting for you. There are genuine, All Indian cats too.