Do Beagles Shed: Will Your New Pup Spread His Fur Around Your Home?
The question “Will your new puppy shed?”
is one of the most common questions asked by pet owners. If you are thinking about getting a dog, it’s probably not too late to learn more about this very important issue! There are many factors involved in deciding whether or not to get a pup. You need to consider everything before making up your mind. Some things to think about include:
Are you willing to deal with the fact that your new pooch will have some hair all over him/her?
(And no, it won’t be good)
Is your home big enough for a dog? Can he/she fit into your living space without being uncomfortable? Are there places where you don’t want them to run around and chew on furniture?
How much time does it take to train a dog? How long will it take to master a dog if you have to spend hours every day training him/her?
What kind of person would I be if I got a dog? Would my friends and family like me any better if they knew what I was doing with their pets? What about strangers who might look at me funny when they see me walking around with a dog that looks like it just came out of the shower?
Does your child want a dog? Will she be old enough to take care of it or will the responsibility fall on you?
Is your home ready for a dog? Would they mess anything up that is not out of place already? Will the dog have a special place to sleep? Will it be able to run in and out of doors whenever it wants?
Do you have time to walk, train, and bathe a dog when needed?
Do you like dogs?
(This should be pretty much assumed, but you never know)
These are all very important issues to consider before bringing a pet into the home. (A very small portion of these questions can also apply to cats as well) While dogs and cats are both members of the animal kingdom and thus deserve to be treated kindly by humans, they are still different from one another. Each has its own particular quirks and qualities that can make them a joy to have as a pet or a headache.
Of the two, dogs are definitely the most popular type of pet in the United States. According to the American Kennel Club, nearly 50% of U.S. households own a dog.
(Cats rank in second place at 34%) The reasons for this are fairly obvious… Dogs are loyal creatures that form strong attachments to their owners. They are very affectionate towards people and enjoy human company. Dogs are very playful animals and enjoy the company of children. They can be trained to assist the blind and the hard of hearing. Many dogs are employed by police and other law enforcement agencies in tasks such as search and rescue or tracking criminals.
That said, owning a dog is not without its drawbacks. For one thing, they shed a lot of hair and this hair ends up EVERYWHERE if proper measures are not taken. There is hair on your clothes, hair on your furniture, hair on your bed, hair under your kitchen table…
it’s everywhere. And it doesn’t just magically appear either; it seems to materialize right before your eyes. If this seems horribly inconvenient to you, then you might want to consider a cat instead.
Dogs are also very expensive, especially the really good ones. If you want a dog that is top of the line, then you will have to fork over some serious money. On the up side, certain breeds are cheap and are actually better for people who are on a tight budget or who are busy a lot and wouldn’t be able to give the dog the attention that it needs. If you can’t afford dog food, you can sometimes get a little cash by selling some of the dog’s hair.
(No, not to a wig store… To a company that uses dog hair to make products such as rugs and coats)
If you have the time and money to spend on one, a dog is a great pet for any family.
Picking out a puppy or getting an adult?
When choosing between a puppy and an adult dog, it really just boils down to your personal tastes. Some people like puppies because they are cute. Other people (myself included) like adults because adult dogs usually have fewer “quirks” than a puppy. Puppies tend to potty everywhere until they get housebroken. They also tend to chew on just about anything, and some breeds are more inclined to do this than others. (Some are also more destructive when left alone)
However, with an adult dog, you won’t have to wait as long for it to grow up. If you want a dog to guard your home now rather than later, then you should get an adult. If you are afraid of having the house torn up by a bunch of clomping paws and shredded toys, then you should get an adult as most adults tend to not engage in such behavior.
Remember, with either choice, you will still have some training to do when you first bring the dog home. How much training will vary depending on the dog’s age.
When choosing a breed of dog, you must decide what you want to use the dog for and how much time you are willing to devote to it. The following is a list of some of the most popular dog breeds with an indication of the types of people who should consider each breed and what the primary uses for each breed are.
Poodles are one of the most popular breeds owned by families with children. This is due in large part to the fact that they are VERY adaptable to almost any situation and they thrive on human companionship. While all poodles are of the “toy” variety, there are three different sizes of toy poodle: mini, which is under 10 pounds; standard, which is 10-15 pounds; and the giant poodle, which is over 15 pounds.
Poodles come in three different colors: black, white and brown (also called “lemon”) and occasionally a mix of the three. The most common type is the white poodle. Poodles require heavy grooming due to their dense coats; however they rarely shed.
Poodles are excellent for families with children, singles and elderly people. They tend to be very intelligent and eager to please their owners, which makes them very responsive to obedience training. They are lively and playful yet gentle and calm when appropriate. While they can sometimes be timid or wary around strangers, they are usually not aggressive towards other people or animals.
They can live in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise.
As with most dogs, poodles require a good amount of daily exercise or they will become bored and quite destructive. Because they have a high prey drive, they should always be kept on a leash or in a fenced in area. Poodles can have a wide range of different sounds that they make. Some are quite loud while others are quieter.
Poodles do shed and drool but not as much as some other breeds. They are “easy keepers” in that they don’t eat a lot.
Poodles can be prone to a number of health problems such as bloating, joint dysplasia, eye problems, bleeding disorders, allergies and ear infections.
Miniature poodles are not a good choice for first time dog owners due to their high maintenance requirements. Standard poodles tend to be a little bit easier to care for but will still require 2-3 dedicated hours per day. Giant poodles are the easiest to care for and will rarely engage in destructive behavior.
2. Border Collie
The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs and they tend to thrive when given a lot of attention and various challenging tasks. They are sometimes called “the dog with a human brain” because they can learn very difficult tasks at lightning speed and retain that knowledge for a long time.
While these dogs require a lot of attention, exercise and mental stimulation, they are not necessarily high maintenance when it comes to grooming. Most Border Collies will keep themselves fairly clean due to their ability to learn “fetch” and other similar commands.
The Border Collie is more energetic than the poodle and will need at least an hour of exercise per day. Most people choose to take their Border Collie hiking with them or participate in some other outdoor activity. This dog does not tolerate heat and should never be left in a car unattended.
This is not a dog for someone who wants a relaxed companion to cuddle up next to on the couch all day. The Border Collie thrives on having a job to do and if it doesn’t have one, it will make one for itself! It has an incessant need to “work”. Many Border Collie owners participate in herding competitions with their dogs.
Because they were bred to herd sheep, they can have some instinct to nip at the heels of strangers. They are very protective of their families and will not back down from a fight if it believes its territory is being threatened.
The Border Collie is a relatively clean dog. It does not tend to bark a lot but it will often “talk” or “babble” at its owners. It sheds a moderate amount and is fairly easy to train.
1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in America for good reason. They are loving, gentle, and very friendly toward people (especially children). They are very patient animals and want nothing more than to please their masters. Labs are relatively easy to train and excel in nearly any activity you would like them to do.
Labs love to play fetch or swim and will take cover you from your worries for hours if you let them. They also love to chew so make sure you keep a lot of toys around! Their short fur is very easy to maintain and they shed very little.
Labs require a good amount of exercise but don’t necessarily have to go on long hikes or runs. A good half hour walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the dog park is usually enough to wear them out.
These dogs are not very protective of their owners but will defend them if someone threatens them. They have a tendency to become very attached to children in the family and will be right there to protect them if they are hurt.
Labs require a moderate amount of grooming and shed a moderate amount. They are very intelligent, easy to train and great with children. The Lab is the perfect all-around dog!
These are just a few of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.
Who is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments!
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