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There is no one answer to this and in any case it very much depends on where you are standing. If you want a dog for a specific purpose then it may be that you need to choose a dog that has been specifically bred for the task. Hence a shepherd may well choose a rough collie that has a genetic inheritance that makes him a champion herder - try standing still when one is around and you'll know what I mean. On the other hand it may be that what you want is a dog that just wants to be loved - in which case you could try a mixed breed. Less fixated on his purpose he will be able to focus more on you... Let us look a little closer at some of the finer points:
With all that said it is now time to look at the pure bred dog.
So now you know.... or do you? May be you still feel no further on in deciding which would suit you best.
Note: You should ask these questions not only of yourself but of everybody who is likely to be affected by the addition of a dog to your home. 1) Why do I want a dog at all? 2) What do I expect to get from this dog? 3) What ought it to expect from me?
4) How much space do I have for this dog? 5) How much time do I have? 6) How much money can I realistically afford to spend? 7) Who else needs to be considered - are there young children in the house or somebody with poor mobility for instance. All these things will make a difference to your choice so try to be as truthful as you can. They will build up a picture of the dog you really want and not the dog you think you want. There is a distinction here that is important. It will mean the difference between a happy and successful relationship and a less than satisfactory one where rather than enjoying the dog you have chosen it will begin to feel like a chore. Now forearmed you may begin the happy task of finding that dog.
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