Being creatures of habit, we humans tend to stick with what we know. Go to any park on a sunny day and will see Jack Russells, Labradors, Alsatians, Yorkshire Terriers and so on. These are all common breeds that have justifiably won a firm place in any dog lover’s heart.
Unfortunately some of the more unusual breeds seem almost forgotten. Hungarian Pulis, Briards, Wheaten Terriers, Teckels or even the Saluki and the original 1970’s hippy dog, the Afghan Hound; they are all charming breeds that are hardly seen any more.
If you are thinking about getting a new dog, why not do a bit of research and what is available. Most breeders will have web presence and most breeds have their own club where enthusiasts can meet and share their experience, clubs will also be happy to advise if you want to give a rescue dog a new home. Check out the clubs website for lists of breeders. The Kennel Club also offers an excellent service called the Assured Breeders Scheme.
If you are buying a pedigree dog, do your homework. Find a breed that suits your lifestyle in terms of size, exercise and grooming requirements and not forgetting temperament. Check up on any health problems that can be associated with that particular breed. Hip and elbow dysplasia are defects that occur in a number of breeds as do some skin ailments such as eczema, ask your vet about managing any health issues and whether any problems are significant or can easily be controlled.
There are some wonderful breeds out there that are just a little bit different, it is definitely worth spending a little bit of time finding the right companion for you.
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