Dog Breed Health
Taking on a New Dog
Taking on a new dog is a huge comitment and should alway be done with careful consideration.
For a new dog owner particularly there are many questions and concerns to address before making a final decision.
| What Breed should I choose?
How much excersise will he/she need?
How big will he/she get?
How much food will he/she eat?
Will he/she be prone to any diseases?
Rescue Centre or Breeder?
The list goes on.........
The link attached takes you to a site which aims to advise dog and puppy buyers who are choosing which breed (or crossbreed) to have as a pet. It will outline the needs of each type of dog so that you can choose one which will suit your lifestyle. The site will give you the main genetic health problems of each breed, and inform you of the health screening and testing available for these diseases. It will also point out the welfare problems associated with a breed’s physical characteristics.
It will be up to you to make sure that a breeder has carried out the appropriate health tests and that the parents of your puppy have been screened and found to be free of disease and suitable for breeding.
Another fact to be aware of is the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which states that pet owners are now legally obliged to care for their pet properly - which most owners already do - by providing these five basic needs:
- somewhere suitable to live
- a proper diet, including fresh water
- the ability to express normal behaviour
- for any need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals
- protection from, and treatment of, illness and injury.
(Basic care would include (but is not limited to) Vaccinations, flea and worm prevention).
Purchasing a dog or puppy should never be done casually and without thorough research.