Have you ever watched a dog show on TV and fell in love with a particular breed of dog? Attraction to a dog’s physical appearance is just one of many reasons to select a particular dog for your family. Recently DogTipper had the opportunity to talk with John O’Hurley, co-host of the National Dog Show and a dog lover himself, about his tips about selecting the right dog for your family:
I think the first thing that you have to do is to find a dog that fits your lifestyle and I think you have to be very, very honest about what you have to offer a dog rather than what the dog has to offer you.
It, you know, nothing distresses me more than to see a Great Dane walking out of a small apartment in New York City, you know it just doesn’t fit and it’s, I think, a certain sense of irresponsibility in that you have to really give the dog what it needs in an environment. I think that’s the first part of responsible dog ownership is to find a dog that meets your ability to maintain that dog.
Photo courtesy National Dog Show