Pedigree Pups

 

This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller

Caring for a Pedigree Pet

Pedigree pets can offer an amazing variety of animals, from enormous Great Danes to tiny Shih Tzus, and sleek Bengal cats to fluffy Persians. With pedigree pets you can go in with a certain expectation as to temperament, size, and level of care your animal requires that you can’t always foresee with other pets.

However, along with your adorable animal comes a certain additional demands. You should never adopt a pet based solely on how cute or exotic-looking it is; a certain level of research should always go into an adoption, and you might find that pedigree animals require more care than others. Read on to learn more about the processes that go into a healthy pet adoption!

Researching Your Pet

If you’ve found a breed of dog or cat that has totally charmed you, do your research! Depending on their breed, you might find that they require a lot of exercise, are slow to warm up to new people, or any number of other traits that might surprise you.

During your research, make sure that your lifestyle fits well with the type of animal you want.  Ask yourself questions like the following to see how prepared you are for a given breed: How much time do I want to spend with my pet? How much activity will I be able to offer them? How will this pet fit in with other members of my family?

At this stage, it’s important to be honest with yourself. If you live in a small apartment, for example, a dog that needs a lot of space won’t be at its happiest confined inside. In fact, many animals will act out due to boredom in situations like this one, and a bored pet can quickly lead to a damaged home. Your cute pet might not be so adorable after they’ve destroyed your favorite pair of shoes. Just like you would with a potential human partner, make sure your relationship with a future pet is based on more than just appearance.

Choosing a Breeder

Once you’ve found a breed that will fit well with your lifestyle and personality, it’s time to find your pet. Cute animals are easy enough to find and purchase, but for the best results for you and your pet, you should investigate the source of your new family member. It’s not unheard of for pet store puppies to come from puppy mills, places that focus solely on producing puppies without caring for their health. With a little investigating, you can avoid these places and find breeders that take good care of their animals and are forward-thinking about their health.  There are online services that can help you find breeders and specific animals, including companies like Uptown Puppies , and other responsible organizations like the American Kennel Club that can offer you tips and advice on picking a good breeder. Many breeders only do this work as a hobby, meaning that animals are not always available year round. Don’t let this
dissuade you–an animal from a good breeder is worth the wait.?

Commit to Care

It’s common for pedigree pets to require a high standard of care, whether that be in the form of special food, medication, or simply extra care taken in how your pet interacts with other animals and people. Make sure you’re ready for this potential commitment when you take an animal into your house. To be a responsible pet owner, you need to be ready to care for your pet for the duration of its life (another aspect of pet ownership to research when you’re looking into adoption!).

Pedigree pets can bring an incredible amount of happiness and companionship to your life. In exchange, all these animals ask is that you make sure you can offer them the lifestyle and care that they need. Don’t let the potential extra care discourage you–it’s just an opportunity to be a better pet owner and bring you and your animal closer together.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”