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    How to Choose a Puppy From the Litter

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    For any prospective dog owner, it’s important to study a puppy litter closely to get to know the individual personalities of puppies; taking the time to do this can be a great experience for the future owner and can help you make the right decision.

     

     

    How to Choose a Puppy



    A special bond



    There’s always one puppy that catches the eye first of all – but it’s important not to jump into a hasty decision. Get to know the individual character of each puppy; first impressions may count for a lot, but it’s essential to play with all of the puppies before arriving at a firm decision.

    However, within minutes it should quickly become clear which puppy will be coming home with you. The special bond that occurs during this process can be difficult to explain – but a moment will occur when you realise which dog is the perfect match for your family environment. This can often be the case when the whole family joins in the selection process – differences are swept aside as each member quickly settles on the perfect puppy.

     

    Rely on your instinct



    As with any decision in life, it’s essential to weigh up all the options and find out all the necessary information before arriving at an informed decision. However, this decision is an exception. Provided the puppy’s medical history is clean, it really will be subtle movements and reactions that will narrow down which puppy will be selected from the litter.

    A number of guides advise that you should rattle a key and hold up a cloth to watch the puppy's reactions and investigate his playful nature. You can try these actions, but it’s important to remember that the most playful dog may not be the dog with which you form the strongest emotional bond.

    For instance, a sleepy puppy may be as endearing as the liveliest of the litter; the runt of the litter more expressive than the dominant pup. Bear this in mind as you make your decision.

    So, all in all, it’s best to let the heart overrule the head to an extent when buying a puppy as a strong emotional bond is essential – provided you can ensure that you have the right personality to match a puppy’s expectations.

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