How do I choose the right pet for me?
Too often people make this choice by going to a pet shop, breeder or shelter, and “falling in love” without enough investigation of the animal’s history and temperament. Prior research is important too.
While each individual is unique, there are genetic traits associated with the various breeds that will influence the temperament and behavioral tendencies of the animal. Have an idea of which breeds might best fit your situation and household, even if you aren’t necessarily going to bring home a purebred. If you do want a purebred, be aware of physical and temperament problems associated with a particular lineage. Common sense is useful too.
A big active dog isn’t the best choice for an apartment dweller, and a person who works away from home might consider adopting a pair of cats rather than just one.