Once you have made the decision to get a puppy and found a reputable breeder, some might think the hard part of choosing your new furry family member is over. In reality, however, you have yet to make the most important decision when it comes to getting a new dog. When the exciting day arrives and you are ready to pick out your new best friend, there are several important tests you should plan on performing on all the dogs to make sure that the temperament of your new puppy fits with what you are looking for. Depending on what type of pet owner you intend to be and what kind of dog you are getting, you will have to decide if you want to pick out the leader of the pack, the runt of the litter, or a dog who falls somewhere in the middle. Here are some of the tests you can use to try to determine your new pet's personality.

  • Interaction with Other Dogs – One of the easiest behaviors to notice when you first enter the room to view a litter of puppies is how they interact with each other. You will likely notice that several of the pups are playing amongst themselves, while others

There are all kinds of factors to consider when you ponder what breed of dog to get. From temperament to size to type of fur, each person will have something different that they consider the most important trait for their future furry friend. If you travel often, either for work or for pleasure, you will likely want to pick a dog who can come along with you on your adventures.

Some breeds, you will find, are much better-suited for traveling, especially by air, than others. Dogs with shorter snouts, for instance, such as English Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boxers, have been banned from flying by many airlines recently because they have been deemed to have a higher risk of dying from breathing problems when they get worked up by the stress of flying. Some large breeds like Great Danes and Saint Bernards also aren’t allowed to fly because the carriers they travel in are too big for baggage handlers to deal with. Even the most common dog breeds in America, including Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shepherds aren’t ideal for people who fly often because they have to be stowed