When I was young, my father decided that it would be a good idea to get a dog. He discussed it with my grandfather who advised, as was the common practise in those days, that it would be best to get a female (bitch puppy). This was essential along with other things to be taken into account.
My grandfather, who had had several dogs during his lifetime, gave the following advice: there are certain rules when considering the addition of a dog into a family …
- if a home has children then a bitch tends to be more patient and less aggressive with family members
- on no account would it be sensible to get any of the bull terrier varieties of dog (they are bred to lock their jaws onto their quarry and once they have done this then they cannot open their mouths – so their bite would be deep and dangerous) ideal for capturing prey but not a quality needed for a house pet
- cross-breeds are less reliable where temperament are concerned – they may be agreeable on one day and snappy the next although one may make an excellent pet they are more suited to adults as they tend to get over excitable with young children
- it is best to see where the puppy lives and meet the parents to get an idea of their temperament and health
- a medium-sized dog is usually easier to train and often more reliable than either smaller or larger varieties in a family home
So …………………………………………………… my father made some enquires and was advised of a farm on the English/Welsh border where a farm dog and bitch had had a litter of puppies. The parents were healthy, well behaved and sweet tempered and so it didn’t take him long to choose a pretty little bitch puppy to take home.