Learn how to choose and find the right dog for your family, how to buy a dog from a breeder or adopt a dog from the animal shelter or rescue group, how to use temperament tests to evaluate puppies and adult dogs.

Dog Books Written By Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Choosing and finding a good dog – which dog breed is right for you?

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2019

Balance scalePros and Cons of Owning a Dog
Should you get a dog? I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets. [read more]

Purebreed dogsThe Truth About Purebred Dogs
Don't get a purebred dog until you read the positives AND negatives in this article.

Crossbreed designer dog The Truth About Crossbred Dogs
Goldendoodles, labradoodles, cockapoos, schnoodles, puggles.....a crossbred dog has a parent of one breed, and the other parent of a different breed. Read the pros and cons of crossbreed dogs.

Purebreed dogs The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs
On a website called yourpurebredpuppy.com, you might be surprised to see an article about mixed breed dogs. But "mutts" are often the best choices for people who want a stable, healthy family pet. Read this article to find out why.

Puppy, adult dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
Pros and cons of different ages: young puppy, older puppy, adolescent dog, adult dog.... what's the best age for you?

Dog breeder Dog Breeders: How To Find a Good Dog Breeder
You'll be disappointed to learn that most dog breeders are not experts who carefully breed the healthiest, best-tempered dogs to be great family pets. Most dog breeders, in fact, are like Margie Denton...

Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are "AKC Papers" Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?

Puppy traits and characteristics Dog Breed Traits – Which Characteristics Are Right For You?
How to decide on traits such as size, brushing, trimming/clipping, shedding, exercise, attitude toward strangers and other dogs, and so on.

Girl hugging a dog Adopting a Dog From Rescue
Pros and cons of adopting a dog from a rescue group.

Little brown dog saying Pick Me! Adopting a Dog From The Animal Shelter
How to find a good purebred dog, crossbred dog, or mixed breed dog at the animal shelter or humane society.

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs versus Female Dogs
Male dogs and female dogs have different characteristics as pets. Is a male or a female right for you?

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Should you consider buying a puppy from a petshop or pet store?