Puppies 101

Everything you need to know about your new best friend.

You’ve finally made the decision: It’s time to get a dog. But now what? We went to the experts for answers to four important questions every puppy-owner-to-be should know.

1. What kind of dog should I get?

Selecting the right breed is critical, not only for your dog’s well-being, but yours, too. Millions of dogs end up in animal shelters each year, many the victims of their former owners’ unrealistic expectations — and poor breed choices. Think about it: Some dogs can live longer than 15 years — longer than many marriages, so it pays to pick well.

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