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Dogs do not have to be purebred to provide
loving companionship. "Mixed breed dogs" can make
excellent family pets as well as companions.

Figure 3-2

and offspring; friends and neighbors may give these animals away for free.
The sire of these litters may be unknown, but some of the traits of the dam
can be observed to get an idea of what the animal will be like when grown.

how much Space Do i have for a pet?
A small one-room apartment doesn't allow much space for active animals.
Living in rural areas, on the other hand, may provide large acreage for an
animal to roam. You should be familiar with the activity requirements of
an animal before acquiring it.

what kind of animal Does my Lifestyle allow?
Animals require different amounts of space, time, and care. Dogs need daily
exercise and grooming; this varies considerably among the different breeds.
Long-haired dogs require more grooming, whereas active dogs, such as
the greyhound, require more exercise. It is important that you be familiar
with the breed you plan to obtain and are sure the pets will fit into your
lifestyle. Cat breeds are fairly uniform in their needs for exercise, attention,
and other daily care. Like dogs, long-haired breeds will require extra time
for grooming. Compared to dogs, however, cats require less effort for daily
maintenance and training.
If a person's lifestyle doesn't allow for a dog or cat, then a hamster or
gerbil may make a more desirable pet. When hamsters, gerbils, and other
similar small animals are provided with enough food and water, they can be
left alone for several days and will fit well into small apartments.



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