Adopt a responsible dog as the holidays approach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Many dogs are adopted during the holidays. An event held on Sunday at Under the Sun Dog Training and Daycare called “Meet the Breeds” helped people looking for a puppy find out which breed is best for them and their lifestyle.

Each breed has a specific purpose in why they were bred, including mixed breeds. It is important to be educated about this before adopting.

“You need to know what the characteristics of these breeds are,” said Colton Johnson, owner of Under the Sun Dog Training and Daycare. “Even if you have a mixed breed. If you have a husky mix, you should research both breeds because you’re going to find characteristics in both breeds that you need to know about.”

Some factors to consider are energy level, mental stimulation, and sociability.

“Also exercise and what you have available for this dog,” Jill Chase told the Colorado Springs Kennel Club. “There are aloof dogs who won’t mind being home all day. But there are dogs who need you and want to be with you all day.”

If you don’t do some research beforehand, it could end in the worst case for the dog.

“The worst thing that can happen to a dog is that the dog keeps getting rehomed over and over again,” Johnson said.

As the holidays approach, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region advises against giving dogs as gifts unless the recipient is already prepared and on board.

“Owning a pet is a 10 to 15 year commitment,” said Cody Costra of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. “So if you’re going to be giving a pet as a gift, it’s important that person agrees with that responsibility.”

Having a dog is also a big financial commitment.

According to the ASPCA, owning a dog costs around $500 to $1,000 a year at a minimum. This price includes food, veterinary care, toys, grooming and unforeseen medical expenses. Rover estimates the maximum to be near $3,500.

There are resources to connect people with the breed or temperament of dog that is right for them, before committing to adopting.

The American Kennel Club has a complete list of all dog breeds on their website with description. They also have a quiz that asks a series of questions to help guide the selection process.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has a list of adoptable dogs located at both their Colorado Springs and Pueblo facilities on their website.

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