ask yourself the following questions in order to determine
whether or not you are ready to get a dog of the sporting
Will the size, high-energy and personality of a sporting
dog fit your lifestyle?
Are you willing to cope with muddy footprints, holes
dug in exuberant excitement, sharing your favorite
couch, letting a large dog in and out (and in and
out, and in and out)?
How large is your family? Do you have children? A
dog will require as much attention, affection, guidance,
patience, and humor as a child.
you have the necessary time and enthusiasm for hours
of feeding, brushing, exercising, training that a
large dog requires? Will your energy and dedication
last as long as your adopted pet lives? Are you willing
to give a dog constant and reliable care for 10, 12
or possibly 14 years?
you aware that your adopted pet will become feeble
and require greater care as he grows older?
you willing to give up a weekend trip or a vacation
if your adopted pet should get sick?
Are you able to afford quality food, veterinary care,
training, licenses, etc.?
you be willing to pay for expensive veterinary treatment
or surgery to save your pets life?
you have acquired a sporting dog, you have added a
whole new set of responsibilities to your life. You
are no longer a carefree soul. You cant run
off for the weekend, leaving your dog to the care
of the neighbors. He is a dog that requires a lot
of personal attention and supervision.
HE WILL NOT THRIVE ON A BOWL OF FOOD AND A BED
IN THE GARAGE!