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There's no better way to add a new member to your family than by adopting a puppy. Properly trained and socialised, puppies grow into loving, faithful, and loyal protectors and companions.

Size Does Matter

Looking at all the ads listing adorable puppies for adoption in Eastern Cape may make you want to adopt the first cute, fluffy face you see, but you should resist the temptation. Adding a new puppy into a household is not something that should be done on a whim. When deciding which puppy would best fit into your lifestyle, take a few issues into consideration. Puppies grow up into adult dogs and you must decide which size of dog you can handle when it matures. Giant breeds, like the English Mastiff or the Boerboel, start life as adorable puppies not weighing more than a kilogramme or two, but when fully matured, these dogs can grow to weigh 68 kg or more.

Breed Matters, Too

Different breeds generally have different temperaments and personalities, although each dog is different. A dog of any size can be protective and overbearing, not to mention quiet or excessively loud. Before adopting any puppy, take the time to research the breed's standards. Not only will this help you choose the breed that is right for you, but it will also help you to understand how to best care for your new addition.

Do Not Forget the Supplies

Not only can you easily find puppies for adoption in Eastern Cape, you can also find all of the puppy supplies you will need to keep your new dog healthy and happy. A good way to save money is to look for secondhand puppy kennels and crates, dishes, leads, and collars. Much of what you will find is only gently used and in excellent condition and the savings can be substantial.

Adopting a puppy is a decision that will affect you, your family, and the dog for many years to come. Larger breeds have a lifespan of between eight and 12 years while smaller dogs, like the Chihuahua and the Shih Tzu, can easily live more than 15 years. Choose carefully, provide a loving home with plenty of training and socialisation, and you will have a friend for life.

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