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Choosing a puppy to add to your household should not be a decision that should be taken lightly. A puppy grows into a dog, and that dog will be with you for many years to come. When you have determined the time is right, the first place to look for puppies for adoption in South Africa should be the free classified ads. There, you will find puppies of all different breeds, so you're guaranteed to find the best one for your family.

A Puppy Will Change Your Life

Before taking the puppy plunge, take a moment to think about how your new addition will affect your life. Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. The puppy will need to be house trained, which means you will have to make several trips outdoors during the day and the night in any kind of weather. Of course, your puppy will want to be fed two to three times per day, and in order for your puppy to grow into a happy, well-adjusted adult dog, he will need to be properly socialised. You will also need to be sure you can afford veterinary care for the dog. Things like inoculations, deworming, and neutering can be quite expensive.

Select a Breed

Take a look at the puppies for adoption in the free classified ads and you will see hundreds of cute, fluffy puppies to choose from. An important thing to remember is that even the smallest puppy grows up, and none stays tiny for very long. Giant breed dogs like the Boerboel or the Great Dane start out weighing a few kilogrammes but within a few months, they turn into enormous dogs. Research the breeds you are interested in owning to find out things like full-grown size, temperament, and specific nutritional needs specific to those breeds. Know what you're getting yourself into before owning a puppy.

Don't Forget the Supplies

Once you've picked up your new bundle of joy, don't forget to buy him everything he needs to be happy in his new home. In the local classified ads, you will see heaps of listings for things like secondhand dog leads and collars, crates, and kennels. Your dog will never know the difference between new and used supplies, and the money you save is sure to make you happy.

When you're ready, adding a puppy to your life will bring you joy, happiness, and a new best friend.