Thinking about your own personality will help you to choose a puppy that will
grow into an adult that suits you. Throughout this book, examples are given of
successful owner/puppy combinations. To get further information on breed characteristics,
look in breed books or ask people who already own a dog of the breed of your choice.
In addition to considering what type of puppy personality you need, you should
also consider your dog's likely lifestyle as an adult. Are you, for example, a
sociable family which needs a dog that will be good with visitors, or do you live
in an area where you prefer your dog to be suspicious of strangers?
Do you like to go on long, energetic walks or runs, or are you one of a family
of couch-potatoes? Will your dog be taken everywhere with you, or is it likely
to be left at home for long periods?
Taking your own temperament and lifestyle into account when choosing the type
of puppy you require will make it much more likely that you will end up with an
adult dog that you will enjoy and that will be right for you.