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Before You Buy

Before You Buy


Purchasing/Adopting a dog for your family can be a difficult decision, however, not one that you have to do alone. There are a lot of things to think about beforehand no matter how big or small your furry friend may be. A dog needs more than food and love to thrive. You need to take into account the lifestyle you live, exercise requirements, the energy level of the dog, ongoing medical costs & expenses, and dog safety to name a few. RJWF recommends that you do your research and/or speak with your local animal care & control facility, local breeder, Humane Society, or veterinarian to assist in choosing the right breed for your family.

Responsible dog ownership starts with you!

Dog ownership is a long-term financial, physical & emotional commitment so choosing the right breed for your lifestyle is a big deal. Dogs come in various sizes, and all have different personalities and traits that make them unique. Consider the size, trainability, budget, grooming needs, energy level, and temperament prior to picking a pet. RJWF recommends that you research credible entities like AKC, your local Animal Care & Control facilities, and the Humane Society for guidance.

RJ’s Monthly Spotlight

RJ’s Monthly Spotlight

Roddie Jr.’s Spotlight


Bichon Frise

   Size: 9.5 – 11.5 inches 

   Weight: 12-18 pounds

   Lifespan: 14-15 years

Temperament: KID FRIENDLY

  • Playful

  • Curious & Peppy

  • Cheerful Companions


  • Agreeable

  • Quick Learners

  • Can be difficult to housebreak


Good with children? YES

Good with other animals? YES


Kid-Friendly Breeds

Kid-Friendly Breeds

Dog Bite Statistics


From 2015 to 2019, persons ≥ 10-years old made up the majority of victims killed by dogs, 64%. Children ≤ 9-years old made up 36%.

Discussion Notes – 2019 U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities –, July 2020

Dog Bite Statistics
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