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Q: How do you choose a puppy/kitten from its litter mates?

March 3, 2009 | By Cindy R. | 24 answers | Expired: 2008 days ago

Cindy R.

Some choose by looks. I sit down amongst them and let them pick me! Whoever likes me best, goes home. I've picked some really great pets that way.

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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
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Mar 09, 2009

If someone wants to adopt a cat at our shelter, we ask that they sit down in the room and be quiet for a few minutes. Then see which cat/kitten approaches them. This is usually the best way to see which one will bond with you. It would probably work with puppies also.

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LynnWeis
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Mar 08, 2009

I like to get in with them and see who is the most outgoing and friendly. Since I work in obedience with them I find the ones that is very energetic. If someone wants a quieter puppy that is something to consider. If you can, try to visit them more than once. One could be tired one time and lively another time.

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Dylyn H.
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Mar 06, 2009

Sit down and let them come to you, the animal will pick you. Thats what everyone says.

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Sue B.
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Mar 05, 2009

When I adopted my kittens I picked the most aggressive one and the "runt" of the litter. They lived together and were best buddies for 20 years. Sometimes they pick you as well.

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Kavykeeper
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Mar 05, 2009

With guinea pigs, usually the most outgoing does become a very social guinea pig. But, with a lot of attention, holding and positive interaction, even the quiet ones can become a very social and sweet pet. The one dog I owned was the runt of the litter and hid when we came to see them. She ended up being really sweet and friendly.

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Darcy H.
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Mar 05, 2009

When we picked out our Yorkie it was so hard cause there were 3 cuties. It took us over a 1/2 hour to decide. Then my daughter looked at this one and he had picked up the biggest stick you could ever imagine for such a little dog, and when she saw that she was like, thats the one I want. I guess you'll just know which one to pick when that time comes. Good Luck!

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Bella C.
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Mar 05, 2009

I looked to see who was the most playful. And then I picked him (Bentley) up. And he was MINE! I loved him in that momment as much as I do now!

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Lindsay A.
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Mar 05, 2009

I remember when I was just a kid my brother and I got a Miniature Schnauzer. He picked us, he ran right into our arms! RIP Maxwell Beardsley.

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RICHARD V.
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Mar 04, 2009

I don't think you will have any problem when you see the litter. You will know which one to choose once to start touching and playing with them.

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Teresa K.
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Mar 04, 2009

We have a very large bodied lab and when we were picking a puppy out with the intention of someday breeding the two together, we tried to pick the puppy that would be the biggest so we could breed larger dogs. We picked the one that looked the biggest and we ended up with a very petite femanine dog. After breeding the two and watching the puppies grow, we later learned that we should have payed more attention to the size of her paws. The bigger the paws as a puppy the bigger the dog will be. Regardless we ended up with a litter of 9 precious puppies that varied in all sizes as they grew.

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