Despite how tempting it is to bring home the first puppy you lay eyes on, it’s important to think about how your future pet is going to fit into your life, not just what it looks like. Here are a few things you need to consider when you’re choosing the right dog breed for you.
Do you live in an apartment or a house? Is there a backyard for your pooch to run around in or will you need to take them to the park to pee? Are you at home often or do you work full time? These are all very important questions to ask yourself before settling on a dog breed. Certain dogs are better suited to certain living situations so do your research and find out which dogs fit in with your life.
If you already exercise a lot the dog world is your oyster, but if you have a bit of a lazy bone going on, you’re probably want to opt for a pooch that’s the same. Bassett Hounds, Chow Chows and King Charles Cavaliers are all known for being on the lazier end of the spectrum. As with any pooch, they’ll still need to be walked to be healthy, but not as much as Labradors, Dalmatians and Border Collies. If you don’t want to be walking your pup morning, noon and night, choose wisely!
When it comes to choosing the right puppy for you, size definitely matters. The bigger the dog, the more space they need, the stronger they’ll pull on the lead and the more exercise they’ll need (in most cases). Size also exacerbates the little annoying things they might do, like jumping, barking and play biting, or even how much hair they’ll drop.
Are you looking for a chilled out companion or one with boundless energy to keep the kids occupied for hours? While you can’t guarantee exactly what your pup will be like, different breeds have different temperaments, generally speaking. Do your research and pick accordingly.
If you or anyone in your household is prone to allergies, a hypoallergenic pooch (like oodle-mixes, shih-tzus or silky terriers) is your best choice. The same goes for anyone who’s not prepared to vacuum their house every other day. Most dogs will need to be brushed, all need to be groomed, and some will need to be clipped, so consider whether you’re up for the extra costs that you’ll likely incur.
Sadly, some pooches are more prone to health issues than others, however, there are still no guarantees in life. Research your preferred breed thoroughly and make sure you’re prepared to manage any health issues that may occur—remember this is a ’til death do you part arrangement, there is no backing out when the going gets tough!
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