Are you a dog lover? Choosing a right dog breed directly relates to the choosing a pet whose needs you can meet. These 5 tips will help you to select the best dog breed for you.
Make a check-list
Choosing the right breed should not be out of an impulsive decision. These three points could be made as a check-list before you make your decision:
- Have I chosen a pet that will fit into my home and lifestyle?
- Do I have the financial resources to take care of a pet?
- Do I have the time to walk, groom, train and pay attention to a pet?
What size dog should you bring home? If you live in a studio apartment you probably shouldn’t bring home a Great Dane. But don’t let size fool you — it doesn’t equate to the amount of exercise that dog needs. Small dogs tend to be more hyper and need to be worn out. Big dogs also require exercise but tend to be a little lazier. They also need a lot of attention. Apartment dwellers should also ask themselves if they’re willing to walk up and down flights of stairs six times a day to exercise their dog early in the morning and late at night. While some owners have taken to training pups to go on pee pads versus trips outside, this gives dogs the impression that it’s good to go potty inside the home.
Likewise, if you live in rural area, ask yourself where the dog will spend most of its time. For example, a petite Pomeranian might be the groomer’s worst nightmare with dirt, bugs and stickers constantly tangled in its long, silky hair.
Training your dog is benefit to you, the neighbors and the greater dog community. Even if you send your dog to obedience training, you will still need to dedicate time to working with him on a regular basis. Some dogs also need socialization training if they are shy or skittish. If your dog is going to spend time in the yard, make sure there’s a proper fence so that she doesn’t pay your neighbors an uninvited visit. Keep your pup on a leash when required to do so.
Dogs and veterinary expenses
You should foresee the veterinary expenses that you might have to face while owning a dog. These costs range from veterinary visits for routine vaccines and teeth cleanings to unexpected illnesses and accidents. All the little things add up, too: Microchipping, grooming, leashes, dog bowls, food, flea medication, doggie doors and a dog bed to snooze on. You might need to hire a dog walker if you work long hours or need to make accommodations for your dog when you travel. If cost is an issue, a great alternative to buying a purebred is adopting a dog from a rescue shelter.
Some research is good
Picking the right breed is easy if you do enough research. Again, take your lifestyle into consideration when picking a pet. If you have children, what animal will best suit your family’s needs? A little nosing around for example and you’ll learn that golden retrievers are gentle and ideal pets for people with children.
While getting a dog is a big commitment, it’s also the beginning of a long and fulfilling relationship. If there is a specific breed you’re considering, a good breeder will honestly answer questions about the dog’s needs.