If you are thinking of bringing a dog into your family, there is much to consider. Let’s start with the decision to bring a dog into the family; you should consider the financial cost, the sacrifices you will have to make, and if you are prepared for a long-term commitment. Once you are fully aware of what dog ownership entails, the next step is to think about a suitable breed.
There are many breeds in the canine family and it is essential that the breed you choose is compatible for your circumstances. Each breed of dog has its own unique characteristics, and while each individual animal has his own personality, there are traits that are inherent in certain breeds.
A Lifestyle Check
If, for example, you have a family and live in house with a garden, then a larger breed like a Labrador might be appropriate. If you have children, any breed is fine, providing the dog is at the puppy stage, and if you can’t make up your mind about the size of your dog, go for a medium sized breed. Regardless of breed or size, it is not advisable to leave the dog on his own for longer than a few hours.
If you have your heart set on a St. Bernard or German Shepherd, these breeds require a lot of open space and would certainly not be suited to a small townhouse environment, and big dogs are a lot more expensive in terms of nutrition and vet expenses. Long-haired breeds require grooming and in general are high maintenance, yet for the outdoor person who lives in the country, a big dog is ideally suited. It pays to do some online research into any breed of dog you are considering bringing into the family, as this will reveal the full extent of your responsibilities.
Small dogs are more prone to injury and can easily be stepped on. Some small dogs try to make up for their size with an aggressive attitude, which is always a worry if you have kids. If your dog reacts badly to thunderstorms, you’ll be asking yourself, “How do you deal with a phobia in dogs?”, and other issues might arise, such as disobedience, plus, smaller dogs tend to bark more.
Rather than going to a breeder, why not take in a dog that for one reason or another, has been discarded? Rescue dogs can make ideal pets and you are bound to find one that just feels right. If he is the result of a Christmas gift that went wrong, surely he deserves another chance, and he will be forever grateful for a loving home at last. The dogs are vaccinated and chipped, and once you have adopted a rescue dog, you need to register him with your local vet.
Once you know what you expect from your dog and have done your research, you can begin your search for the perfect four-legged companion.