Whether your family is ready for a new dog or even if you have never had one before, it’s important to understand which breed is the right fit. Every year, millions of healthy dogs are euthanized because the people who bought them didn’t research the breed before they bought a puppy and then discovered they couldn’t handle its habits or temperament. Before you add a dog to your family, there are several things you can do in order to ensure it’s a good match.
Many people get a certain dog breed after seeing it on television or in a movie but are unprepared for its habits.
For example, that beagle on your favorite television show might be cute, but will you be prepared for the breed’s howling and excessive digging? Read up on the breed you’re considering before you get a puppy.
Not all breeds are a good choice for children. Some smaller breeds are more prone to anxiety and biting, especially if they are handled roughly.
Make sure your children understand how to touch and pet a dog so accidents are less likely to happen.
Talking with a breeder about the dog breed you are considering is a great way to understand its temperament and habits. Reputable breeders in your area can be found online or through the American Kennel Club.
A breeder can also help you decide if your property is suited for the breed’s exercise needs.
Do you live in an apartment? A house? Is your yard large enough for a dog, and if so, are you or your children ready to clean up after a pet? These are all things you need to consider before you bring home the breed you choose.
If you choose a dog that is known for its ability to escape a yard, such as a husky, you will need to think about putting in fencing as well.
Some dogs are most costly than others. Large breed dogs will cost more to feed. Small dogs with a lot of hair will have to be professionally groomed. Study up on which breeds are low maintenance if your budget is narrow.
Having a dog is a commitment from anywhere to twelve to fifteen years or more, and everything from food to bedding to vet bills can run into the thousands of dollars.
Different dog breeds are susceptible to different problems such as allergies, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.
Before you buy a dog, look into the breed you’re considering and learn about any diseases or conditions to which they might be prone. It will save you a lot of heartache and vet bills in the long run.
Not every family is at the right stage to have a dog, but if you have decided to add one to your household, the best thing you can do is to do your research before you make the choice.
Remember, a dog can be your family’s best friend or your worst nightmare, so take the time to make an informed decision.