Dogs, as many other pets, needs taking into consideration whether you can really meet their needs or not. The following steps will help you decide which dog breed is better for you:
- Ask yourself, will this pet fit in your house or adapts your lifestyle? Can you afford the costs of caring for this pet? Can you provide enough time for going for a walk with the pet, training or grooming it? This dog will be a part of your life, so make sure that you will be able to fulfill its needs before you actually adopt one.
- You can’t adopt a huge dog if you are living in a studio apartment, but it doesn’t matter at all since small dogs are more hyper while big dogs are more lazier, but both need attention. If you are living in an apartment then you might have to walk up and down the stairs five times a day exercising your dog in the morning or late at night.
- You will need to educated or socialize with your dog even if you send the dog to obedience training. If you are living in a house with a yard then make sure to have a fence around your yard, so the dog won’t go for neighbors properties without permission.
- There is a fact that the lifetime cost of pet over life is worth $20,000, which includes routine vaccines and teeth cleaning during veterinary visits. There are other several things including grooming, dog bowls, leaches, food, toys, flea medication and so many other matters that requires paying for. If you are working for many long hours or traveling a lot then you might need to hire a dog walker.
- If you do enough research then getting the right dog will be so easy. It all depends on your own living lifestyle. Here’s a helpful checklist to help you on this journey.
Types of dog breeds:
- The toy group includes playful Chihuahua, Charles spaniel, pug and poodle. These little dogs are so tough, hyper and playful.
- The herding group, which is collies and sheepdogs, are better for families and farms that provide better companions. It includes miniature schnauzer and the Jack Russell. Some of them are large and some are small, but both types are energetic and have strong personality.
- The working group that includes Rottweiler, Doberman pinscher, boxers and Great Danes are the best watchdogs. These dogs learn so fast and they are so intelligent in addition to working as perfect companions, but they are not suitable for families with children.
- The hound dogs that includes beagles and dachshunds are sometimes considered the best of them all. They have endless energy in addition to the ability of improving hunting traits. They are considered to be great pets for families.
- The sporting dogs that include Labradors, cocker spaniels and weimaraners enjoy being outdoor and running most of the time.
- The non-sporting group, which is the opposite of the previous group, includes French bulldog, Dalmatian, bulldog, poodle and Chinese Shar-Pei. These dogs are so friendly and are in different sizes with different personalities and costs too.
If you are facing a problem because of the cost of having a dog, you can adopt a dog from a rescue shelter instead of buying a purebred. Since having a dog is considered a large commitment, then you should be aware that it is just the beginning of a very long relationship. Having a good breeder will definitely answer you about all the questions regarding the needs of a dog.