So you have decided that you want to get a dog, and maybe even want to get more than one. You think dogs are adorable. You like the idea of going to the park on your off-days, walking your new pet, watching it chase Frisbees, and just playing around.
However, before you start shopping around for dog breeds, whether from a pet shop or from reputable dog breeders, there are a few things you seriously want to consider.
First on the list is the fact that dogs are living things. Yes, of course, we know that you know that already, but you’ll be surprised to find how many former dog owners fail to understand the complete import of that.
Dogs are living things. Sure, they look good in your new car which you bought at 10% interest. But would you still feel the same way when your dog starts chewing on the upholstery? What about the dog barking in the middle of the night, not only waking you up but waking up everyone in the whole apartment building as well (if your building even allows dogs)?
Dogs are living things. They have certain needs that only you, as their owner and master, can provide. Having a dog is not like buying new furniture or a new outfit. You can’t simply discard it or put it in the back of the closet when you don’t want it anymore. Owning a dog, regardless of what breeds of dogs, is a commitment and you have to be ready for it.
Here are some questions that may help you determine whether you are ready to own a dog:
• Do You Like Dogs? By this, we don’t just mean that you adore them but when things start to get tough (like when your dog throws up in the rug), you run screaming from the room. You have to like like them. If you don’t, then consider another animal for a pet.
• Is there anyone in your household who is allergic to dogs?
• Does Your Building Allow Dogs? Some buildings don’t allow tenants to keep any large pets. However, if you have decided to get one of those small dog breeds, you might be able to negotiate something with the super.
• Are You Financially Secure? This is important because keeping up a dog’s health means going to the vet for regular check-ups and shots.
• Are You Ready To Pick Up After Your Dog’s Mess? Because things like dog poop, dog pee, and the occasional vomit are facts of life of a dog owner.
If you still want a dog, then get ready for one of the most fulfilling experiences in your life.
The first step in choosing a dog breed that is right for you is to look through a list of dog breeds and get as much info as you can get for each breed. Remember that dog breeds have different personalities, temperaments, and characteristics. As much as possible, you want to choose dog breeds that best fit your personality.
Therefore, if you are one of those active people who like to exercise a lot or play sports, then you want a dog that is likewise active. On the other hand, if you don’t have much time to play sports and would really much prefer to stay at home, then you’ll benefit from dog breeds that do not require much exercise.
In addition to personality, choosing dog breeds also depends on the type of environment in which you live. Are you a city slicker or an urbanite? If that is the case, then you might want to consider getting a pug or bulldog because these are dog breeds that are used to living in the city. Or perhaps you live in a suburban neighborhood. In that case, you want to get a Basset Hound, Old English Sheepdog, or a Brittany Spaniel, which are dog breeds that are perfectly fine in a suburban setting.
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