Pick the Best Dog for You

Selecting a dog is a big decision. You are acquiring a best friend while becoming a dog’s permanent family member. It’s a life changing choice. Needless to say, you should consider many factors before welcoming a pup into your home.

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes — and personalities. How do you pick the best dog for you? Ask yourself these questions to find the ideal companion.

What is your lifestyle?

Adopting a dog is a lifestyle choice. It’s important to find a dog that complements your unique situation.

Do you have a yard? If you live in a tiny apartment in the city, a large, highly energetic dog may not suit that setting.

Is exercise something that’s important to you? If you’d rather sit on the couch, a small, relaxed dog may be a good fit.

Do you have time for a dog? A pup will depend on you. Dogs need love, affection, training, exercise and companionship. If you are constantly traveling for work, then a dog might not be the right type of pet.

What breed is the best match?

Dogs are bred for specific reasons and tasks — from dogs that are ideal for protection to pups that are perfect for family life. There are approximately 167 to choose from, not including mixed varieties. Take a dog breed selector test to get started.

Consider the dog’s size, exercise demands, grooming requirements and demeanor. Some dogs shed dust balls while others have non-shedding coats. Some dogs want lots of exercise while others don’t require as much. Research the needs and personalities of various breeds from purebred to mixed. You can also visit with dogs from shelters and meet with an adoption counselor for guidance.

Are you ready for the commitment?

A dog will probably be a part of your family for 10 to 15 years. That means for a long period of time you will have to pay for food, dog accessories, pet sitters, vet visits and potential medical expenses. Make sure you are financially stable enough for that commitment. You’ll have many walks and wet kisses in your future.


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