It seems that lifestyle and convenience work against a few breeds, in particular the Fox Terrier, Jack Russell and the fluffier Pomeranian. These breeds are dumped and destroyed in record numbers. They are very cute puppies and people buy them on impulse from pet shops, without understanding their temperament, needs, and the long term responsibility of pet ownership.
Dogs are beautiful animals who give us unconditional love, but they rely upon us for their wellbeing and indeed their survival for as much as 12 years or more.
So it makes sense, doesn’t it, to consider what breed would fit best with you, your budget, your lifestyle and the home you can offer them – before you go ahead and bring a new puppy into your life.
Here are some things to think about in advance.
How much time do you have to give your dog daily exercise?
Like humans, all dogs need a leve of exercise. An overweight dog will not be as healthy as he can be, and as a result this can affect his longevity and his happiness. Think about how much exercise you can give your pet, but dont be unrealistic – remember you are going to need to keep it up for 12 or more years!
- How much time do you have to devote to grooming your dog?
- How much can you afford to pay for dog food each week / month?
Big dogs eat more! A new dog is also a financial decision which needs to be planned for. Remember to include dog food in your budget.
- Have you considered the cost of vet expenses?
There’s no Medicare for dogs, and vet expenses can cost a fortune. No-one would want to have to put their pet down because they couldn’t afford treatment. That’s why many people choose pet insurance to assist with the vet fees. But of course it’s important to make sure you can afford the pet insurance in the first place! The breed of dog also affects the premium you pay. Get a quote now, to see how affordable it can be for you.
- Will your pet be around young children or elderly people?
The’re all different. Some dogs are child friendly, and others prefer the quiet life! Very activy dogs can be too boisterous for the elderly. (Of course getting an older dog – perhaps from the pount – can also solve this problem)Some dogs love to have a run with their owners, others prefer to stroll – what would be best for your family?
- Does anyone in your family or someone who visits you frequently suffer from allergies?
Some breeds are less liketo to cause allergies than others. It’s all about their hair!
Some breeds love to snooze indoors for most of the day (as long as they have a couple of walks), whilst others go mad for the outdoors and love physical exercise.
- How much time will your dog be alone each day?
Dogs are essentially pack animals and love company.. If you are going to be leaving your pooch alone for long periods of time, consider whether getting a second dog would be a good idea – so they can keep each other company
- Are there other pets that your new dog will need to get on with – for example cats, rabbits, birds, etc.
To keep the household on an even keel, you need to think both about how your existing pets will embrace an imposter, and how the new dog will fit into the new environment.
In some breeds, the desire to defend property is higher than others consider this if you are looking for a guard dog.
Remember the puppy will grow up! You need to bear in mind what size it will grow up to when you choose your puppy.
- What sort of coat would you prefer your dog to have? What sort of shedding would you be able to tolerate?
What would you like to feel when you run your hand along your dog’s back? Smooth, woolly, long, short? Are you house proud? Would a “shedder” drive you nuts? Consider this before you choose your pet.
- How active would you like your dog to be?
Do you like them active, or would a lazy pal suit you better?