What to Consider When Getting a New Dog

Is a new dog right for me? Am I right for this dog?

Getting a new dog is one of the greatest joys in the world. Before you get a dog, you will want to make sure examine your lifestyle, talk with your family and assess your living space. You should consider the cost of keeping a dog, you will need to have supplies such as dog bowls, a bed, a crate, leash, collar, pet food and toys prior to your new dog coming home.

Before getting your new dog, consider different breeds and their compatibility to your lifestyle and environment. Large dogs are generally not for apartment dwellers or the elderly. Small dogs may not for people who want to be active with their dogs.

Temperament, the dog’s age and potential health issues are other things to consider. Do you want a puppy or an older dog? Certain breeds can be prone to specific health problems like eye issues or hip dysplasia.

Choosing the right dog requires assessing your lifestyle, personality, and needs, and finding a breed that matches them. You should consider factors like the dog’s size, energy level, health, and activities. You should also ask yourself why you want a dog and whether you can responsibly care for one.

Things to think about before getting a dog

Here are some steps to help you choose the right dog:

  • Assess your lifestyle: Consider your daily routine, living situation, and activity level. If you live in an apartment, a small dog may be more suitable than a large one. If you have a busy schedule, a low-energy dog may be better than a high-energy one.
  • Research breeds: Learn about different breeds’ characteristics, temperament, and health issues. Consider factors like grooming needs, exercise requirements, and trainability.
  • Consider adoption: Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization can be a rewarding experience. Many dogs in shelters are already trained and socialized.
  • Meet the dog: Spend time with the dog before adopting or buying it. Observe its behavior and temperament to ensure it is compatible with your lifestyle.
  • Be prepared: Make sure you have everything you need to care for your new pet, including food, water bowls, toys, and bedding.

What type of dog should I get if I have allergies?

To choose a dog when you have allergies, it is important to consider breeds that are less likely to trigger allergic reactions. Some breeds that are considered hypoallergenic include:

  • Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Maltese
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer
  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Xoloitzcuintli
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Labradoodle

It’s important to note that no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic, and some people with allergies may still react to these breeds. If you’re considering getting a dog and have allergies, it’s recommended to spend time with the breed you’re interested in before making a decision.

If you decide to get a purebred puppy, there are resources to help you find a reputable breeder. Your local kennel club has access to area breeders that specialize in certain breeds. If you are looking for an older dog, this can also be a good resource as many breeders may have adult dogs available. Your local veterinarian can be a great resource as well.

You may be interested in considering a mixed breed dog. These dogs can be wonderful family companions, as much so as purebred dogs.

Consider adoption!

Due to the large population of dogs, many people are interested in adopting a dog. You can find more information at your local humane society or rescue organization where they will be happy to assist with an adoption.

The most important thing to do when choosing a dog is to take your time and get to know many different breeds of dog. Make sure to consider all aspects of dog care and you can ensure a happy time for you and your new dog.

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