Thinking about acquiring a dog for the family? Selecting a dog breed that suits your family’s lifestyle is very important. Will you have the necessary time to bathe your dog? If my dog becomes ill will I be able to care for him? There are so many more questions to ask yourself before obtaining your new companion. Size, temperament, exercise requirements, grooming, and health issues are among the most important things to remember when choosing a dog breed.
When you see a puppy for the first time it is impossible not to take it home. This is one big mistake many people make when selecting a dog for the family. Although puppies are small, depending on their breed they can grow to be very large. Families with a smaller home might want to stick to small or toy breeds that do not need or occupy much space. Those with a large home and big backyard can select just about any type of breed when it comes to size.
Most dogs are well tempered if trained correctly; however, you do need to take the time to train the dog. Teaching a dog good behavior can be time consuming, especially with dogs that are stubborn. Certain breeds are easier to train than others, and there are some breeds that hardly need any training at all when it comes to behaving.
Some dogs are happy with a once-a-week trip to the dog park, while others need daily exercise routines to keep them content. Dog walking is sufficient for most breeds but other more energetic breeds require rigorous exercise. Exercise requirements have nothing to do with size, as there are small breeds that need a lot of exercise and large breeds that do well with minimal exercise.
Dog grooming is a very important factor to keep in mind when selecting your new pet. A dog bath can be quick and easy to do if your pet is small, but for larger dogs this routine can be stressful and time consuming. Breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier and Lhasa Apso need to be brushed 2-3 times daily. Failure to keep up with needed brushing and bathing can cause the dog to develop a skin infection or mats. Shedding is another factor to consider; if you do not have the necessary time for bathing or brushing it is best to choose a dog breed that does not shed and is clean by nature. Maintaining a clean dog is essential for keeping him healthy.
Some breeds are more susceptible to certain diseases and health conditions. Dogs with a high possibility of developing genetically predisposed conditions can prove to be costly. Besides being an extra expense, having a sickly dog can cause emotional distress on the family. No one enjoys seeing their beloved pet ill.
Improper selection of a dog breed is the most common reason why dogs are placed in shelters. People that rush into getting a dog do not research the breed and have no clue what to expect. Remember, once your family has obtained a dog it is your responsibility to care for him.
When considering adopting a dog, think of it as a new addition to your family. You wouldn’t take having a baby or adopting a child lightly, would you? Of course not, and the same should go for choosing a pet. Any living thing that comes into your care deserves the best of your love, attention, and intentions, so please consider well before making the decision to get a dog or puppy, and what breed best fits your family. As with any relationship, there will be challenging times and effort will be required, but the rewards can be beyond anything you or your family can imagine! The right dog can enrich your life by providing companionship, love, entertainment, and an excuse to play. So please choose wisely, and enjoy!