By Shannon Walsh
While getting a dog can be an exciting process, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. A dog’s habits, health issues, behaviors, and size are just a few traits that are important to consider when thinking of getting a dog. All dogs should be loved and brought into a safe home, which is why it is necessary to make sure your home is the right fit for the dog.
There are several factors to consider when choosing a dog breed. Firstly, before getting a dog, it is smart to do your research. You can find out important information about different dog breeds by asking dog breeders or reading books and articles. You may also consider asking dog owners who know first-hand what it’s like living with that certain breed.
There are over 350 different dog breeds in the world, including hybrids. Some breeds are energetic and need to be with active families, while others are more relaxed and perfect for those who are not as active. Additionally, some dogs get along with other dogs and pets, while others do not. Therefore, choosing the right dog breed must be considered before bringing a new dog into your home.
Some dog traits can be determined immediately: age, size, coat (shedding), and demeanor. These factors are easy to judge and can help you determine what breed works best for you.
Cost is another factor to consider when buying or adopting a dog. How much you pay for a dog can depend upon the breed, or even the pet store from which you purchase the dog. You also have to factor in pee-wee pads, toys, dog food, bowls, crates, and the price to refurnish your living room after your teething puppy eats all of the couch cushions!
Getting a dog is like picking out a book; it’s important to not judge it by its cover. However, you should make sure you are in the right physical, financial, mental, and emotional state before bringing a furry friend into your life because all dogs deserve a safe, loving home.
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