Choosing a Breed
Cost- After the initial cost of purchasing your puppy/dog, the monetary investment into your pet’s overall health and well-being should be considered. Food, training, boarding, veterinarian costs, pet supplies, yard maintenance, and the possible home repairs or improvements are some of the expenses incurred when having a pet. Research estimate the cost range from $1,050 to $4,480 for first year you own your pet.
Activity Level- Choosing a breed of dog that complements your family’s activity level is important. A high energy level dog in a quiet, laid back household can cause quite of bit of damage or stress. Conversely, a low energy level dog in an active household, always on the go, may cause your pet separation anxiety or negative habits or behavior. The best match is one that you and your pet have similar levels of activity.
Age- Adopting a puppy has its advantages, but the time a puppy needs may be more than your lifestyle allows. If you don’t have the time required for a puppy then you should consider getting a young adult dog, full grown dog, or a senior dog. An honest assessment of what you can fit into your schedule cannot be overstated.
Size- How big is my dog going to get? That could range from the size of your pet that can fit into the palm of your hand to the size of a pony. Most breeds need plenty of exercise to avoid destructive behavior, anti-social behavior, or obesity. Consider your current living situation: the size of your home, size of your yard, your family size, small children in your household, and your neighborhood.
Temperament- This is important to consider, most puppies/dogs do not work out because the puppy/dog does not fit into your family lifestyle. No one wants a Cujo, but everyone wants their pet to be like Lassie. Sadly, over 40% puppies/dogs are returned back to the breeder, rescue, shelter, abandoned, or given away because the temperament just isn’t a good fit for yourself or your family.
If you are not sure, consider letting someone help you find the best breed for you. It will elevate stress and ultimately the sadness of having to get rid of your pet you’ve grown attached to.