Choosing the Right Dog
Selecting a new pet can be fun and exciting, but it pays to do your homework first. Depending on your situation—family life, work schedule, housing arrangements, and temperaments—some breeds may be a better fit than others for you. Keep these tips in mind as you get ready for a new member of the family.
Investigate the breed.
Take the time to read up on the characteristics and personality traits of various breeds of dogs. You can find lots of information on the Internet and at your local library. If you like the personality of a friend's dog, be sure to ask about the type of breed.
Be careful of the source.
Pet shops should be avoided if possible, as the dogs sold there often come from puppy mills. These types of operations can produce dogs with health and personality problems which will not show up for several weeks or months. If you are interested in a purebred dog, find a direct-sale breeder. Be very selective and try to get to know the breeder. It is best to look at the breeder's set-up before committing to a purchase.
Consider your lifestyle.
If you love to exercise, you will need a fit and active companion. If you are more sedentary, a smaller lapdog might be perfect for you. Some dogs do well when left alone all day and others need more constant companionship. While most dogs do great with kids, many breeds are better suited to an adult-only household.
Examine your goals.
Do you want a friend for your kids? Are you looking for a jogging companion? Alternatively, do you want a dog for added security for your family and your home? The breed you choose should be a good match for your specific goals.
At Savannah West Apartments in Kansas City, Missouri, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these tips on choosing the right dog for you.