When choosing a dog the breed is very important as the dog should fit in with your lifestyle not be chosen on looks or social status that a breed may represent. There are a lot of considerations that need to happen before making such a big decision dogs can live up to 15+ years; it is huge commitment to make. Here are some things you need to consider:
5. Protection from pain, ill health or suffering – regular vaccinations, health checks, identification and microchip, possibly neutering if you are not going to breed.
6. Exercise needs – high energy breed such as Border Collies and Huskies need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. If they are not challenged mentally and physically you can soon have problems from hyperactivity including excessive barking and chewing furniture.
7. Grooming – most dogs need little to no grooming however some breeds, such as Lhasa Apso, need to be grooming regularly to avoid matting or other problems.
8. Size – Some large to giant breeds may not be suitable for smaller housing, does the size pose a problem when you need someone to look after them while you are on holiday or when you travel in the car?
9. Health issues – many breeds have specific genetic problems such as hip dysplasia in Labradors and Newfoundland which need to be considered and researched when choosing a dog.
10. Commitment – Are you committed to taking care of a dog? Too many dogs are abandoned or given to recue centres for the most awful reason, these include: ‘it wanted to play too much with other people’, ‘I’m a vegetarian but he always wanted to eat meat’, ‘he was too friendly’. Having a dog can be expensive, especially with grooming, a good balanced diet, vet checks, food and possible day care.
Good luck with your search!