The decision to get a dog can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s a huge decision that will change your life for many years, so it’s important to take the time to really think about the breed, size, energy level, and personality that would be the best fit for your family. Of course our team always recommends considering adoption whenever possible, but we still recommend putting lots of thought into the breed - or combination of breeds - that would fit into your home and lifestyle.
Some important questions to consider when looking into dog breeds are below, but remember: each dog has its own unique personality. Also, keep in mind that dogs require a huge amount of time and attention; the best, most well-behaved dogs are those whose families give them lots of attention, training, and exercise.
Should I purchase from a breeder or adopt from a rescue/shelter?
Breeders usually sell purebred dogs who are known to be more predictable, at least in terms of temperament and appearance, whereas you can’t always be certain what breed(s) a rescue dog might be. While there is some breed uncertainty with rescue dogs, they tend to be less susceptible to genetic conditions because of crossbreeding.
Do I want a puppy or an adult dog?
While puppies are adorable, they require a lot of energy. They need to be taken out to potty very regularly and need to be trained to be respectful members of the family. For many families, adopting an adult dog might be an easier option. Adult dogs also tend to have a harder time being adopted than cute, tiny puppies do. When thinking about the age of pup you’d like to adopt, there are several important things to consider:
Which breed is right for me?
There are lots of stereotypes about dog breeds, but some are grounded in semi-truths. Visit these websites for lots of detailed breed-specific information:
When considering breeds, thing about the following:
We could go on, and on, and on discussing dog breeds because let’s face it, dogs rule our world! But the first and most important question you should ask is: do I really have time to devote to a dog? Then, you should consider your home and lifestyle; are you really able to give a new dog the physical space and training it needs to be a respectful family member?
If the answer to both of these questions is yes, talk to your friends who have dogs and do lots of research before taking the leap. When it comes to adding a new fur baby to your family, no amount of preparation and research is too much. Ask questions, read, and do your due diligence. We promise, you won’t regret it!
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