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Have you been thinking about getting a dog? If so, congratulations. Dogs are ideal pets and companions for all homes and families. However, it’s important you know how to find the perfect canine otherwise you might not enjoy it as much.
You have to consider certain things, such as if you and your family are ready to have one. Also, know that it costs money, so make sure to think about if you can afford it.
If you’re certain that you’re ready in all aspects, congratulations! All that is left for you is to decide on what type of breed is the best for you.
Think about your family’s lifestyle and habits and how a new pet would fit-in. Consider all factors such as shedding, walking them, ideal size, age, etc.
I made a little list of the most important things to consider when you’re searching for the perfect pooch. Here are some tips to help you decide on what kind of breed would be the best for you.
The Best Size
Regardless of whether you want a small or a large breed, the size is something you should think about carefully.
Believe it or not, size has a lot to do with personality, which is why training is crucial. Some small breeds act as if they are big, so you’ll have to keep an eye on that if you want a smaller breed.
On the other hand, large hounds require more space. If you live in a small apartment, know that a large breed could break household items with its tail.
Also, supplies, food, and medical treatments are all more expensive for bigger breeds.
One of the best ways to choose a size is by considering the size of your living space. If you can’t decide, the best is to go for a medium-sized pooch.
Some people think that activity level depends solely on the breed, but the truth is, some are just more energized than others.
All hounds need routine exercise, daily walks, or jogging. This goes for all breeds, so make sure you can provide that.
If you don’t have as much time to walk them, consider some of the low energy canines, such as a Basset Hound. However, if you want one to go running with you, a border collie might be a good option.
Still, you’ll maybe have to adapt to how much energy your new family member has.
If you see it constantly barking, destroying things around the house, or digging holes, it’s probably only doing that because of excess energy.
Many experts say that most behavior problems happen because the canine has way too much energy and minimal activity.
For instance, huskies need a lot of activity in order to maintain healthy and happy. Which is why they’re known to be sled dogs. You’ll want to be prepared mentally and physically if you want to have a breed with a ton of energy and that requires a lot of attention!
Most people like the idea of having a puppy, but often forget how much training and attention puppies require. The first six months of a puppy’s life are crucial, and you’ll have to dedicate yourself to it.
Puppies chew on furniture and pretty much anything else, so you’ll have to be real patient during that time. Most problems go away with proper training, so keep that in mind.
Some puppies also grow to be much different, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a thing to keep in mind.
If you want to know about your dog’s temper, behavior, size, and energy level, getting an adult might be the best idea. Still, if the canine hasn’t been trained, you’ll have to dedicate some time to it. Give it time to adapt to its new life, home, and family.
Senior dogs are compassionate, and adopting one can change your life. You won’t get as many years with one that’s a senior as you would with a puppy, but there’s something special about welcoming a senior into your home.
More so because people don’t often adopt seniors and they end up living in a shelter or streets. This kind of pet is ideal if you’re looking for one with low energy. Still, know that seniors need more attention, as well as more frequent veterinarian check-ups.
Some may even develop health problems that would require attention, money, and time. Senior hounds bring many responsibilities but are great and loving companions.
The combination of two breeds can create a wonderful balance of personality and looks. Still, there are minimal chances of knowing what your mix bred puppy will look like when it grows up.
It’s believed that these type of pets have fewer health issues than purebreds. Not only will you save them from being euthanized or put in a shelter, but you’ll end up with a kind and intelligent companion.
Bringing a pet into your family is a beautiful and exciting experience, but be sure you know as much as possible about the canine you choose. Consider all the factors we talked about and enjoy the new life with your pet.