Millions upon millions of people own dogs today, and it’s not hard to see why. They are loving companions, and can be fierce guardians. But here a few very important facts to consider before adopting a new member of the family.
Your own family is an important factor for choosing the right kind of dog. Do you have little kids? Are there seniors living at the house? Are you a single person family? If you have small kids or elderly individuals at the house, you might want to stay clear of big breeds, as well as young dogs who might reek havoc when shooting through the house in playful moods (most younger dogs are playful all the time). Puppies and younger dogs are probably better for families who have older children.
If you’re a single person family on the other hand, who is going to watch your companion when you’re gone? It’s best to choose a dog that isn’t demanding attention all of the time, which would also include puppies and younger dogs, poorly trained dogs, and dogs who are just in plain need of constant supervision or cannot stay alone without anyone around for a few hours.
An extension of your family would be the other animals that you might already have in the house. If you have a cat, it’s obvious that you will need to choose a dog that gets along with cats. If you have another pooch already, you are probably going to want to pick out a canine that is socialized with other dogs.
What kind of environment do you live in? Do you have a house with a yard? Or maybe a little apartment? Having a place with a yard (preferably fenced) presents you with a vast range of different types of dogs. However, if you have an apartment with no yard, it’s probably best that you choose a subtle and probably smaller breed of dog. They will be much easier to care for in an apartment complex, and it’s easier for the neighbors if you’re dog isn’t a big German Shepherd running around the apartment. Also consider the fact that you probably won’t want a “yapper” dog that cannot keep quiet for two seconds; this again can cause conflict with neighboring families.
Last but not least, your schedule. What do you every day? Do you go to work? School? Both? Whatever your routine is, you have to consider this when getting a dog. If you are an extremely busy person, a dog is either not the best choice for you (they are pack animals, after all, and strive for attention from others), or at the very least, not a young dog or a dog that would want to follow you around constantly. If you’re able to find a dog that is well trained and won’t trail you around all day, then that’s probably the dog for you if you are generally busy. On the other hand, say if you are retired or you work at home, choosing the type of dog you want is probably not going to be as limited, depending on where you live and who you live with.