Which Dog To Choose

April 26, 2012 | By | Reply More

Find the Perfect Fit

From smart phones to shoes we put a lot of thought into choosing just the right fit for our lifestyle. The same doesn’t always apply when it comes to choosing a dog. Oftentimes we’ll  choose the cutest dog, the one we saw in a movie, or one we think will impress the neighbors. Whatever the reason we choose a dog, it’s vital to do some research first, since this will be a family member for a decade or more.

Temperament, size, age, activity level, health, and grooming needs all should be considered when choosing which dog is right for you.  Dogs often end up in shelters because that cute little puppy grew to be bigger than expected. The bigger the dog the more space he needs, the more he’ll eat and yes, the bigger the dog the bigger the poop.

Some breeds make good lap dogs, needing less exercise. Some are high-energy and need hours of physical and mental exercise in a day. So consider your life style. If you’re a high energy person choose a dog who can keep up with you. If you tend to kick back and relax most of the time don’t expect every breed to be happy just chilling out.  If you are a laidback type with a softer personality, you may want to avoid the more independant breeds.

Age is also vital to consider.  A puppy is a full time job. If you’re a busy person consider giving a home to an older dog who already knows some of the basics such as house training, come and stay.  If you are a parent looking for a playtoy for your toddlers, consider a stuffed animal.  ; )

Whatever the reasons you choose the dog you do, make sure to do your homework ahead of time so you end up with just the right fit for years to come.


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