Owning a dog is a rewarding experience. They are intelligent, loving, fun and very loyal, making them a great addition to your life. Owning a dog brings many benefits, and recent studies show that they are especially good for children.
Owning a dog is a long-term commitment
However, it is important to remember that owning a dog is a big responsibility. After all, you are going to have to care for your pet for 15 years, maybe more. Therefore, it is important to be realistic about what is involved in introducing a dog into your home, and be ready for everything involved.
You need to ask yourself if you will be physically able to carry on exercising a dog as you age, and your family responsibilities change. It is also important to consider whether you have a sufficient income to allow you to pay for food, and things like vet fees and vaccinations. If you are not sure you can make these long-term commitments, it is far better to adopt an older animal, instead of getting a puppy.
If you do decide that you are able to take on a dog you still need to make sure that you choose one that is suitable for your family. A good breeder, like Douglas Hall Kennels, will always discuss this with you before you choose a puppy. Honest breeders are careful to ensure that people do not go home with a little dog that grows into one that they cannot handle, or afford to look after.
Where you live
They will check that you have enough space to bring up a dog, and look after him or her in adulthood. If you do not have much room, the last thing you need is a big dog, but there are plenty of smaller breeds available, which may be a good fit for you and your family.
The character of a dog
If you have small children, the character of the puppy you choose is especially important. You will have to train your dog to behave properly. In addition, you will need to teach your kids how to behave with pets. This is the case regardless of what breed you choose.
However, some types of dogs are more suitable for families than others are. Some cope better with the chaos of family life than others do. Bulldogs, beagles and boxers are all patient and calm dogs that work well for many families.
However, if you are very active family, you may be better off with a more energetic dog that can run around all day without getting tired out, for example a Labrador or golden retriever. You will need a dog that has the ability to keep up, and live at a fast pace.
You have to think about the energy of the dog, and how they will fit in with your family. If you are not sure what I mean by that, you can find out more on this page. It is written by Cesar Milan – The Dog Whisperer, and he goes into far more depth than I can here.
So, to sum up you need a dog that you can afford to keep, as well as one that you can take care of, and have the space for. Most importantly, you need to look for a dog that will fit in with the way your family lives.