Celebrity status can suddenly increase a dog breed’s popularity. Stars such as Hugh Jackman and Lady Gaga are frequently photographed with their French Bulldogs, which has made the demand for these charming little dogs skyrocket. Similarly, the 101 Dalmatians movie saw breeders of the spotty dogs inundated with inquiries for puppies. Fame and publicity are no reasons to choose a dog for your family, especially as you’re going to be sharing your life with your hound for twelve years or more. It’s important to learn about the top factors to consider when choosing the perfect furry companion for your family.
The purchase price for a dog varies widely, depending on their breed and whether you purchase from a registered breeder or a rescue group. There are other ongoing costs such as parasite treatments, food, and occasional veterinary bills for illness and injury. If you own a large dog, you’ll pay even more for these. Flea and worming treatments, as well as medications, are dosed based on body weight, and the larger the dog, the higher the cost. Big dogs eat more too, so you’ll be replacing that bag of kibble more frequently. If your finances are a bit snug, choose a small breed that will cost proportionately less to look after.
Think about the space you have to accommodate your dog. It’s fine to have dreamed of having a Great Dane for your entire life, but if you live in a small apartment, you’ll need to be prepared for them to bump into things and knock things over. Life would be more pleasant for both you and your pet if you chose a small- to medium-sized companion. If you have a big backyard and a more spacious home, then definitely take on a giant breed if that’s where your passion lies.
Be realistic about how active you and your family are, when choosing a specific breed of dog to share your life with.
If your idea of a great time is curling up on the couch with cable television, then don’t choose an active working breed like a Border Collie. They will be bored with too much energy to burn, and they’ll channel this into making their own entertainment. This isn’t likely to please you. You would be much better off with a sedentary dog that’s happy to curl up next to you.
On the other hand, if you’re a keen runner or hiker, then that active, energetic Border Collie is a great choice for you. They’ll get the exercise they need and you’ll always have an enthusiastic training buddy to keep you company.
A dog’s fur can range from the short and easy-to-care-for coat of the Whippet to the long flowing locks of the Afghan Hound. How much effort you have to put into your dog’s coat care should influence which breed you bring into your family. If you’re a shampoo and towel dry type of person, you may not have the time or inclination to regularly brush a long coat, so pick a breed with a short coat that doesn’t take too much grooming. Some breeds need regular clipping, so you’ll need to either learn how to do that yourself or plan for visits to a grooming salon – this then starts to influence the finances of your breed choice.
It has been said that people spend more time evaluating the features of their next car than they do their next dog. While it’s not impossible to accommodate any of these issues, life with your dog will be more enjoyable and less stressful if you take them into account. Don’t get a dog on impulse. Spend some time making a list of what you’re looking for in a dog and stick to it. Your new canine family member will then fit well into your lifestyle and bring you years of joy and companionship.