Owning a pet is a dream many people have. At some point, these animals are considered to be part of the family. For some, owning a dog is not a preference but a necessity. This is the case for those people who need service animals. Dogs are among the most beloved pets worldwide. They are cute, loyal and most of all playful. If you are looking to get yourself a dog, there are a number of factors that you should consider first. Dogs are not “one size fits all”. This article will highlight the main factors that should be considered when choosing a dog breed.
One of the most important considerations that should be made is temperament. Some dog breeds will be more outgoing and playful while others are a lot more aggressive. Your needs should determine the specific dog breed that you should get. If you are looking for a guard dog, then an aggressive dog will be suitable for you. If you need a family pet, then you should get a more easygoing breed. One of the best ways to gauge the temperament of a specific breed is to spend time interacting with the dogs and monitor how they interact with each other. A dog may also vary from other dogs of the same breed in terms of general behavior. It is easier to mold the behavior of younger puppies through training and socialization.
Another important consideration that needs to be made is size. If you are looking for larger breeds, such as Retrievers and German Shepherds, you should ensure that there is enough space in the home and outside as well for exercise. If you have a smaller space, such as an apartment or a mobile home, you should consider smaller breeds such as Toy Poodles or Chihuahuas. However, it is important to note that smaller breeds do not necessarily mean less care or gentle temperament. These factors are to be considered separately.
The family member needs also need to be considered when selecting a dog breed. If you have small children in the house, you should consider avoiding small dogs. This is because the children may consider them toys and end up hurting them. Some dog breeds are also extremely aggressive and would not do well in a home that is very socially active. Additionally, if some family members are allergic to animals, this should be factored in. It is hard to find a dog that is fully non-allergic, but certain breeds shed less and would be more suitable in such an environment.
The cost of maintaining the dog should also be carefully considered before selecting a dog breed. You need to take into consideration the specific needs of a dog before making the financial decision to get it. There are needs that are general to all dogs, including bedding, crates for travelling, food and treats among others. Some dog breeds may have more food expenses and some breeds require more medical care. These are some of the factors that should influence your decision.