Owning a dog is an excellent choice if you want a loving, loyal four-legged friend in your life. Before adopting a playful pooch, you have to decide which dog breed is best for your lifestyle. While there are many factors to account for, the following tips and advice from a veterinarian can help you determine which dog breed is ideal for you:
Expenses: Do you know how much you’re willing to spend on a dog? You’ll need to consider the basic elements of food and veterinary expenses, along with other variables such as toys and grooming before welcoming a new dog into your life. You can gauge how much you’re likely to spend on a dog by its physical characteristics and any health issues its breed is commonly at risk for. Mixed-breed dogs are generally less susceptible to breed-specific conditions.
Children: Dogs are a great addition to the family, providing warmth, love, and a sense of responsibility for children. But some dogs are simply better suited for children than others. For safety reasons, you’ll want to take your child’s age into consideration before bringing home an oversized and rambunctious dog. An untrained dog, no matter how small or large it is, may nip at noisy kids.
Living Space: Are you living in an apartment or a house? Do you have a backyard? These are good questions to ask yourself before setting your sights on an active breed. Do some research on the types of dogs that require daily exercise and the calm companions who are happy to sit in your lap.
Free Time: How much time do you have to invest in a new puppy? Puppies may be cute, but the work that goes into raising and training these boisterous youngsters can be challenging. If you don’t have the time or patience to train a puppy, there are plenty of mature, older dogs that need a home too!
Make sure your new dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and other veterinary treatments. Call the trained staff at The Vet House in Richardson at (972) 690-8741 today to schedule an appointment for your newest four-legged friend.