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How to Choose the Right Dog

By Edited May 11, 2016 1 1

Choosing the Right Dog

There are many reasons a person may decide to add a pet to their household. Picking out the right pet can be very difficult, and time consuming. For those who decide a dog would suit their lifestyle there are some key factors to keep in mind when making the choice.

1. Time:

How much time you have to give to the dog is a MAJOR factor. If you participate in hobbies along with your regular 9-5 mon-fri job you may want to go with a dog that is over a year old. This will eliminate the need for housebreaking, training, and reduce potty time to 3-4 times a day. A puppy requires ALL of your spare time. The average puppy is able to hold in his/her potty the number of hours that corresponds with their age in months plus one. eg) 2 month old puppy should be able to hold potty 2hours+1= a total of 3hours at a time. This is just a general figure, and does not account for any health issues or behavioral issues.

2. Energy Level:

Do you like to hike on the weekends? Or do you like to sit and watch the game at home? Your activity level is a very important factor when choosing a dog. A puppy is going to need much more walking, and playing than an older dog. Breed is also a factor when looking at your lifestyle. If you prefer minimal walks, and cringe at the idea of jogging with your dog you may want to consider a breed that is low energy(pug, bullldog etc). For those who want a jogging companion you may want to consider a more energetic breed such as a golden, border collie or springer spaniel.

3. Space:

How much space you have to give is also a factor. If you live in an apartment in the city you will likely house a small to medium dog. Certian breeds are known for doing well in apartments, and small living spaces. Researching this will prevent you from choosing a breed that prefers open spaces, and will save much distruction to your home.

4. Maintenence:

Dogs vary in the type of care they need. How much time you are willing to commit to the care of your dog will dictate the breed of dog as well. Dogs with shorter coats require much less grooming than those with longer coats. Some toy breeds such as the yorkie and maltise require trimming of the coat, and constant grooming. If you are shaking your head at the thought of bringing your dog to the doggy salon every month you may want to choose a more hearty short coated dog.

With today's society being one with many options it is important to do your research before buying/adopting a dog. With all of the information available to us on the web we are able to find out exactly what type of dog will fit perfectly with our lifestyle. For information on various breeds, their traits, and links to reputable breeders in your area you can visit:

www.akc.org

http://www.ckc.ca/en/

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Comments

Dec 25, 2011 10:09am
thehigherstandard
I don't really have the time to devote to really long walks (and runs) so a small dog is my only real option.
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