A cute and cuddly face should NOT be your reason for picking your new dog. Although, if that is what you want in a dog, it should be ONE of the attributes of your new pooch.
Trouble is, often enough when a new puppy or full grown dog is chosen, it is chosen ONLY by emotion, and not by including an reasoning into the equation. You have to have both, brain and heart when picking a new puppy.
This picture is of my first Golden Retriever…
Of course, I believe that once you have chosen the attributes you want in your new family member, you should go to the Humane Society, or a Rescue Place to choose your new dog.
There are many different reasons that people get dogs. So, what you need to do is first of all figure out why you want a dog, and for what reason. Some of these could be:
– A dog to enjoy retirement with? Or maybe run with? Or do you want a dog for your kids?
– Will you take your dog out daily? Once in a while? Or never?
This picture is of my Golden Puppy learning about dog therapy for seniors. She absolutely loved this work.
– Are you on a large lot? A house with a closed in backyard? Or a Condo? Or an apartment?
There could be rules for size and number of dogs allowed in Condos and Apartments. Check first.
– Will you have the funds for food? For shots? For medical treatment if necessary? Dogs are not cheap.
So you will need to assess the characteristics of both yourself and the dog you need…and then the search starts.
Here are some ideas to include into your Assessment:
Generally the size of the dog should go with the size of the home. Perhaps the exception may be the ever adorable adoptive Greyhounds! They love to lounge, are gently, do not need a lot of space (they do need their own sleeping place though). And they do need to go for runs, but, in between activities they are happy to just lay low.
Also, if you get a smaller dog that needs lots of energy, a bigger property will be handy, unless you plan to do lots of walking, or dog parks.
Remember each breed has different exercise needs, and that should be considered depending on the size of your property.
Also, big dogs eat more… Can you afford to feed your dog a quality food?
AGE IS IMPORTANT
Do you want a puppy that requires lots of your time input, and a lot of patience? Or perhaps a young adult that may be house trained, and ready for adoption?
Or, if you are a senior, then you may be able to adopt an older and beautiful life companion?
Again, do your due diligence and research what breed will meet your exercise requirements. Many breeds do not need a lot of exercise, but, they need to have a long, hearty walk each day. Are you willing to do this? You need to match your dog’s exercise needs to your own.
Other breeds could make an amazing jogging partner. Or, got kids? Check which breeds can keep up with the energy of youngsters…and the noise and activity of the youngsters.
Yes, some dogs are quite content to lay and relax and just be content to have you nearby. (Of course even these dogs need walks).
Other dogs, like my golden retriever, and also German shepherds (just to mention 2 of the breeds) need lots of mental stimulation.
I did dog therapy work, visiting in senior homes, with my goldens. Certain dogs need to be mentally stimulated, they need to be involved. And, if you get these types of dogs you will do them great injustice if you just let them pine away doing nothing.
And then there is dog grooming. Does your dog have long hair, short hair? Does he shed? Do you have allergies, or any of your family? I have heard and read the Doodle Dogs shed very little. And doodle dogs as some other breeds are great for those with allergies as they have few allergens. Check into this.
And, if your dog does need constant grooming can you afford to take him, or, are you willing to learn how to do it yourself, and then actually do it on a regular basis.
So, You Decided And Now What
And one last step is to make sure you actually get to meet the adult version of your chosen breed. The best would of course be to actually meet the puppy’s own parents.
This will give you an idea of what to expect when your own dog is fully grown and mature.
And, of course the whole family should be in agreement with the dog. And they should all want to be involved one way or another once the dog is part of the family.
And then, finally, you will have the enjoyment and the love of adding that particular dog to your family. A lifetime companion for sure!
Also, check this site from a Cdn Veterinarian, Check List For Getting New Dog