Do you remember how your dog was selected? Is he a dream breed, could you not resist the sad eyes in the shelter or were you charmed by his nature? If it was the latter case, this is the best way to choose your partner. Many people are attracted by appearance, but do not realize that each race has its own specific personality traits. How to choose a breed that fits your lifestyle?
Are you single or do you have a large family? Do you have small children, other pets? Also make it clear to which area you will bring the dog. Do you live in an apartment or a house? Do you own a garden? What are the walking options in your area? You should consider all of this when choosing the right canine companion.
The answers to these questions will help you narrow down your choices. For example, if you live in an apartment and don't have parks or nice places to walk around, a small dog that doesn't require a lot of exercise will probably be right for you. If you have small children, small fragile breeds that can be nervous around children will not be the right nut - look for a furry with a reputation for loving children. Are you attracted to giants like a Great Dane or a St. Bernard? The first thing you will be interested in is how much space you can offer your dog.
EVALUATE YOUR LIFESTYLE
Do you work long hours or travel often? Do you like to go on trips, or do you prefer to stay at home?
If you lead an active lifestyle, definitely focus on active races that can keep up with you. For example, terriers and sports breeds such as border collies, Australian shepherds, German shepherds, poodles, etc., love to exercise. If you prefer to spend your free time with your feet up, an active breed would turn your house into a woodshed. Therefore, a calm breed that likes to lie down on the couch with you will be suitable for you. Also think about how long you are away from home each day and how long the dog will be alone.
BE CLEAR WHY YOU WANT A DOG
Before getting a dog, be clear about what you expect from him. Do you want a companion or a guardian? Do you long for him to curl up on your lap every night or be your jogging partner? Be honest with yourself to find the best breed for you and your family.
CONSIDER YOUR TIME AND BUDGET
Adopting a dog is in some places close to adopting a child, even a four-legged companion will require your attention and care. In addition to ensuring proper nutrition, a bed, toys and various accessories, you will also need to ensure health care, which is not the cheapest. Some breeds need more grooming than others. For example long-haired dogs require regular brushing and trimming . And unfortunately, there are also breeds that have unfortunate genetic predispositions to health problems that can be very expensive to treat.
AGE OF THE DOG
Many people prefer to get puppies for several reasons, not the least of which is that they are cute and hard to resist. Some believe that raising a dog from a puppy helps to strengthen the bond between dog and owner. However, the care and education of a puppy is very demanding and not everyone is comfortable with it, so they prefer to adopt an older dog that has already passed its destructive teething period and puberty. If they don't carry trauma from their previous home (which can usually be overcome with patience), older dogs have no problem forming a strong bond with their new family. On the contrary, they are often more devoted than puppies.