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How to Choose a Dog Breed

Choosing a dog breed is an important task and should be treated with seriousness to make sure you are compatible with your dog in every way. Before getting a dog, think about each of the following aspects to ensure you make the right choice. Choosing from the popular dog breeds is not a solution; you need to find the perfect dog for you and your family.

Size of Your Home

When buying a dog, you need to consider how big your home is and how much space you can offer your pet. Certain breeds are happy to spend their time slumbering in a small place, while others will be miserable in an apartment.

If you live in an apartment, there are several low and medium energy breeds that are more suitable for apartment life. Typically, large breeds need more space and even a yard to play.

Time You Can Spend with the Dog

If you are a busy person, you need a dog that can do well when left alone at home. Dogs can get bored when left alone at home for too long and may develop behavioral problems. The dog also needs to spend his energy, so you need to take some time and take him out for walks and play with him.

Low energy dogs need less time outside while high energy dogs may need as much as 2 to 3 hours of activity per day.

Your Personality

The personality of the dog should match your personality. In order to establish dominance, you need to have a stronger personality than your dog.

Consider also the following aspect: an active dog may get frustrated by a calm owner and vice-versa.

Energy Level

The energy level of the dog you choose should be suitable to your lifestyle, free time and your home.

If you have enough space and a yard, you can get a high energy dog that can spend his energy outside, even if you don’t have the time to play with him.

If the dog doesn’t get to spend all his energy, he is prone to obesity and may develop unwanted behaviors such as chewing or he might even get depressed.

Shedding and Grooming Needs

Certain dog breeds need more grooming than others. Typically, short haired dogs need less grooming. Also, short haired dogs shed less amounts of hair, while long haired breeds will fill your home with hair.

Dogs for Children

If you have children, you need to consider buying dogs for children.

The dogs for children need to be clever and friendly. The best dogs for kids are low or medium energy dogs.

Feeding Cost

You also need to consider the amounts of food your dog needs. The feeding cost depends on several factors: the type of food you choose (canned or dry food), the size of the dog and the energy level.

On average, smaller dogs need less food.

The more energy a dog spends the more food he requires.

You have to take into consideration that some dogs require special diets.

Health Care Cost

The health care cost also depends on the dog and his health condition. You need to take your dog for a routine check-up a few times per year, get some vaccines and you might have unexpected vet emergencies. You may opt for pet healthcare coverage.

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