Having a pet can be one of the best decisions anyone can make. However, this is a decision that must never be taken lightly. Certain things must be put into consideration when it comes to choosing a dog breed that is ideal for you. In the following sections in this piece, we are going to focus on six things to consider when the time comes to choose a dog breed.

  1. Affordability

Different dog breeds come with different price tags. Some dog breeds, however, are incredibly costly. For this reason, you have to carefully consider how much you want to budget for the initial purchase of the dog. You also need to know that the cost does not stop at the initial purchase. There are other costs associated with the maintenance of a dog.

These include feeding, exercise, medical and even grooming costs. All these costs vary from breed to breed. The purpose of the dog you want to get will also affect the size of the budget you want to use to get the dog. In a case where you desire to have a security dog, you have to accept that you are going to spend relatively more. This is because security dogs have undergone special training and all these add to the overall cost.

The cost of other things like toys is also important. This is particularly instructive if you are going to get a dog as a pet. You should not purchase a dog if you are not sure of how much it will cost you to maintain the dog.

  1. Aggressiveness

Although dogs are often referred to as the best friend of man since the beginning of time, extreme aggressiveness is not good for anyone. Some dog breeds are quite aggressive and some others are docile, cool-headed and even safe with kids.

But then again, the aggressive feature may become handy if your plan is to get a security dog. But if you desire a pet, then, by all means, go for the peaceful breeds. If you also have children at home, the least aggressive dog breeds will be the more reasonable choice.

  1. Size

It is quite erroneous to assume that the level of activity of a dog is directly proportional to its size. That a dog is bigger does not always mean it is more vibrant than others.

As a matter of fact, it has been observed that the relatively tinier breeds are often more active. The heaviest dogs, on the other hand, are actually generally lazier and less active. Bigger breeds also consume more meaning you are going to spend more on feeding, healthcare, maintenance and other expenses.

  1. Your Relatives

It is easy to think of yourself alone when you are thinking of choosing a dog. However, the fact here is that you also need to think about your relatives. If you happen to have family members with you, you have to consider them. A very good example is a house full of children. In such an instance, it is often better to go for bigger breeds of dogs. There is a very good reason behind this. The small breeds are not the best of natural allies to little children. This is because kids consider tiny dogs as toys and treat them as such.

Of course, the dogs do not always find that funny and can hurt the child in the process. You also need to ask yourself if any of the members of your family have allergic reactions to dogs. This is even more important if you are thinking of getting dog breeds that shed a lot. If any of the members of your family happen to be allergic, then you have to go for the dog breeds that have a minimum level of shedding.

  1. Commitment

If you are buying a dog, you must know that you are going to be committed to it, just as you will be committed to a loved one. You cannot just buy a dog and leave it all alone. You must be ready to commit yourself to the welfare and taking good care of the dog for all of its life. See a dog as a child that needs to be fed, groomed, treated and even pampered. It is a huge responsibility to raise a dog so take time to think carefully about it.

  1. Age

It is often advised that you select an older dog if you have the choice. There are a number of benefits that come with choosing an older dog. For instance, an older canine already has well-defined size, housing needs, health conditions if any, level of training needed and others. On the other hand, going for a puppy is going to come with a lot of surprises and things that you might never have even planned for.

 

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