Choosing the Right Breed
Thinking about getting a new puppy or perhaps adopting an older dog soon? It’s important to consider what breed or breeds you might be looking for and then research which of those might fit best into your lifestyle. Some of the things you might to think about are:
- Living situation. Whether you have a house or live in an apartment or condo is something to think about. If you’re renting, are you allowed to keep a dog and is there a size restriction. If you live with others, make sure everyone is on the same page about bringing a new dog into the home.
- Access to a fenced yard. While a fenced yard isn’t necessary, it definitely can make things easier! If you don’t have access to a yard, you might want to consider a lower energy dog breed.
- Family members. It’s important to consider all of the people who will regularly be interacting with your new dog. Some dogs breeds are known for doing well with children, while others tend to prefer adult company. If you have elderly family members, a smaller dog might be the better option as a larger dog can knock dog the elderly or small children.
- Activity level. One of the most important aspects to consider is the typical energy level of the dog breeds you’re looking at. High energy dogs require a lot more supervision and exercise then a lower energy dog does. Dogs that were typically bred to work all day, easily become bored when left to their own devices.
- Your lifestyle. If you’re an avid hiker and camper then a more outgoing and energetic breed is probably a great choice for you. On the opposite end, if you prefer relaxing on the couch with a good movie, a more a low-key dog breed would be the better choice.
- Time. How much time you have available to devote to a dog is an important consideration as well. If you work long hours, maybe consider adopting an older dog as opposed to a young puppy. Puppies require constant supervision and training as they mature and can be quite the handful for a busy person or family.
- Money. While any dog breed is going to come with expenses, a puppy is going to cost more up front than a older dog. Adopting is usually cheaper than buying from a breeder. Consider if the dog you’re looking at is going to require professional grooming or if a quick bath at home will do.
Taking all of these things into consideration, look at the list of dog breeds that you’re most drawn to and choose the one or ones that match your lifestyle best. Once you’ve determined the best breed or breeds for you, then start looking into breeders or rescues with that criteria in mind.
If you decide to go with a puppy, we offer Puppy Preschool at both our locations in Wildwood and Cottleville. Puppy Preschool is a great way to ensure you and your pup get off to a great start together! Call us today for more info or check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/caseyraystl