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Choosing the right breed of Dog for you

Monday 18 July 2016

choosing the right dog breed

When we think about getting a dog, are we guided by heart or head?

If you are thinking about getting a new family member there are many factors to consider to ensure that you find the right breed for you. Would you really want to get a springer spaniel that needs a lot of exercise, if you are unable to spend time on long walks, which would be needed two to three times a day, which is typical of that breed to be energetic.

It's a very true statement that a dog is for life and not just for Christmas or until the novelty wears off!

breeds of dog
So when choosing a new dog for the first time, choose the preferred breed and please consider the following factors. 
Research the breed of dog that you are wanting to own and more importantly research the traits and needs of that breed, then ask yourself "can you accommodate those needs"
Will your dog be around young children? As some breeds cope better with young people than others, which is one of the most important things to factor in your chosen breed?
Can you afford to own a dog? Just like us humans dogs need food, trips to the vets and other ongoing expenses that come with owning a dog.
The type of house/flat that you live in, the size of the living areas and if you have ample room for a large, medium or small dog, as dogs need plenty of their own space too!
Do you have a garden space/outside areas and is it secure?
Are there nearby parks to ensure to the dog has good playtime and exercise, so your dog can enjoy his time out and with you, and you can enjoy your dog too.
How long will the dog be left on its own in the daytime (remember that even dogs have daily needs such as going to the toilet, feeding and exercise)
If you have a specific breed and size of dog you would like to own, and you have done some research but you are still unsure, then take some further time to contact some registered breeds for advice or if you know other people who own the same breed talk them.
If your doubts still remain then maybe that breed of dog is not suited to you and your needs, but please remember there are plenty of breeds out there that will be suitable, and plenty of dogs looking for new homes every day, so please consider your local dogs rescue centres near you as you never know your new family member could be waiting for you!

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