When it comes to getting a puppy, you are doing more than buying a dog. You are bringing a new member into your family who is going to be around for a while.
Factor #1: Space for a Puppy
The first thing you need to consider is what type of space you have. Do you have a big backyard that a large to medium size dog would need to play around in? Do you have space in your home for a big dog bed and crate or only a small dog bed?
It is important that you consider if you have the space for a puppy, and if so, what kind of puppy. That cute puppy is going to grow into a full-size dog, and a 500 square foot flat may be too small for a Bernese Mountain dog but perfect for a Pug.
If you are renting a space, you need to consider what your rental agreement states. Some rental agreements have pet weight restrictions, so you need to make sure that the small puppy you want to add to your family will not grow into a dog that you can't keep in your rental property.
Factor #2: Temperament of the Breed
Second, you need to take time to research the temperament and needs of the dog breed you are interested in adding to your family. You need to make sure that breed's temperament fits with your own lifestyle and personality.
For example, some dogs are active throughout their life. Other dogs are more social, and some are more territorial. Some dogs love to swim in the water, and other dogs can't swim. Carefully research the different types of dog breeds and choose a breed whose potential personality fits with your own. Keep in mind that your training and relationship with your dog will also impact its temperament.
Factor #3: Your Budget
It is important to consider your budget. When you get a puppy, you are going to need to pay for vaccinations, tick and flea treatment, and heartworm treatment. You are also going to need to purchase supplies for your puppy, such as a collar, identification tag, bed, and toys. Then, there are the ongoing expenses of food and health care for your dog.
Additionally, if you get a dog from a shelter, you will need to pay the adoption fee, which is usually reasonable and may include things such as registration for your dog. If you purchase a dog from a breeder, you will have to pay a much larger fee.
When it comes to adding a puppy to your family, figure out what type of space you have for a full-grown dog in your home to you can pick a puppy that will fit in your home when it grows up. Research different dog breed's temperaments and find a temperament that works with your lifestyle. Finally, consider the upfront and long-term cost of owning a dog.
For more information, look into companies that offer puppies for sale.
Nothing is quite like the bond you develop with a pet. You and your dog know each other to the core. You and your cat have your own way of communicating, even though you do not speak their language. These pets are, in a very real sense, your friends — but they are friends you have the responsibility of caring for completely. Determining what the best care for your pet really is can be a challenge. That's why we created this blog. The articles collected here will help you become a better owner and a better friend to your furry companion, whether they're a cat, dog, rabbit, or other species entirely.