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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dog for Your Family

Posted by Patti Croft on 5/19/2023 to Dog Care
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dog for Your Family
When getting a dog, there are many important things to consider. You may think you have the perfect breed picked out for your family, but other factors matter when bringing a new pet into your home, other than the cute pictures you’ve seen online. We all love a cute puppy, but you want a dog that fits your family’s lifestyle. We’ll give you the top tips on how to choose the right dog for your household.

 1. Size of the Dog

Consider your living arrangements before getting a dog. Do you live in a small area, like an apartment or townhome? If so, a small dog may be better. Chihuahuas and Toy Poodles are great dogs for small living spaces. If your heart is set on a larger dog, you still have some options. Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, and English Mastiffs are big dogs that can be gentle giants with easygoing natures. 

 2. Energy Level 

If you love being active, you want a dog that matches that energy. Some breeds need plenty of exercise, so if you want a hiking or running partner, choose a pet that enjoys lots of playtime. Get the proper supplies, like a well-fitting harness and strong leash to keep your dog safe and comfortable. Labradors are great for high-energy people. If you want a more tame, laid-back canine, calmer dogs, like Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, and Cocker Spaniels, are perfect choices. These pups will be content curling up on the couch with you catching up on the latest streaming episodes. 

 3. Temperament

 If you have young children, you want to be extra cautious about getting a dog with the right temperament. You also want to spend time with the dog before bringing one home to get to know it better. Golden Retrievers typically have gentle temperaments and patient dispositions, which make them great for children. 

 4. Budget

Some furry friends need more grooming and vet visits than others. If your budget doesn’t allow for regular appointments, you want a breed that won’t require quite as much cost. For instance, many people love doodles until they realize how much it takes to keep them maintained. Do your research and get a price estimate on the dog you’re thinking of bringing into the family fold. 

 5. Options for Allergy Sufferers 

If anyone in your home has allergies, you want to get a dog that sheds less and has less dander than others. A hypoallergenic dog can bring lots of love and laughter while not causing you to have an allergic reaction. These breeds include Bichon Frise, Schnauzers, and Poodles. There are also shampoos you can purchase that keep shedding to a minimum. 

Decision Time 

Once you’ve gone through all the steps to find the perfect pet for your family, it’s time to look for a dog. Don’t forget your local shelters and rescues. These organizations are filled with loving dogs waiting for their forever homes. Shelters are often overlooked, but you may be surprised at the selections of different breeds available. Getting the right dog for your household is a big decision. Using these tips will help you navigate a plan and narrow down your choices. Take the time to research and have fun. A dog will bring lots of love to your family for many years to come.

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