Whether you decide to get your new puppy from a breeder or to adopt it from an animal shelter, bringing a puppy into your family is an important decision that you should not make lightly. A puppy grows into a dog, and a dog is for life. You’ll need to make sure that you choose the right type of dog for you and your family’s lifestyle.
First Things to Consider When Getting a New Puppy
First of all, you must think about your living arrangements. If you are living in the city in an apartment, it is obviously a bad idea to choose a large dog that needs a lot of exercise in the great outdoors. That is, unless you are prepared to spend a great deal of your time driving out to the countryside and/or the beach for the sake of your pup’s wellbeing.
Likewise, if you do not have a lot of time to spare, you should choose a reasonably low-maintenance pooch, although, of course, you should always ensure that you give your pup the care and attention that all breeds inherently require. Dogs, in particular, become very attached to their owners when they are treated with enough love and kindness – and often even when they are not. Properly caring for your pup will include some necessary expenses such as:
- Collar/harness and leash
- Grooming tools and supplies
- Bed and toys
- Veterinary care
- Dog walker/dog day care if necessary
Additional Factors to Consider When Getting a Puppy
You also need to take into account factors such as if you have children or existing pets. If so, your new pup will have to learn to socialize with the other members of your family. However, you can handily help that process along by deciding upon a dog that will fit in with them rather than trying to have them adjust to a new pup.
A boisterous puppy can be a nuisance or stressor to an older dog or cat who has long since grown out of their urge to play. If that same puppy is highly strung or prone to snapping, as some breeds are, then it is not a good choice for a family that has young children.
On the other hand, breeds that are well known for being particularly good with children include:
- Bull Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
And, of course, the lovable mutt available at your local animal shelter!
If you do adopt a puppy from an animal shelter, the staff there will be able to advise you regarding the best choice of pup for your lifestyle. No responsible rescue center would place a puppy with a household that is not a good match for that dog, as neither the pup nor owner would be fully happy.