So, having considered all of the above, you must look at your lifestyle and see what dog suits you and your family. Do you have the time and enjoy long walks every day? If not, don’t consider an energetic breed such as a Dalmatian, Border Collie or a Doberman. Every dog needs walking but certain breeds go cranky without a very large amount of exercise. Are you looking for a dog to go running with you? Then don’t choose a small breed that cannot tolerate too much exercise. Do you have children? Are you planning or likely to have children in the future? Remember, dogs live for many years and you need to plan for their happiness and security in the future. It’s not fair to get a dog then give him away if your circumstances change. So, if children are a part of your life, or likely to be in the next ten or more years, you must get a breed that is known to get along with children easily, such as a Labrador. But bear in mind that dogs and children still need supervising while playing together to ensure safety.
Another consideration is that of allergies. Many people have allergies these days and many more develop them each day. There is not such thing as a hypo-allergenic breed of dogs, no matter what you may read. Make sure that you and your family are not susceptible to dog allergy by spending time with a friend’s dog. Perhaps you could have a dog to stay with you for a week or so, during a friend’s holiday, and monitor how everyone reacts. If sneezing, wheezing and itchy skin reactions are evident, it is better not to get a dog. These allergies do not disappear and will more likely become serious health issues over time. Dogs need to live in the house with its family – never consider getting a dog and making it live outside due to allergy problems. Dogs are social animals and need affection and contact from their family.
Remember that having a puppy in the house generally means more housework. They shed fur, they crunch up biscuits on the carpet, they come into the house with mud on their paws and coat and are sometimes destructive with furniture, shoes, books and other items in the house. Are you able to cope with this? If you enjoy a fastidiously clean house, then maybe you wouldn’t make a good dog owner. Certain breeds shed less fur than others so that’s worth considering when deciding which breed, if any, would suit you.
In all, the key here is to give yourself a lot of time to consider if a dog is really for you, and if so, which breed would truly suit your lifestyle and family circumstances, both now and in the foreseeable future. A dog can truly be a joy in your life, but only if you’re prepared for the reality of taking on such a responsibility.