Making the decision to bring a furry friend into the family is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Rescuing a dog doesn’t mean you have a new fixture in the house; rather, you now have a new family member that deserves a lot of love and attention and a lifetime commitment.
Because adding a dog to your life is a major decision, you need to make sure that the type of dog you adopt is one whose breed characteristics are compatible with your lifestyle. Adoption counselors with shelters and rescues are trained to help match you with a dog that aligns with your needs.
Keep in mind that you will find all breeds and blends of dogs in shelters and at rescues. While you can find many purebreds needing forever homes, mutts often bring a mix of desireable traits to the table. In fact, mutts are often healthier and more easy going than their purebred cousins!
Any dog you adopt will need to see a veterinarian regularly to stay happy and healthy. Remember that certain breeds can be more susceptible to particular illnesses or prone to injuries, so do some research and factor in the costs of good food and healthcare into your budget.
Active Lifestyle or Relaxed Approach?
Another aspect to consider when choosing the dog to add to your life is your level of activity. A dog that is part Husky or Doberman Pincher will require lots of physical activity, so they will be a perfect addition to your morning run. However, if you prefer to spend your mornings and afternoons curled up on the couch, getting a dog with mastiff or a basset hound in their genetic mix will provide you with a great snuggle buddy.
Frequent Traveler or Home Body?
As a potential pup parent, your time away from your pet is a crucial fact to consider. If your job requires you to be away from home for the majority of the day, you will need to think over how this will affect your dog’s daily routine. Can you run home on your lunch break to walk your dog? Will you be able to have someone come over during the day to keep them company? Are there other furry friends within the household to play with? Always remember that they need companionship just as much as we do!
Busy Bee or Free Time?
Another responsibility to consider with your furry friend is the amount of additional time each breed can require. Long hair breeds, such as Bichon Frises or Fox Terriers, require more grooming than other dogs, like dogs that are part Boston Terrier or Entlebucher Mountain Dog. If this seems to be too much extra work on your part, and you don’t want to pay for a groomer, look into dogs like Labrador Retrievers or Chihuahua blends because they shed very little and don’t need much more than the occasional bath.
Adopting a pet is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider when selecting the dog that is the perfect fit for you, but keep an open mind when it comes to meeting your new best friend. You never know which dog you will connect and fall in love with!