From the amount of available space in your home to the age of its occupants, a myriad of factors play a role in determining which breed of dog might be best for your family. Consider some of the following factors in choosing the perfect pet for your household:
1. Consider Age
If the idea of socializing, training, and heavily involving yourself in the formative stages of a pet’s life sounds appealing, you will want to opt for a puppy. However, you must keep in mind that puppies require attention, patience, and a household that’s rarely empty. Conversely, with an adult dog, you will mostly miss out on the socialization process, and your dog may have some personality quirks as a result. However, you can likely end up with a calmer, more mature, and less needy dog.
2. Consider Temperament
Different breeds of dogs have different personalities, some of which will be more compatible with certain households. While every dog is unique, certain breeds are stereotypically considered more energetic than others. For instance, Basset Hounds and Bulldogs tend to be calmer dogs and thus more suitable for families with older children or none at all. On the other hand, smaller kids tend to enjoy more active dogs such as Russell Terriers and Border Collies.
3. Consider Size
Many people are attracted to puppies for their youth, energy, and enthusiasm. However, if you live in a small house and don’t plan on moving into a bigger one in the near future, it may not be a wise idea to get one. Puppies grow rapidly, and it is important to provide your dog with enough space both indoors and outdoors to stretch out and exercise. For example, Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds are better suited for large homes with large backyards.
Once you decide upon the perfect dog to bring home, keep him healthy by taking him to Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital for friendly, quality pet care. Call us at (917) 675-3708 to learn more about our top-notch pet care services.