As a blog that centers on a love of animals, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are people who are first-timers. There is nothing wrong with jumping on the bandwagon; as long as you’re abroad, everything is A-okay. Of course, it means you’re going to be behind the times somewhat because the ownership thing is all brand new. Taking a walk on the furry side is an amazing experience, but it’s important to get the choice right. After all, some canines aren’t the perfect fit for many reasons. And, as the saying goes, a dog is for life and not only for Christmas.
These are the points to consider regarding breeds and which one is best.
Energetic Vs Chilled
Let’s start by considering the canine’s personality. Some people, animal-lovers or not, haven’t got the patience to put up with an energetic dog. Why? It’s usually because they are needy. In this case, a chilled pet is bound to be more your pace as it will need less attention. Others love dogs that are full of love and constantly seeking recognition as it makes them feel wanted. Which one you pick should depend on your personality as much as the dog’s character. Energetic pooches include boxers, while lazy breeds take in Basset Hounds and Bulldogs.
How Much Time?
Another consideration is your lifestyle as well as the animal’s routine. Dogs need exercise and they need an owner who will take them out at least twice a day. Unlike cats, they can’t walk around without supervision. Bearing this in mind, it’s vital that you have the time and freedom to come home in the afternoon and take them on long walks in the evening. Sure, there will be times when you cut the exercise short, but it can’t happen regularly. Otherwise, the pet’s mental and physical well-being will take a hit. For the people with busy lives, consider a canine that is smaller as they tend to need less walking.
Seriously, this is probably the biggest consideration for any new dog owner. As cute and cuddly as all pooches seem, some are incredibly difficult to train. A beagle is a prime example as they are cheeky, naughty, and don’t listen to commands. Yep, you have to be a true Ivan Pavlov to get a beagle to take notice. There are goods as well as dog product reviews that can help if you are in love with a hard to train breed. Still, the best option is often to buy a dog that is easier to teach. Don’t attempt to walk before you can crawl, boys and girls.
Old Or Young?
Deciding on age tends to encompass a lot of the things this post has already addressed. Energy, for example, as well training. After all, you can’t teach an old dog a new trick. However, always factor in the emotional aspect. Older animals have a shorter life expectancy, which is incredibly traumatic. Just as your beginning to love the pet, it develops a condition and dies. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t opt for an old pooch, but it does imply you should be aware of the emotional dangers.
That only leaves one question – which breed are you going to choose?