Deciding to invite a dog into your home is a big decision, whether you are buying a pedigree puppy or adopting an older dog, or anything in-between, your new dog will have an impact on your life. But after the decision to adopt a dog is taken, perhaps the biggest decision follows, what kind of dog do you want.
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, with hundreds of breeds, but it’s not just the size that changes with a breed, but temperament, whether they are alright alone or need company, how much exercise they need and any number of other things. That means the type of dog you adopt should be based on more than the ones you like the look of most, because that can lead to problems.
Where to begin?
Because there are so many different breeds, there is definitely a dog out there that is perfect for your life choosing the type of dog that is best suited is all about understanding what the important traits that you prefer are. By looking at your life, and thinking about how much time you have, how much space and so on, you can narrow down your choice to those that fit best with those parameters.
A crucial thing to remember during this process is your situation not just now, but 10 to 15 years into the future, because your new dog is not just for the moment, but for all of their life. This can affect some choices, and it should be part of the decision process to make sure your new pet has an enjoyable life with you, not just today and tomorrow, but throughout their lives.
The space you have
The first aspect of your life that will impact the kind of dog you have is the space you live in. Please be aware that smaller dog does not necessarily mean less exercise, we will discuss that later on, here, we are simply looking at how the dog will fit into your living space. In general, the smaller the home, then a smaller dog will be easier to accommodate. There are dog owners with large dogs in small apartments, but that will definitely require compromises in your daily life, so consider the practicalities of the size of a dog within your home. You should also consider the kind of environment you live in. Here, most guides talk about the limitations of city living and choosing a dog that can adapt to a life without open spaces to play in, but there are also things to consider if you have plenty of space. If your dog is going to spend much of their time outside in fields and wild grass, with mud in winter and so on, then that is also something to consider. Longer haired dogs will require a lot more grooming than shorter haired dogs in those conditions. So, while a larger dog will be manageable, you can narrow down the type of large dog again by focusing on shorter haired breeds.