As a London Dog Walker, I walk all types of breeds and sizes and know it is important to make sure you choose the right dog for your circumstances.
Choosing a dog is an important decision, and many different factors must be considered. Dogs become part of the family, and choosing which canine is going to join yours is not a decision that should be taken lightly.
Remember to consider the size of your home, car and garden.
The size of your house and garden will determine what size dog is suitable for your home. It is important to remember that this pet will be spending time with you, following you around the house, and playing in the garden. If you have a small flat, perhaps a large Dalmatian would be less suitable, and a smaller dog such as a Yorkie would be more appropriate. Also, a dog needs exercise, and larger dogs will need to be taken out more frequently and for more extended periods.
It is worth researching the different temperaments of the breeds you are interested in. Some dogs are bred to work, and others for show; some dogs are known to interact well with children, others less so. Working dogs will be more active and need lots of stimulation and exercise, all of which have to fit in with your lifestyle. Many websites will give you this information, and you must pick the dog with the right temperament for you.
Pedigree, crossbreed or Mongrel? The choice is yours!
Once you have decided on which sized dog is suitable and what temperament it should have, the actual genetic make-up of the dog is your next consideration. Pedigree dogs will come with paperwork that shows their family tree; the dog’s background will be known, and parents will normally be available to view. Crossbred dogs have become quite popular with the introduction of breeding of many different species, such as Cokerpoos and Jugs. This combination usually means the dog is non-moulting, which is a favourable trait for some. If you get a dog from a dog’s home, you may not know the background and breed of the dog. Dog lovers may be able to hazard a guess at the breed, but the background is always a mystery. Rescue dogs can come with their problems, and you should certainly take into account that they may be a little extra work, but the rewards of winning a badly treated dog’s trust know no bounds.
Lifestyle- ensuring you have the time to give your pet all they need
You must pick the right pet that fits your lifestyle. How often can you take it for a walk? Who will train it? How long will it be left alone? Will it be socialised around children? How often will it need grooming? These are some of the questions needed before purchasing your new canine. Not a decision to be taken lightly, but one that will bring you many years of happiness and companionship. Whichever dog you choose, remember that when your dog leaves its previous home, it will need plenty of care and attention to help to settle in at your home.