Choosing the right Dog to suit your Lifestyle (Part 2)
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Carrying on from the questions I put forward to you in the last Blog, here are some further thoughts.
If you live in a small house with limited space both inside and out, it may be more practical to get a smaller, quieter type of dog.
The Top 10 smaller breeds at the moment include Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Poodles, Dachshunds ,Shih Tsus, Miniature Shnauzers, Chihauhas, French Bulldogs or Shetland Sheepdogs. Do any of these breeds appeal to you?
However, if you have more space inside and outside of your home, then your choices are a lot wider. ( I will cover these breeds in another blog)
The next step to consider is your age and health. Plus perhaps your family’s dynamics ,such as having very young children or teenage children.
Some breeds are very active and remain so for most of their life. These breeds tend to be working breeds such as Collies, Retrievers and Spaniels. Although, as a rule , most dogs need more exercise when they are young.
Consider the training of your dog. There should always be one family member prepared to go to puppy socialisation classes and to uphold the training learnt there within the home environment.
Unfortunately, finances must be a consideration when choosing the right dog for you.
As previously mentioned , dogs live on average between 10 to 20 years. The cost of a rescue dog is less, however, often its medical background isn’t known!
The obvious costs such as initial outlay (£100 to £1000) Food, Pet insurance, Bed Lead etc are often considered . However, unknown expense, such as Vet Bills and holiday/daycare often come as a shock.
Next week I will be covering the advantages of owning a dog,and why I feel dogs have such a positive effect on everyone’s life.