Bringing a puppy into your home should never be an act of impulse! You must be sure that you can give enough of your time to provide a puppy with:-
- Regular exercise.
You also need to consider the costs of keeping a puppy well fed and fully protected from disease.
Once you have satisfied yourself that you are prepared to meet the challenges that a puppy will bring into your life, the next question is which dog?
Selecting the breed that best suits your situation is important. Here are a few factors you should consider:-
- How big will the dog grow? And how much will he eat?
- Some breeds are naturally more inclined to bark than others. Some breeds are more sensitive to noise. If a high intelligent dog (e.g. collie) does not get the mental stimulation as well as the physical stimulation this will lead to problems!
- How much exercise does the dog require? Working breeds, bred to herd sheep, need serious workouts.
- Terriers are naturally bossy and tenacious. Spaniels, Labs and Retrievers normally have friendly, affectionate natures.
- How much time (or money) will you need to devote to grooming?