Choosing to get a new family member is an exciting process for any family. Four-legged friends can add so much to our lives and can be the perfect addition to our family. Picking a breed that suits your lifestyle is imperative when selecting a furry friend.
Things to consider when choosing a dog breed include:
- The energy level of the breed (i.e. how active is the dog)
- The size of the dog when they are fully grown
- Health concerns that are common for the breed
- Grooming requirements (i.e. coat & how much the breed malts)
- Temperament of the breed
- Is the breed tolerant to the Australian climate?
- What 'group' does the dog belong to (i.e. toy, terrier, gundogs, hounds, working, utility & non-sporting)
- What was the dog bred to do? (herding, retrieving, guarding)
Some elements to consider regarding your family's lifestyle include:
- How often is there someone home?
- How active is your family?
- Is your family prepared to take the dog to obedience classes/training?
- Are there children in your family & how old are they?
- Do you want an inside or outside dog?
- Would a puppy or older dog best suit your family?
- Your financial situation, can your family afford to own a pet? (food, equipment, training, vet bills etc.)
- How big is your property & how much room will the dog have?
- Are there other pets already in the household?
- Do any family members have allergies to pets?
- Ensuring you choose an age & breed that is appropriate for your life-stage
Considering all of these components prior to getting a dog can help to ensure your pooch is a seamless fit for your family. After all, pets can be members of our family for 12+ years. Dogs contribute so much to our lives and having a pet that suits your family brings so many years of joy and companionship.