Before you get a dog, here are eight things you should know.

When selecting a dog for yourself or your family, there are several factors to consider. You want your new pet to be as close as possible to you and/or your family, as well as your overall needs. Please don't get a dog on a whim. With any luck, you'll pick a pet that will live with you for 8 to 15 years. You will both enjoy those years if you choose the right dog.

If you don't take the time to plan ahead of time now, you will most likely come to regret it later. This is one of the primary causes of today's overcrowding in shelters, and it's something that could easily be avoided. When looking for a dog, it's a good idea to look for a dog rescue group or a reputable breeder, rather than buying one from a pet store.

This is a difficult decision to make. The variety of dog breeds available is truly incredible. Did you know there are over 400 different breeds of dog? Dogs differ more than any other animal species in terms of personality. Dogs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, coats, and personalities.

It's up to you to find the ideal dog breed that complements both your personality and your way of life. So, in no particular order, here's a list of things to think about when deciding whether or not to get a dog in the first place.

1) What made you decide to get a dog in the first place? Do you want a dog as a companion, for protection, to participate in sports activities with, or for some other reason? Again, thorough research into the breeds is required. For example, if you want a dog to go duck hunting with you, a Corgi may not be the best breed for you.

2) Do you want a purebred dog or a dog that is a mix of breeds? Many animal shelters and dog rescue organizations, unfortunately, will have plenty of each. The main difference between purebreds and mixed breeds is that with purebreds, you'll have a much better idea of how big he'll be when he grows up, as well as what basic physical and behavioral characteristics he'll have.

3) Learn everything you can about the various dog breeds: if possible, attend local dog shows to see a variety of dog breeds in one place, speak with groomers, dog breeders, and your veterinarian. These dog experts can provide you with more information about various dog breeds, including the benefits and drawbacks of each, as well as assist you in deciding on a few dog breeds that you might be interested in.

4) Do you have prior dog ownership experience or will this be your first dog? There are many dog breeds that are not suitable for first-time dog owners. Knowing everything there is to know about the breed and what it was bred to do (its original job) is a big step toward understanding the dog and what you can expect from it.

5) What is your way of life? Are you a sedentary person or a very active person? Some dog breeds require a lot of mental and physical exercise on a daily basis. An Australian Shepherd will not get enough exercise from a half-hour walk given to a Basset Hound. Before purchasing a dog, it is critical to conduct extensive research on a variety of breeds.

6) Will you be able to properly house your new dog? Dogs are very social animals, and your new dog should be treated as if he or she were a member of your family. They do much better when they are treated as such. And the best place for your new dog to be is with you at home. You should also provide your dog with a secure fenced area to exercise in. Keeping your dog chained in the backyard is not only unsanitary, but also cruel. This raises a new problem...


7) How much time per day can you devote to your new dog? Can you truly dedicate yourself to the dog for the rest of its life? What if you need to relocate? Do you want to expand your family by having another child? Are you prepared to teach your children how to coexist peacefully with the dog if you have children? Please do not get a dog if you are unable to devote time to raising it, ensuring that it is well socialized and trained for the rest of its life.

8) Is it a puppy or an adult dog? Keep in mind that puppies require significantly more effort than adult dogs. You'll need to make time for puppy classes, training, socialization, and a variety of other activities. Keep in mind that these are infants. Housebreaking and teething are just a few of the things a small puppy, but not necessarily an adult dog, will have to go through. Learning and training are activities that last a lifetime. Your dog will not be trained after just one obedience class.