Before getting a Dog
Things to consider
"Am I suitable to be a dog owner?"
Before getting a dog, ask yourself the following questions. Press "Yes" or "No" as appropriate.
Kinds of dogs
“What kind of dog should I get?”
If you have decided to keep a dog, congratulations. People with dogs tend to be happier and healthier. If you are willing to invest time, effort, love and patience to build a close relationship with your dog, the reward is years of companionship, protection and unconditional love. But you may wonder, what kind of dog suits you the most, here are a few questions you need to ask when choosing the right dog for yourself.
What size of dog suits you the most?
Although it seems logical that a small breed dog is more suitable for people living in small flats, there are actually other factors you need to consider besides the size of the dog. You need to check whether the energy level, temperament and personality of the dog are compatible with your lifestyle in addition to its size. Some smaller breeds such as Terriers, are very energetic. They need lots of exercises and outdoor activities.
If you have kids or elderly people in your family, you should look for a gentle, steady and obedient dog.
Do you prefer a puppy or a mature dog?
Puppies might be cuter but they require a lot more time and attention than mature dogs. For example, puppies need to be fed three to four times a day but a mature dog only needs to be fed once to twice daily.
Also, puppies are much more energetic and active than a mature dog, young children and elderly people may not have the ability to manage a puppy’s exuberance. You will need to spend a great deal more time to train and take care of the puppy and will need to be extra patient to tolerate the puppy’s chewing phases.
Do you prefer purebred dogs or mongrels?
Some people prefer purebred dogs because they are attracted by the particular look or characteristics of a certain breed. Others prefer mongrels because they are unique and stronger physically due to their genetic diversity which makes them less prone to genetic health problems.
If you want to be more certain about the appearance and size of the dog, then a purebred dog might be more suitable for you. But the temperament and personality of the dog can differ on an individual basis. It is best to assess such parameters by interaction and observation.