Bringing a dog into your home is a big responsibility. They take time and patience to train, exercise and look after. You’ll be spending the next 10 to 15 years living together, so you can’t afford to make a quick decision. Here are a few points to consider when you’re choosing your new best friend.
A dog to fit your life
Consider your personality and lifestyle. Are you a couch potato, a clean freak or work long hours? These factors can help decide which breed is best suited to you. For example, if you’re a couch potato, an active breed like a Kelpie may not be suitable. And if you spend long days in the office, you might want to consider a dog that doesn’t need a lot of human affection or exercise.
Consider your family and home
Having a small yard, a young family or a large property, can affect your choice. A Rottweiler, will not suit someone who lives in an apartment without outdoor space. Yet, if you have small children, a cattle dog that nips may be a poor decision.
Adult or puppy?
A ‘new dog’ usually refers to a puppy, however bringing an adult dog into your home could be the best option for you. A puppy takes time to train and will go through phases such as toilet training, chewing and barking. An adult dog will be toilet trained, tends to be past the chewing stage and you can see its behavioural tendencies before you decide to take it home.
Why do you want a dog?
The reason for getting a dog can vary for everyone. Some want company, others to teach their children responsibility or you may want a guard dog. These factors can alter your choice in breed. If you want a guard dog you may focus on large breeds that are easy to train such as German Shepherds.
Choosing the breed
Now it’s time to choose a breed. Remember, the cost of purchasing, feeding, vet bills and insurance for the dog also need to be considered. Don’t rule out a cross-breed dog as they often have an even-temperament, are affordable and tend to have less ailments.
So, do your research and make an educated decision. A dog is a friend for life, so choose wisely so you can both live happily together for a long time to come.
Karingal Veterinary Hospital
Finding the right dog for you can be tricky, so take your time to consider what breed will best suit your lifestyle. If you need expert advice for your fury friend, feel free to contact our friendly staff to make an appointment or book online today.
328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199
P: (03) 9789 3444
The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.
Our hours are
- 8am-8pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Temporarily closed on Sundays Due To Covid,
* We are closed on public holidays.