Choosing a pet

choosing the proper pet for you

What is the perfect match for you?

You wouldn't choose sole mate just because of the way he or she looks and other such skin deep criteria now would you?

When you select your pet for these reasons alone, the results can be just as disastrous as choosing a bride or groom based on those same reasons.

Deciding on what breed of cat or dog to get is a very serious decision to assure you will get the most out of this new wonderful long term adventure

Do you want a small dog or a large dog?

Small Dogs

Smaller breeds of dogs generally live longer and age more slowly.

Small and medium-sized dogs can live up to 17 years or longer, depending on individual health and living conditions.

Small and medium dogs cost less to feed. They eat less so there is less to pick up after them. They are not as hard on your wallet for maintenance as bigger dogs.

Keep in mind that as to all dogs of various sizes, spare cash has to be in place for uncalled situations like injuries or illness.

Certain breeds of small dogs like Pug, Pekingese, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Boston Terrier tend to be prone to eyeball prolapse (eyeballs popping out of their sockets).

Small dogs are idea pets for those living in apartments or small houses.

Smaller dogs are easy to lift and transport which is good if you do not have a car.

And in case of an emergency, most public transportation can easily accommodate them. They are easier to manage at the veterinarian clinics (especially if the facilities are limited and space constraint). Plus grooming small dogs is easier.

A toy breed dog can get its daily exercise by moving about in an apartment or gentle walking on treadmill. True, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be taken out for a fresh breath of air once in awhile. Being cooped up all day is very bad for a dog’s mental health.

Big Dogs

Big dogs, especially very large ones like Great Danes may live only up to 10 years. Medium to big-sized dogs may live up to 15 years or longer, depending on individual health and living conditions.

Some big dogs are more prone to certain disorders such as hip dysplasia (due to their weights) and heart failure.

It is cruel and unhealthy to keep a big dog in a two bedroom apartment even if he gets to roam in every corner of the house.

Bigger dogs require owners to have a bigger car if they are to be taken to the veterinarian clinics, dog grooming parlors, or camping activities.

It also requires much strength lifting up big dogs, and managing them can be more difficult.

But big dogs give you more to hug as compare to small dogs!

A big dog must be taken out for exercises every day, at a minimum twice.

Unless you’ve a large enclosed plot of land for him to walk about, maybe you can do away with one slow jog a day.

This can be trying during poor weather or when you are too exhausted from work, at least you and your dog get some bonding time daily.

Big dogs can go through surprising quantities of food.

Even more so for those dogs who lead active and healthy lifestyle.

So be prepared to have bottomless pockets.

Here are a few points you need to examine to determine which type of dog is the right pet for you

What do you want from your new friend

A companion, a jogging partner, a watchdog, a playmate for the kids, a lapdog to cuddle

How much time do you have for a dog

A long hair dog usually means more grooming, probably more hair lying around on the furniture and your clothes.

Do you have the patience and the time for a high maintenance dog?

What is your lifestyle

Are you an active outdoorsy type or do you prefer staying home with a good book or watching a good movie in your comfortable chair cuddling your dog.

Do you have children

You need a dog that will enjoy playing with the kids, perhaps you and your family go on camping trips.

Most dogs, large or small, are great with children when they grow up as puppies with them.

However any child who is excessively rough or unintentionally teases a dog risks being bitten. If your dog is being poked in the eyes, having his ears pulled and being smothered then his natural instinct is to defend himself. The dog will generally give a few warning nips and growls and if it continues he may bite.

Although some breeds of dogs are more patient with children. If you have very young children and decide to bring a dog into yor home, it is your responsibility to supervise your children around the dog and teach them to respect and be gentle with him. Then the chances of your child being bitten are virtually none. Will a short, medium or long hair dog breeds suit you best

If you don't like the idea of having hair all over your couch and worse on your clothes; if you hate the idea of spending time to brush your long hair dog daily so his coat doesn't become tangled and matted and if your busy lifestyle does not allow you to spend on a high maintenance dog than perhaps a short hair dog is better suited for you.

There are all sorts of hair choices, short haired smooth coat, wired haired, medium and curly haired dogs that will be better suited to your busy lifestyle.

You may prefer a lapdog to groom and primp

Do you have allergies - Hypoallergenic small dogs

As curious as it may be common allergies are caused by dog dander (dead skin flakes). The microscopic dander floats through the air and when inhaled or when it lands in the eyes it triggers the allergic reaction.

All dogs produce dander. So there is no such thing as dog, big or small, that doesn't produce it and is therefore totally safe for allergy-sufferers. However, because small dogs have less skin, they produce less dander. It is also thought that breeds who are low hair shedders also shed less dander.

The worst thing you can do is act on impulse - so before you decide

You need to study the breeds

There are hundreds of breeds to choose from

Read books and magazine articles about breeds

Look at many sites on the internet

Look at videos on dogs and cats

It is suggested to visit at least 3 kennels

Talk to the breeders and ask plenty of questions

Decide if you want a male or a female

Males tend to be larger and more dominant and sometimes have the tendency to wander.

Females are usually smaller and more docile and some breeders will tell you they tend to be more attentive to there owners.