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Choosing The Right Family Dog

Aug 17, 2007
Thinking about getting a dog for your family? This can be a difficult decision. There are several factors to take into consideration, and different types of dogs may be appropriate for different families. First example, if your household includes children, you may want a different breed of dog than if your family includes only adults. This article contains a few tips that can help you get started.

Whether you purchase your dog from a pet store or choose to adopt him or her from an animal shelter, you will most likely be able to choose among several different breeds, gender, and maybe even the age of the dog. No matter where you decide to look, there are a few factors you should consider.

The first is that you are acquiring a family pet, not just a companion. This means that the dog you choose will need to get along with the entire family. That is why you should choose a breed that is suitable for people of all ages and with different personalities. If you do not have children, but are considering starting a family, you will want to make sure the breed you choose will work well with little ones, especially babies.

While some bigger dogs are okay around children, some are thought to become more violent more easily, so probably would not be the right type of dog to be around small children. If your dog tends to be ill-tempered, you might need to consider this before having children, or be willing to find the dog a new home when the children arrive. Also, some breeds of dog tend to be a bit nervous around children, so this is something you will definitely want to consider if you already have children and are thinking about getting a dog.

Space can also prove to be an issue. For example, if you do not have much of a back yard, or do not have a yard at all, you would not want to get a dog that would stay outside most of the time. There are several reasons for this, the first of which is that dog would not have a lot of room to run and play. This is just as essential for dogs as it is for humans, as good exercise promotes a healthy lifestyle and for dogs, can help to promote good behavior. Think about the size of your home before actually choosing a dog. If the dog will have ample room to run around and be comfortable, and is well-tempered, it will most likely be a good choice for a family dog.
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