By Noelle Knutsen

Is the need to spice up life a little and add a new addition to the family sounding ideal? Look no further because a dog may be the perfect solution. As the saying “a dog is a man’s best friend” holds true, there needs to be an understanding of what goes into caring for a dog and the responsibility that comes with them. Let this blog serve as a guide to help obtain knowledge involving the external factors that come with purchasing a new furry friend to make sure it’s the right fit for you and your family.

#1: Can You Afford a Dog?

Although the idea of a dog sounds wonderful, the financial burden that comes with them if often forgotten. The average cost of owning a dog can range anywhere from $1,400-$4,300 per year! This includes the cost of food and treats but also the necessities/accessories. Things such as toys, beds, leashes, collars, grooming, veterinary care and medication all need to be taken into consideration.

#2: Do You Have Enough Time?

Time is an important factor when looking at what type of dog best fits your lifestyle. They require training, attention, exercise, love and caring on a daily basis. Different breeds of course require different care. High maintenance dogs such as Akitas, Australian Shepherd, Border Collies, and Siberian Huskies are in need of 24/7 attention, exercise and caring. Basset Hours, Boston Terrier, and Dachshund on the other hand are more low maintenance dog breeds. They can be left alone for a longer period of time and don’t need as much attention on the daily.

#3: Do You Have Space For a Dog?

While it’s a nice idea to want a dog that would make a new one bedroom studio apartment a big more cozy, a German Shepherd might not be ideal. Space is a big contributor to buying a dog. While living in an apartment or townhouse, there’s isn’t a whole lot of room to run around and no yard to play in. The best apartment dogs have been known to be Yorkshire terrier, Poodles, and French Bulldogs because of the lack of exercise they require. On the other hand, living in a house with an archer of land sounds perfect for a Huskey, Bloodhound, Australian Shepard or a Retriever. Don’t let a free spirit dog be trapped with limitations.

#4: What Kind of Dog Breed?

Believe it or not, every dog has its own personality. Some are built from the lifestyle they’ve lived and some are apart of the genetics from that breed. Being educated on the type of dog you want it crucial to a family. Getting an egressive high energy dog such as a Rottweiler, Dobermann or Chihuahua might not be ideal for a family with a newborn. A more affectionate person that loves cuddles and kisses would be best suited for Retrievers, Bichon Frise, Great Danes and even pugs.

Here is some more information regarding the types of personalities that can come with dog breeds!