Here are some other things to consider when adopting a dog. We all want to make the right decisions, so think a little more before adopting a specific dog.
Where do you live?- Thinking about where you live is crucial in getting a dog. When looking at breeds think about the specific climate to where you live, and think about how the dog will cope with the weather. An example would be that if you live in a very hot place such as a desert, getting a dog that has low heat tolerance (Such as all bulldogs and pugs) is a very bad idea. If you live in a snowy area, getting a dog with a thin coat is also a bad idea. Think about how the dog will cope with your living area.
Change- change doesn’t just effect humans, but can also greatly effect a dog. Consider if you are willing to put a dog through the changes that may lie ahead of you, such as if you are going to college. What will you do with your dog? Will it go with you to a tiny apartment? Will it live with your parents? Really consider what you have potentially ahead of you for the next 15 years and see what your dog will have to go through with or without you.
Health- Health problems are another thing that takes some serious research. If you want a steady dog, check out the potential problems with the breeds of your choice and consider if you would be willing to go through these with your dog. Also, look for ways to prevent these issues and see if you can afford to commit to your dogs health.
Money- You may not think so at first, but dogs are a serious investment. When it comes to all their shots, checkups, toys, food, beds, cages, etc, the amount you pay for a dog is WAY above what most owners originally think of. Think of your dog as another child. A lot of time and money goes into raising it, so really consider what the breeds you find need for their well being.
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