Written by Kevin Sloan of Find The Best:
Rescue With Care: How to Choose the Right Dog Breed
When it comes to finding a new dog — aside from picking the one with the cutest pug-nose, the floppiest ears or the nicest coat — consider a few of the factors below before taking one home.
Research ‘Breeds’ Success
Before visiting the local animal shelter, make sure to do your homework (no, the dog eating it is not an excuse). Here are some things to think about when comparing different dog breeds:
1) Do you live in an apartment or a house with a small backyard? If so, don’t get a dog that requires a lot of space to run around and play.
2) Can you handle hair…everywhere? Some dogs shed more than others; don’t get a golden retriever if you don’t want to clean up hair all the time.
3) Do you have other pets or children? If so, make sure to get a breed that plays nice with both.
Diamond in the ‘Ruff’
Start at your local pound or animal shelter on your quest for a new dog. Shelter owners say these dogs make great pets because they are so grateful for some much needed TLC.
If your local shelter doesn’t have the breed you’re looking for, don’t be discouraged. Many animal rescue agencies specialize in particular dog breeds; a quick Google search should return specialized rescue shelters.
Caring for Your Pooch
In addition to upfront costs, long-term expenses to contemplate are:
1) Dog Food: Large bags might be cost-effective, but some breeds require specialized food, which might be more expensive. *
2) Pet insurance: Some breeds are more likely than others to have health problems as they grow older. Vet bills can be extremely expensive, so insurance is worthwhile depending on the breed and age of your potential dog.
Millions of dogs are euthanized every year because of over population in shelters. Help save a shelter and an animal by rescuing the next time you get a pet.