There are several reasons why an owner gives up a dog and one of the reasons is because owners do not have enough time for their dogs. To avoid giving up your dog later, it is a good idea to do some research on what type of dog breed that will suit your lifestyle.
It is very important that you choose a dog that will suit your personality and lifestyle. This is because every dog has a different personality and some may not be right for you.
Here is just a few breeds of dogs:
Questions to ask before you adopt a dog:
- Do you have time to look after a dog?
- Are you an active person? – you want to make sure you energy level and the dog matches.
- Are you prepared to be responsible for a dog? – A dog lives up to 15-20 years
- Are you financially ready to afford a dog?
- Are you partner/family ready to add a new member to the family ?
- How big is your space available to raise a dog? – Apartment? a house with back and front yard?
- what dog size do you want? – Toy, Small, Medium, Large, Giant ? (consider your space that will raise a dog)
- do you want your dog to be indoor or outdoor ?
- Are prepared to for basic training and behaviour issues?
- Do you want a pure breed or mix breed?
- should you get a puppy or an adult dog?
- How much grooming are you willing to do ?
- where are local shelters near your area ?
A sample Dog profile:
Adapt to apartment: High
Colour: Brindle and white, black with white markings and reddish black with white markings
Coat length: Short Smooth
Age expectancy: up to 13 years
weight: Lightweight is under 6.8kgs, Middleweight is over 6.8kgs and under 9.1kgs and Heavyweight is between 9.1-11.5kgs.
Height range: 38-43cms at the withers
Suitability for children: High
Tendency to bark: Medium
Overall exercise requirement: Low
suitability as a guard dog: High
level of aggression: Low
Other animal compatibility: Medium
Grooming requirements: Once a week
Trimming required: None
Amount of hair shed: Little
Tips for choosing the right breed for you:
- Research about the dog you want to adopt
- Research the cost and commitment involve in raising a dog
- Visit a shelter
- Choosing a dog is a long-term commitment, Take your time, don’t rush.
Here are links to websites that gives information about different dog breeds: