Things to Consider When You Adopt A Dog
Are you thinking about adopting a dog for the first time? A puppy? An adult dog? A small dog? A big dog? There are so many things to consider when you want to adopt a dog, such as his/her breed, height, weight, age, gender. You also need to decide where you want to adopt a dog (i.e. from the animal shelter, from the pet store, or from a friend). Sidenote: Make sure you’re not allergic to dogs.
Choosing A Dog Breed
There are so many breeds to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any of them! :) They are all so lovable AND they will befriend you instantly. The most important thing is to go with your heart. Which one do you like the most? Which one do you see yourself taking care of?
Here are 50 popular dog breeds:
You can access the full list of dog breeds at this link.
Jack Russell Terrier
Standard American Eskimo Dog
American Water Spaniel
Bernese Mountain Dog
English Cocker Spaniel
Small vs. Large Dogs
When you choose to adopt a dog, you need to consider its height and weight. Are you able to take care of larger-sized dogs? Or do you feel more comfortable with a smaller-sized dog? Large dogs such as, Siberian Husky, Golden Retriever, or Greyhound are very heavy and tall (when they stand on their hind feet). Small dogs such as, Chihuahua, Toy Poodle, or Yorkshire Terrier are short and tend to weigh less than ten pounds.
You can do more research by visiting a pet store or veterinary clinic to interview a dog professional.
The Dog’s Age
The younger the dog is, the more energetic it will be. Dogs are just like human beings in that elementary kids have more energy than grown adults do. You will need to decide if you want a puppy or an adult dog.
If you choose to adopt a dog from the animal shelter, he/she might be an adult dog (more than a year old). Keep in mind that these dogs could have entered the animal shelter in a physically and psychologically fragile state. The volunteers at the animal shelter will help these dogs rejuvenate. There is also a possibility that the dogs came from loving homes, but the owner might not have been able to take care of them anymore. Regardless, you will need to take care of it so it can feel more lively and comfortable.
If you choose to adopt a dog from the pet store, he/she will most likely be a puppy (less than a year old). These little munchkins will have lots and lots of energy. Take care of it so that it will grow into a healthy adult dog.
Standard American Eskimo Dog
The Dog’s Gender
Are you thinking about adopting a boy dog or a girl dog? You can’t go wrong with either one. It's your choice after all.
Keep in mind that male dogs tend to mark their territories wherever they go. They will have a couple ‘accidents’ at home.... but cleaning up accidents come with owning a dog. Female dogs will have accidents as well .... they’re just like female humans in that they have their occasional menstrual cycle (but not as frequently).
It’s up to you to train your dog the best you can. You can train them to go potty outside in the yard or on a newspaper inside your home. It all depends on the owner. Some people prefer to have ‘indoor’ dogs and others prefer to have ‘outdoor’ dogs.