Choosing the ideal best friend should not be a quick, mindless process. You are likely going to live with your canine for 10 to 13 years, give or take. Anybody who has decided to take the first step toward dog owners must consider a slew of factors before heading to the rescue shelter, humane society or pet store.
It is an undeniable fact: some dogs shed more than others. It is also undeniable that some people’s allergies are more susceptible to dog fur. If you have known allergies, consulting a list of dog breeds and their allergenic qualities is the first step in identifying your personal Fido.
Dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The same can be said for homesteads. The size of your home or apartment and accompanying exercise spaces are pivotal considerations when it comes to determining the size of your ideal dog.
If you find yourself at a stage of life where a one-bedroom apartment with paper-thin walls is the only option, a Great Dane would be an irresponsible choice. The dog’s misery in such a tight space would be rivaled only by your downstairs neighbor’s torment.
Contrarily, a vast expanse of greenery in the backyard of your home affords a level of freedom to, say, choose a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd as the family’s furry companion.