Are you contemplating getting a dog as a pet? Before you adopt a new dog into your home, here are a few things to keep in mind.

If you’re looking for him, where can you find him? The animal shelter is where I’d recommend you go. Their temperament and socialization with other animals (including cats), as well as with humans, have been checked by shelter staff. Their vaccinations are up to date and they have been neutered or spayed. They are in desperate need of a loving and caring someone to give them a home. In addition to mixed breed dogs, many animal shelters feature purebred dogs.

What kind of dog are you looking for? A pedigree isn’t necessary unless you plan to breed or exhibit your dog, and it’s a lot of money. However, if you are looking for a specific dog trait, such as a golden retriever’s calm, kind demeanor, a purebred might be the best option. But a golden retriever mix could be a good option for you, as well.

Many purebred dogs, particularly pedigreed dogs, have health difficulties that can be traced back to generations of inbreeding. On the other hand, mixed-breed dogs frequently have the best characteristics of both parents, even though they may have certain health issues due to the fact that their genetic mix has some new blood. In general, they appear to be sturdier animals.

Also, think about the type of personality you want your dog to have. Do you want an active, playful dog that needs a lot of exercise, and performs better outdoors than in; or do you want a cuddly doggie, who prefers best to be about his people, and who is happy with the kids climbing all over him? Educate yourself online if you don’t know which canines or breeds are known for certain temperaments. Even if you don’t plan on breeding, the staff at the shelter may provide you with information on the temperaments of various breeds.

Do you have the financial resources to care for your dog? That is, do you have the space to give him sufficient exercise and room to run; and do you have the resources to take care of him? According to breed and temperament, you would not keep a hound shut in an apartment for 8 hours a day, for example. Doing so could result in your apartment being trashed from top to bottom when you return home. You also wouldn’t keep a herding border collie pent up in your apartment during the day, only letting it out at night when you get home, and then locking it back up when you go to bed. Injustice has been committed here. Make sure your dog has adequate space to run and play. There are many factors to consider when choosing a dog’s temperament, including its breed or combination of breeds.

Keep in mind that dogs age. There is a good chance that health problems will begin to develop after eight years, and they can be quite expensive to treat. Vaccinations, checkups, and routine care are all part of pet ownership, and will continue throughout the life of your pet. Be aware that this will be an ongoing expense for the rest of his life, along with the cost of food.

As a last point, examine the breed and temperament; the facility where you will get him; the cost of caring for him; and the amount of space he will need in your home to run and play. You’ll have a great and devoted new member of our family if all of these things work out perfectly.