‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.’ Who remembers that? it came from the charity campaign in the 1970s aimed at discouraging people from buying a puppy on impulse and to consider the life changing impact owning a dog can have.
So before making the commitment here are a few things to keep in mind. Owning a dog is a responsibility that requires a commitment that could span for over 12 years. One of the major commitments is financial. A research done by the pet insurance arm of a well known supermarket indicates that the average cost of owning a dog is £1,183 per year and this figure excludes the initial purchase of the dog.
Have you the time to go to dog training classes and exercise a dog on a daily basis and groom when needed. Is your home suitable in size and type to accommodate a dog. Just like us dogs need companionship, will there be someone at home during the day and at night.
Once you have taken all of the above into consideration and are certain that you are ready, you will be rewarded with friendship and loyalty from a well cared for trained dog for life.
Some things to consider are, is the breed of dog suitable and have the right temperament for a family life and being around children if you have them? Does your chosen dog suit the size of your home, is your car suitable, some dogs love a muddy walk and need a ride home.
Consider the type of coat the dog has, how much does it molt, how much grooming will it need, does it have a strong smell, if so can you live with it!
So you have made the decision to own a dog, it is time to think about the type of dog you would like and research the breed to see if it is the right dog breed for you. Visit our breed pages and make a short list of type of dog that you think will suit you.