Often a person’s favorite breed may not be what’s suitable for their lifestyle, and living conditions.
From Beagles to Bassett’s, Terriers to Toys and Poodles to Puggles, prospective pet buyers are faced with the bewildering choice of hundreds of pure breed canines and a myriad of mixes.
Today pet lovers can even choose from a gallery of “Designer Dogs” or have their favorite pet cloned.
Whether adopting or buying a pet, figuring out how to make all the right choices is tough especially if kids are concerned so let’s make it a little easier.
Best Family Pet Profile: Consider these factors, or even make a list
Family Members &Ages
Initial Pet Choice family is interested in: Dog
Other pets in the home: dogs, cats, ages, sexes
Urban or Suburban
Home dwelling description
Yard: if any
Lifestyle: active, medium, sedate
Amount of time spent at home: rarely home, moderate amount, home a lot
Will your pet live inside or out?
Grooming: is that a chore you mind, don’t mind
What temperament suits you best: calm & low key, spirited & lively?
Is this pet going to be a watch dog?
Can you exercise with this pet: never, a little, an average amount, a lot?
Will you travel with this pet?
Will this pet be a working dog (for handicapped & special needs people) & if so what in particular is wanted (i.e.Hearing, Seeing Eye, Companion, Seizure Detection, etc.)
Before you adopt or buy a pet do your homework, be responsible and don’t buy on impulse.
Be honest with yourself about the amount of time and work you are willing to put into a pet: for moms with kids: you are essentially adding another child to your family,who will be with you for the next 10 to 15 years.
Don’t expect your children to take care of your pet. Read books, volunteer at a shelter and go to dog and cat shows to familiarize yourself with your options and responsibilities. Consider fostering a pet if you decide ownership is not right for you.
Next profile your family: The 3 most important considerations are personality, lifestyle and your home and environment.