Top 5 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Dog TrioTop 5 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Adopting a dog is a major commitment.  Here are a few things to know and consider before bringing that little bundle of destructive energy into your life.

  1. What is the Life expectancy of the breed? You are adopting this dog into your family for their entire life.  If a 12 or more year commitment scares you, get a goldfish.

In general, mixed breeds (mutts) have fewer health issues and live longer than pure breed dogs.

Speaking of health issues, read up on possible risk factors or any specific illnesses associated with the breed.   This may be your deciding factor for Pet Insurance or not.

  1. Understand your dog breed activity level and need for attention. There is not a one size fits all exercise and attention plan for dogs.  Research the breed and ask specific questions about the dog before adoption so you fully understand the commitment that you are making.

Are you getting a working dog?  Make sure you provide a job for these breeds, or they will start their own career path that you may not like. Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog”