Miniature Cocker Spaniel – Is This Dog Right For Me?
The following are some of the questions that most people have when they think about buying a dog:
What kind of dog do I want?
(i.e. A Lab, A Pembroke Welsh Corgi, An American Shorthair etc.) 2)
How much does it cost? 3) Will my child like it? 4) Do I need to train it first? 5) Will it bark at other dogs or children? 6) Will it be house trained? 7) Can I take it with me on vacation? 8) What if someone else already owns a similar breed?
As you may have noticed, there are many factors that go into choosing a pet. Some of these factors include size, personality, behavior issues, health concerns and so forth. These are all valid considerations to consider before making your decision. However, what really matters is whether or not the pet will fit into your lifestyle. If you’re looking for a dog that’s going to sleep in the backyard all day and eat garbage, then perhaps you shouldn’t buy one. On the other hand, if you love spending time outdoors with your pet and would enjoy having a companion for life, then maybe you should consider getting one of those “bigger” breeds.
However, don’t just jump to conclusions based on looks alone! While you may not have the time to train a dog, you can still look into smaller breed dogs that have similar characteristics of their larger relatives. For instance, small retrievers are great for those who like to throw things as they love to fetch. If you’d prefer something smaller, small terriers tend to be very loyal and excitable.
If you’re looking for something calmer, a poodle or bulldog might be more your speed.
What matters most is that you find a pet that you can connect with. If you do, then you’ll have a friend for life!
Of course, the choice of breed may be determined by your location and purpose. For example, herding dogs would probably not be ideal in apartments while a cat might not be the best choice if you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or biking. If you don’t have a lot of space, then look into getting a pet that doesn’t need a lot of room.
Moreover, do you have any children?
If so, then you’ll want to consider their ages and whether or not they can take care of a pet for the responsibility will be shared among everyone. Of course, your final decision should take everyone in the household into consideration. The last thing you want is for everyone to be angry with each other due to a new family member!
Of course, there’s always the option of getting an exotic pet. While these can be interesting and fun, they are more work and require more effort to take care of due to their needs not being compatible to a domestic life (i.e. larger cages, special foods etc.
as they can’t just go outside). Be sure you have the time and dedication to care for one before choosing this option.
If you have any other questions about pets in general, I’d be more than happy to answer them as I love animals!
Good luck on your search and please remember to spay or neuter your pets!
What kind of dog do I want?
(i.e. big, small, mean looking, cute, etc.)
How much time can I spend with it each day?
Where will the dog be kept when I’m not around?
(i.e. yard, house, garage, kennel)
Do I have family/friends who can watch the dog when I can’t?
Can I afford to feed and care for the type of dog I want?
Do I have the means to properly train and care for the dog’s needs?
Have I considered ALL of the costs involved in owning a dog?
(vet bills, food, toys, etc.)
Do I have access to vets and good dog supplies where I live?
9) Do I have enough room in my home (and heart!) for a dog?
Is this the right time (in life) to get a dog?
Once you’ve asked yourself these questions and considered all the information, then you’ll be ready to take the next step in getting a dog.
Good luck with your new four-legged family member!
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Longevit of British breeds of dog and its relationships with-sex, size, cardiovascular variables and disease by AR Michell – Veterinary Record, 1999 – veterinaryrecord.bmj.com
Proportion of litters of purebred dogs born by caesarean section by KM Evans, VJ Adams – Journal of Small Animal Practice, 2010 – Wiley Online Library
A refinement and validation of the Monash Canine Personality Questionnaire (MCPQ) by American Kennel Club – 2006 – Random House Digital, Inc.
Demographic and aggressive characteristics of dogs in a general veterinary caseload by JM Ley, PC Bennett, GJ Coleman – Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2009 – Elsevier