Which dog is right for me?
There is no doubt about it dogs make wonderful pets. The important thing to figure out is which dog is right for you. There are hundreds of breeds of dogs, from miniature to giant breed dogs you need to ensure you choose the right dog for your lifestyle and living situation.
Small dogs, medium dogs, large or giant dogs- which do you choose? When choosing your dog think about what size he/she will become when they are fully grown dogs. The size of a dog also dictates the amount of space they need when sleeping, and the amount of food they need. The amount of dog food needed varies greatly by the size and breed of the dog. Remember puppies don’t stay puppies forever, and will grow into bigger pets once they are fully grown.
All dogs need a certain level of activity, some need more than others. For instance a Maltese needs a lot less exercise than a Springer Spaniel. Requirements for exercise and play will be determined by the dog's breed, age, size and overall health. Bored or un-stimulated dogs will become agitated and you can expect them to act out their frustration with bad behaviour. Insufficient exercise can also lead to health problems for dogs, so remember to consider the amount of spare time you have to spend exercising and playing with your dog.
Write down the amount of time you have to spend with your dog each day, and figure out realistically how much exercise he/she will get? Then let this be your guide for choosing the right dog breed for you.