Adopting or buying a dog is a big responsibility and while no one could argue that raising a dog isn’t an incredibly rewarding and overwhelmingly positive experience, it would be equally foolish to pretend that it is not at times challenging. It is one of those things where you will get out of it as much as you are willing to put into it.

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The first major choice you have to make, once you have decided that you are equipped to handle the responsibilities of dog ownership, is which breed of dog to go for. There are a number of important factors to consider when selecting a breed. You will need to think about your own individual circumstances, as well as the requirement, which can vary greatly.

Before you commit to becoming a dog owner, you should do as much research as you can and think carefully about which dog breed is the best fit for you and your life.

Which Dog to Choose

There are a number of online resources which will help you in selecting the right breed of dog for you and it is worth consulting with these as a first step. There are countless books and magazines dedicated to dog ownership and these are also useful sources of information to consult. The more research you do, the better your understanding will be and the easier the decision will be to make.

There are now a large number of crossbreeds, dogs whose parents are different breeds, and these dogs often blend characteristics from both of their parents to produce something altogether unique.

Choosing an Adult Dog

For those who aren’t sure if they will be able to set aside the necessary time, and potentially money, to train a puppy from a very young age, an adult dog may be a more suitable choice. Whether you select an adult dog, or a pup, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

An adult dog will likely already have had some training and so will be able to respond to most basic commands. They will also have already grown out of the more destructive phase that all puppies go through, the phase where they try to chew and bite everything they can while teething.

Most adult dogs are rescue dogs, although some have been separated from their previous owners for other reasons. By choosing a rescue dog, you are able to give an old pet a new lease on life and this can be a very rewarding experience.

Taking on a Puppy

If you decide to opt instead for a younger dog, or even a puppy, then you will need to be prepared for what training them is like. You should do as much research as you can beforehand and make sure that you understand what a puppy’s first month is like. You should also be prepared for the inevitable teething phase, during which pups are likely to try and bite and chew whatever they can get their jaws around.

Taking on a new dog is a big responsibility, choosing the right breed for you will make everything that follows that much easier.

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