Many families love the idea of choosing a new dog for their family. After all, dogs are man’s best friend! What many families don’t ask themselves is, does the puppy match our needs? Do we have the time needed to care for this specific breed? These are all important questions to ask yourself when considering adding a new companion to your family dynamic.
Dogs require a lot of attention from walks several times a week to vet visits to training and more. On top of that most dogs have a life span of 10-15 years dependent on the breed. That means you need to be able to commit to a dog for a decade or more. Believe me, my shih tzu is 11 years old and has plenty of life in her yet. She has moved with me from North Carolina to Hawaii and now Arizona. Was it cheap? Definitely not. Was it worth it? Absolutely, she is a part of our family.
You might be thinking she’s 11 years, there’s no way she’s still spunky however you would be surprised. Many people believe that dogs lose all of their spunk as they get older. Yes, they do lose some of it but not all of it. Have you ever had an Australian Shepherd? Ours had more energy than you could imagine, seriously. I’m pretty sure he could have out run our kiddos in energy all day, every day for the rest of his life.
Your Perfect Puppy Match
Now that you have an idea of the commitment you need to add to your family, here is a fun little infographic for you. Its almost like a quiz that asks you different questions about your home life. Once you reach the bottom you will be given suggestions on your perfect puppy match. Once you have some ideas, thoroughly research each breed and interact with them before making a final decision.
My result suggested a shih tzu so I think it did a great job at choosing a breed that fits our family!