Buying a dog is more like adopting a young child, then a guinea pig or rabbit. A dog will demand involvement and react to everyday situations right along side of you..
* If you’re planning to add a purebred dog to your family it’s important that you consider a suitable breed. Think about what you and your family want and know what the breed was bred to do. There are many breeds registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), subdivided into seven groups: Sporting, Terrier, Hound, Working, Herding, Non-Sporting and Toy. Each group shares common characteristics: when choosing a breed go beyond what they look like and discover their passions and their adaptability to your lifestyle.
* Have children? Your breed should be relaxed with changes and have a low threshold to excitement. Protective breeds or instinctive reactionary breeds do better in households that have less chaos and fewer comings and goings.
* Love to exercise or Prefer to chill? There are breeds that thrive on activity and others for whom a short outing will satisfy their exercise requirements. Find a dog’s whose energy level matches your own. Sure that muscular Vizsla looks beautiful, but if you’re not able to obligate to daily outings the beauty may wear thin.
* Where are you now, where will you be in five years? When considering a breed consider where you will be in five to ten years. If you’re planning a family or a move remember your dog will need to adapt to these changes too.
For other helpful tips on choosing a breed you can refer to Sarah Hodgson’s book Puppies for Dummies.