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So you are looking

for a new dog,

please read this first.


10 Things to Consider before getting a Dog
Author: Louise Louis

1. Are there any size or weight restrictions on dogs
within your condominium or community? Many won't allow
dogs over 30-pounds.

2. Do you keep your home very warm? Some dogs are

bothered by warm room temperatures. A Chihuahua

would be a better choice
than Shih Tzu in that case.

3. How much dog can you lift? A Pug is a happy-go-lucky companion but may weigh 18-pounds while a Yorkshire Terrier usually doesn't exceed 7-pounds.

4. How much grooming can you do? If arthritis is a problem, avoid longhaired breeds such as Pekingese or Maltese and look at short, smooth-haired dogs such as Toy Manchester Terrier. Beautiful coats
are beautiful because they're groomed daily.

5. How much exercise does the dog need? Any Terrier

is a high-energy dog requiring outdoor exercise. On the other hand, an English Toy Spaniel or Japanese Chin can get all the exercise they need inside an apartment.

6. Is the breed's temperament a good match with you? Some
people find Toy Poodles too challenging and would do better  with the sweet-tempered Papillon.

7. Are you prepared for the costs of dog ownership? The bare minimum estimate for dog ownership is $1 a day.

8. Can you acquire pet insurance? Many companies offer group rates to their employees and retirees.

9. Would being a "foster" owner satisfy your need for canine companionship? Even if you don't want to

take a dog into your home, shelters always need
people who can walk and play
with the dogs or provide temporary housing.

10. Finally, have you considered what happens to

your dog if  you can't care for him? Toy breeds
often live 15-years or longer. Be sure to include instructions in your will on how your pet
should be placed.

With a little forethought and planning, you can

select the right breed
of dog for your lifestyle and enjoy many happy years together.

Former dog breed and all-round dog person, Louise Louis now  operates a website,  dedicated to
helping people select the best small dog breed for their lifestyle.

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