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Bardstown, KY 40004
10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Puppy
- Are there any size or weight restrictions on dogs within your condominium or community? Many won't allow dogs over 30-pounds.
- Do you keep your home very warm? Some dogs are bothered by warm room temperatures. A Poodle would be a better choice than a Shih Tzu in that case.
- How much dog can you lift? A Pug is a happy-go-lucky companion but may weigh 18-pounds, while a Poodle usually doesn't exceed 7-pounds, and a Teacup only weighs 4-pounds.
- 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. Beautiful coats are beautiful because they're groomed daily.
- How much exercise does the dog need? Any Terrier is a high-energy dog requiring outdoor exercise. On the other hand, a Teacup Poodle can get all the exercise they need inside an apartment.
- Is the breed's temperament a good match with you? Some people find Terriers challenging and would do better with the sweet-tempered Poodle.
- Are you prepared for the costs of dog ownership? The minimum estimate for Teacup Poodle ownership is $1.00 a day.
- Can you acquire pet insurance? Some companies offer group rates to their employees and retirees, or you can purchase it through the AKC.
- Would being a "foster" owner satisfy your need for canine companionship? Even if you don't want to take a dog into your home full-time, shelters always need people who can walk and play with the dogs or provide temporary housing.
- 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.