Which Type of Dog Is Best for My Home?

When you make the decision to get your first dog, you should take a few things into consideration when choosing your new pet. To make sure your dog will be comfortable in your household, you will need to think about your lifestyle and daily habits. One of the most frequently asked questions we hear at 5 Points Animal Hospital has to do with the most important factors to consider when deciding on the best type of dog to become a member of the family. Over the past decade, we have provided comprehensive veterinary services to the community of East Nashville, and we love helping our neighbors find the perfect dog. We would like to share with you some qualities to think about when choosing a new pet.

Choosing the best type of dog for your home

Large or Small?

The size of dog that will be perfect for your home typically depends on whether you live in a small city apartment or a house with a backyard. If you absolutely have your heart set on a Golden Retriever but live in a one-bedroom condo, you can make adjustments but it would take extra work. If you have children, you may want to consider a medium-sized dog so neither the dog nor the children will get injured when they play.

High or Low Energy?

All dogs need daily routine exercise, but if you cannot go on one or two walks every day, The Spruce Pets recommends that you choose a Basset Hound or other lower energy breed of dog. If you are on the other end of the spectrum and want a dog who can be your running buddy, active breeds like Border Collies may be the right choice for you.

Puppy or Adult?

While deciding to bring a new dog home is a major commitment, choosing a puppy will involve taking on even more responsibilities. Make sure that you have the time and patience to successfully house-train your new pet, and realize that there could be many accidents to clean up in the house for the first six months. You will also need to be dedicated in training them on properly behavior, inside and outside your home. Adult dogs typically have been trained and housebroken, but you should keep in mind that they will need a brief period of adjustment to living in a new home.

Choosing your dog is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. For more information about finding the perfect pet for your home, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. We are here to help you with every step of this exciting and life-changing experience.

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