From the very first day that we decide to get a new puppy or dog for our family, we have a very important choice to make. What kind of dog do we want? There are so many sizes and breeds to chose from, it can become a super tough decision to make.
How to chose a dog breed really does depend on many things surrounding the lifestyle we lead. How will that new dog fit into our daily routine. If we don’t consider this before purchasing a dog, we may get a dog that just doesn’t suit us.
Nobody wants to get a dog and then realize they picked the wrong dog breed or size. Are we active and outdoorsy? Do we tend to have a slower lifestyle?
Everyone on the same page
When my family and I first decided that we wanted to get a dog, we sat down together to see what each other’s opinion was on what kind of dog we should get.
Once both of us had our say about what we wanted, we realized that we were not on the same page. We did not at all agree on what we wanted. I always had a dream of owning a chocolate lab. My partner however had never had a dog before, so she wanted to get a small dog to start with.
We took our time going back and forth for a while. It was really important for us to make sure that we could come together to agree on the same breed of dog we wanted. Just because you think you want certain kind of dog, you may realize once you go through all the pro’s and con’s of each that one fits better than the other.
In our case, I decided to put my dream on the back burner for now and agreed with my partner on getting a small dog first. Hoping that down the road, I could get the big dog I wanted. Generally with this decision someone will always end up compromising for the greater good of the family.
Purebred or not?
Now that we have decided together, that for us getting a smaller size dog was a better decision. The next step for us was to have a conversation about whether we wanted to get a purebred dog from a breeder or a mixed breed from elsewhere.
There is no right or wrong choice at this point. Your families decision is your own. There are so many dogs out there looking for a good home, that at the end of the day you are giving one dog a new home and that is the most important thing.
Making the decision to get a purebred dog, you may have to budget much higher, as purebreds from breeders can cost quite a bit more money. The other thing about purebreds is to make sure that you do your homework on each breed before you decide to buy one. You want to make sure to go over all the health issues that maybe related to that specific breed.
We decide that for us, we didn’t want a purebred dog. It just made sense for us to find a mix breed dog that didn’t shed. Once we realized that was our #1 prerequisite, we started narrowing down the search. The type of dog we decided on was a Cockapoo.
The choice for us kind of boiled down to that fact that, growing up I had a purebred Cocker Spaniel named Buffy. who, I absolutely loved. Unfortunately that breed does shed allot, so we decided on a Cockapoo. Getting the ‘POO’ part of Cockapoo meant that the poodle part of the mix would ensure that our new dog wouldn’t shed, so it was the perfect choice.
Do I want a puppy or an older dog?
Now that we decided on getting a Cockapoo, we needed to decide if we wanted a puppy or an older dog.
For us it was important to get a puppy. The reason we wanted a puppy was that we already had 2 cats at home. Sometimes bringing in an older dog to a situation with other dogs or cats, may make it harder to have them all co-exist together in the same house.
If we didn’t already have 2 cats, we may have decided on an older dog. There are so many wonderful older dogs out there just waiting for someone to rescue them, that any decision you make, is the right decision for you.
Where do I buy my new dog from?
When it comes to actually getting the dog, the next question is, where do I get my new dog from?
In Saskatoon, where I live, there are many choices of where to get your dog from.
There are classified ad on Kijiji, SPCA in your area, private dog rescue places, licensed breeds and many more choices.
Depending on where you decide to get your new dog from, you may find that some choices come with different options. What I mean by that is, if you say for example you get your dog from the SPCA in your area that dog may come already fixed and with all its shots.
Getting your dog from a breeder as a puppy, that dog may only have had a few of the shots that they require, strictly because of their age. Therefore, you would have to pay to have the rest of the shots and the cost of getting the dog fixed once they are old enough.
We got our Cockapoo from a classified ad that was not a breeder. When we first got our puppy, he had only had the first 2 rounds of vaccinations. Once, he got a bit older we took him to the vet to finish getting him all the required shots he needed. When he reached 5-6 months old, we took him back to the vet to ensure that we got him fixed. It was very important for us to fix our dog. We wanted to help control the pet population and also making sure that he wasn’t out and about getting another dog pregnant.
The Best day ever!
Now that we have finally finished answering all the super important questions that you should go through before getting a dog, we are ready to go.
We drove to pick up our baby Cockapoo and decided on the way home to call “Boo,” When we first got him he was 8 weeks old and still a baby. Picking him up that day was honestly one of the best days of my life.
Please Please make sure that once you decide to get a dog, you realize that you will have that dog for many years. It is not a decision to take lightly, and is a huge life changing decision.
Today Boo is 15 years old and still going strong. I can’t even imagine my life without him. He brings so much joy and love into our lives every day. Getting a dog is one of the best decisions I ever made. I hope I have shed some light on how to choose a breed that is right for you.