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SIZE MATTERS: Choosing the right dog for you

Once you’ve finally persuaded your partner/parents/landlord/other animal(s) to add a new furry family member, the next question is clearly going to be, “So what kind of dog are we getting?” There are plenty of factors that go into selecting canine candidates, so here’s a handy checklist to help you with the process.

SPACE INVADERS

Just like humans, dogs need their own space – but if you currently live somewhere barely bigger than a wardrobe, you should consider a smaller or toy breed dog.

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GET PHYSICAL

Bigger pups need to work off all that energy somehow, whether they can run around in your fenced-off backyard or you’re willing to take them for decent walks each day. Consider your options before picking your new best pal.

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BON APPETIT

It’s simple science: the larger the dog, the bigger the stomach. If your budget is tight already, a smaller dog will keep your grocery list down.

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HOME ALONE

Depending on their temperament, some dogs don’t mind being on their own. But if you’re working ‘round the clock it might be worth investing in a dog walker. The same way you get sick of being cooped up at the office, so too does your pooch get tired of being home alone.

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OLD DOG, NEW TRICKS

Age might just be a number, but don’t get hung up on the fluff – puppies can be a lot of work. If you’re not the kind of person to sacrifice a few slippers or furniture legs, consider adopting an older dog that is already housebroken.

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Getting a new dog is pretty exciting, but it’s important to take the time to choose the right one for you. There are plenty of tools to help you filter through right and wrong breeds, like the Petbarn dog breed selector. Remember to always check out nearby animal shelters and try to avoid pet shops where the breeding conditions of the dog are unknown. In the end, you’ll have a best friend for life no matter what.



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