3 Practical Things to Consider Before Buying a Dog

The world is split into two distinct camps: dog people and cat people. If you are ‘team dog', there has never been a better time to buy a puppy. Of course, choosing the perfect pup to become a part of your home is a big commitment. You need to consider a number of factors before you embark on a lifetime of being a dog owner. If you truly believe you could offer a great home to a puppy by all means go out and buy one. While buying a puppy is a big responsibility, this guide will assist you with the practical considerations before you pick up your perfect pup:

Activity Levels of You and Your Dog

Before you find start looking at puppies for sale, you need to consider the activity levels of a puppy. If you are something of a couch potato or you are not as mobile as you used to be, buying a puppy may not be a sensible choice. Puppies are highly energetic and need a lot of attention. If you don’t think that you can actively keep up with a puppy’s boisterous demands then it may be time to reconsider your pet options. However, if you want a dog that can keep up with your own physical and active lifestyle, then you need to ensure that you are looking at the right breeds of dog. You don’t want your poor hound to be exhausted! Collies and Spaniels make great jogging partners as they have boundless energy. Have you ever tried to exhaust a Spaniel or Collie? It’s nigh on impossible!


Purebred dogs are extremely popular and as such, come with high price tags. Many people are attracted to particular breeds and understandably so. With that in mind, you need to explore the character traits of your chosen dog breed before you buy one. If you have young children, it may not be advisable to adopt certain breeds of dog. Likewise, if you are an elderly couple, you may not want a dog that requires long walks. Different breeds of dogs have different personality traits so research your chosen breed thoroughly to ensure that they fit in with your lifestyle and family dynamic.

Physical Maintenance

Some mutts malt more than others. If you have don’t have the time to invest into your dogs beauty regime, it may not be wise to purchase certain breeds of dog. Some dogs have incredibly long fur that needs grooming on a daily basis, like the Afghan hound. This will include brushing their fur and ensuring that they are shampooed on a regular basis. Other breeds, such as short haired, smooth coated dogs are notorious for shedding fur all year round. If you don’t want to be vacuuming on a daily basis, this breed of dog may not be for you. Check the maintenance regime of your pet and ensure that you choose a dog that fits in with your lifestyle. You don’t want your puppy to become ill because you haven’t groomed him in the correct manner.


  1. We have four dogs at home!: ) The whole family love them! In fact the hubby just renovated the back portion of the house so they have a place to hang out in during the rainy season: )

  2. What a great and informative post! There was a lot of useful and helpful advice points mentioned within here! Thanks for sharing!