First time dog owners must carefully consider the breed

Buying a puppy for the first time is certainly exciting. If you have never owned a dog before, it is very easy to have your head turned by the cute little balls of fur that you encounter whatever breed they might be and you may become overwhelmed and make very emotional decisions.

Impulse purchases when it comes to buying a puppy are never a good idea though. Before you buy a dog, you must have thought long and hard about whether or not you are ready to look after a puppy. It is not fair to you, your family and especially the dog, if you do not consider the decision to buy a puppy carefully.

Most importantly, for a successful partnership between you and the puppy, you must look beyond the cute face and ensure that your puppy fits you and your lifestyle – and that you fit the requirements of what a puppy needs.

This is where researching different dog breeds is essential before buying a puppy. For instance, whilst you may have your heart set on a particular dog because aesthetically you adore the way they look, remember that a puppy may grow and grow until you can no longer accommodate them in your home or keep up with their need for exercise or the expense of the food they eat. Certain breeds of dogs are more suited to homes with children. It may seem that a puppy would pose no threat to your children but as they grow, certain breeds of dogs are more tolerant of the fuss that children can make over their pets.