Although some people, particularly children and other people who have never had pets before, like to spring into action and choose a pet at the very beginning of the decision making process, that can be a very risky situation; therefore, take your time learning about dogs and cats before taking on the responsibility of pet ownership.
Reading articles like this one is a great way to start out if you are unfamiliar with all the things you need to know in order to make an informed and smart decision about which type of pet is going to be best for you. Depending on the type of property you own, the amount of time you have, the number of people in your home and the type of personality you and your family members have, certain breeds of dogs and cats may not be ideal choices for your family.
Many dog breeds, for instance, will beg you to take them outside on a regular basis because they need to have a lot of exercise and running room; if you are unable to provide this to your dog because your yard is small and the pet owner says that the dog needs a lot of space, consider getting a new breed. At the pet store or pound, ask an employee if the dog you are hoping to take home is the type of dog that requires plenty of one on one time with its owner, because if it is, then you need to check your schedule and make sure that you can reserve a certain amount of time per day to feed your dog, walk your dog, play with the dog and just be around your dog in general.
Whether your dog is large, medium sized or small can also make a huge impact on your success as an owner. Pick a dog that is small and low energy if you live in a home with a lot of breakable and high priced items that cannot be replaced, because dogs that like to run and jump a lot, particularly if they are dogs of substantial size, can sometimes break items unintentionally.
Furthermore, potential owners of pets who live in apartments need to think about dog breed restrictions that have been placed on the potential owner’s apartment building, since not all leasing offices and land lords will allow certain breeds of dogs on the premises.
Some cat breeds are vital to know about as well, since some of them shed quite a lot and might need more cleaning than others, while some, such as short haired cats, do not require much clean up at all. Food costs and vet costs are also things to consider.