So, you're ready to add a new addition to your household. You finally have the time, financial means and patience it will take to train and care for a puppy. But what kind of dog is best for your schedule and personality? With so many different types of dogs and mixed breeds to choose from, you will need to do a little digging to find the one that's right for you.
Do Your Homework
Jump on your laptop or head to the library and start reading! Dog Time's website is a good place to start if you are surfing the Web for information. They offer a personality matching quiz that will give you breed suggestions based on your lifestyle and preferences. The American Kennel Club website is also a great place to bone up on the numerous breeds.
Visit a Dog Park
There is no better place to learn about the temperament and activity level of various dogs breeds than your local dog park. Call a friend who has pets and tag along with them next time they visit. Don't be afraid to talk to other dog owners, ask tons of questions and interact with the pups if the owner's give you the go ahead.
Talk to an Expert
Once you have identified a few types of dogs that might be a good fit for your lifestyle, write down any questions you have about diet, energy level, temperament and health concerns. Then, jump back on the Web to find breed-specific rescue groups and give them a call. These groups typically rescue pure and mixed dogs from a specific breed and can usually give you a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses.
Meet Your Match
Now that you've learned all you can about the breed you want, make an appointment with a rescue group in your area to meet their adoptable dogs or head to your local animal shelter to scope out your new four-legged best friend. Once you've found a potential pal, make sure you spend some time with him or her at the facility to get to know each other and see if it's a good fit. Don't forget to ask plenty of questions so you feel confident you're walking away with the newest member of your family.