Is Your Family Ready for a Dog?
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Do you have the space?
Make sure you take into account the size of the dog you're considering, in relation to the size of your living quarters. If you've always wanted a Great Dane, but live in a studio apartment in the city, you might run into some issues. Be sure to research any potential breed to get an idea of the dog's energy level and the amount of exercise he might need. Some breeds are okay lounging around for most of the day, but others need space to run. If a dog has pent-up energy, he may take his frustration out by barking, digging, or chewing. And this will most certainly lead to frustration on your part.
Don't rule out any breed until you've done your research, and try to find one that will mesh well with your everyday living style. If you do end up getting an energetic dog, be prepared to take it for lots of walks, or make sure you have a fenced in area where it can run.