When you are considering adopting a dog there are many factors that must be considered, some that you may not have thought about.

Owning a dog will bring joy, happiness, and companionship into your life, however, it will also bring other things as well. Here are some things you might want to research before you chose what kind of dog you want to bring into your life.

One of the first things you should think about before you get a dog is how much you want to pay for one. Dog breeds can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars for a purebred puppy. If you are on a budget an option, you might want to consider is to adopt a rescued dog from a shelter. These dogs can cost very little to nothing in some cases.

Another financial aspect of dog ownership you must consider are the expense that comes with purchasing a dog. These expenses include registration, veterinarian costs for vaccines, checkups and spaying or neutering, and the cost of food. The bigger the dog you get, the more it will eat so it is very important to research how big the dog you want can get and what the monthly cost of its food will be.

It is also important to consider pertaining to the size of the dog you are thinking about getting is space. Do have enough space in your home or yard for a large dog to play in? If you live in a smaller space such as an apartment you might want to consider getting a smaller breed of dog. Also, the bigger the dog you get, the more exercise it will require so you need to make sure you have the time and energy and lifestyle to walk and play with it.

Are you or is anyone in your family allergic to dogs? This is something you must know before you decided to adopt one. If you or a family member is allergic this doesn’t mean that you can never own a dog. Did you know that there are hypoallergenic dog breeds? If allergies might be a problem, you should do some research and consider a hypoallergenic dog for you and your family.

Owning a dog is a wonderful experience, but also comes with many responsibilities. So, it is very important that you consider the factors we have discussed such as costs, size, space, time, and potential allergies before you chose to adopt a dog. If you do your research it will help you chose the dog that is the best fit for you and make your dog ownership experience that much more enjoyable.