We Know: How to Buy a Dog
First Determine How much You Want to Pay
Initial costs for buying a dog can vary greatly, depending on the breed you buy, but long-term care can cost quite a bit. Things such as food, collars, leashes, vet bills, dog house, toys, training classes, and grooming fees can add up to a lot of money over time.
Large Dogs versus Small Dogs
A larger dog will eat more and require more space to move around. A smaller pure breed, however, might need more expensive grooming on a regular basis. The amount of money you have to spend on a dog should factor strongly in the kind of dog you choose to buy.
Choose a Breed that is Right for You
Factors such as size and disposition should be carefully considered when choosing a dog to buy. If you want a dog that will do tricks and loves to play, then you might consider a terrier or pug.
If you have kids and want a dog that will be gentle with them, while protecting them as well, a golden retriever or lab would be a good bet.
If you live in the city, then you might consider buying a dog that doesn't need a lot of space to run and play. It is very important to choose a breed that will match your lifestyle and expectations. If youíre not sure what breeds might be best for you, head to the library and check out some books on dog breeds to get a feel for whatís out there.
Places to Buy a Dog
If you are looking to buy a pure breed, check your local newspaper or do a search on the internet. There are a large number of dog breeders out there, so be sure to do your research and ask them plenty of questions about the dogís history before you buy it.
Pet Stores and Pounds
If youíre not overly concerned about the purity of the breed, but have a specific breed in mind, a local pet store is a good place to look. If you donít have a specific breed in mind, head to a local pound or animal shelter. Not only will you save a dog from an untimely death, but youíll also save a lot of money.