Choosing the right canine friend for your family can be a tough decision. There’s a lot to think through, and it can make the process overwhelming. We at Spanish Trail Animal Hospital want to offer these three important considerations when it comes to choosing your dog.

Housing arrangement: Do you live in an apartment with little or no outdoor space? Or, perhaps you have a securely fenced yard or acres of open space. Do you have children? Other animals? These should all be considered before you commit to a particular dog.

Exercise requirements: Are you looking for a furry friend to help you train for your next half marathon? Or, would you rather your dog keep your feet warm while you snuggle on the couch? High-energy dogs need to expend that energy somehow. Otherwise, they could develop behavioral issues and easily become overweight.

Purebred or mixed breed: Need a dog for a specific purpose, such as hunting, herding, or protection? A purebred dog may be the way to go. There are breed-specific rescues that do a fantastic job of matching potential owners with their rescue pets. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an all-around great dog, you will surely be able to find a mixed breed that meets any of the qualities you desire. Shelters around the country are overflowing with sweet dogs, all looking for loving homes. Bonus: Mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier than their purebred counterparts due to their hybrid vigor and ability to override some genetic conditions carried on by breeding.

Remember to research what bringing a dog home thoroughly entails so that it’s the best decision for everyone. Contact us if you have any questions.