Individuals who are considering adopting a dog must conduct ample research, both in regard to the specific breed they are considering and the essentials of dog ownership. The time and financial commitment involved with raising a dog cannot be overstated. Most dogs live at least 10 years, making them a long-term investment, and many will test an owner’s patience for two to three years as a puppy. During this time, owners must expend considerable effort training, feeding, and walking their dogs, not to mention making regular and often costly trips to the veterinarian's office.
Any person interested in a specific breed must do their due diligence when it comes to contacting a breeder. Trusting any breeder who offers dalmatian or golden retriever puppies can result in funding an illegal backyard breeding operation or the acquisition of an unhealthy, poorly bred animal.
Individuals should also refrain from assuming that all dogs share behavioral traits and can be purchased based on physical appearance alone. A husky, for example, is considered a beautiful dog by many, but huskies have a high prey drive, require a lifetime of focused training and physical activity, demand plenty of time outdoors, and can be hard to handle in a household with small children and elderly individuals. On the other hand, pugs are much easier to raise, but come with their own set of health issues to consider.
Lastly, every person should consider adopting a dog rather than buying one from a breeder. Millions of dogs are euthanized every year simply because shelters and rescues do not have the resources to maintain the nation’s homeless animal population. There are a variety of additional benefits to adopting a dog, be it a puppy or older animal, but none are more important than saving the life of a healthy animal.