Choose the right pet and breed for you

Too often, people adopt an animal on impulse, without considering the adult size and life expectancy of a race, the costs to pay and the time to devote to it.

This article in three parts, will, I hope, help you to choose wisely your future life partner (cat or dog) and thereby, reduce abandonments and abusive and unnecessary euthanasia.

Let’s start with the basic questions:

Does someone in your home suffers from allergies to fur or saliva?

If this is the case, you should direct your choice to animals that are said hypoallergenic, like Poodles, Rex, Siberian  or Sphinx.

Do you already have you other animals?

Think that the more animals you have, the more you have to increase the time, maintenance and budget devoted to them. Also be aware of your city rules, because it may refuse certain breed or impose a maximum number of companions. It also has full power to enforce these rules if they are not followed.

Are you sure that your dog / cat will appreciate the arrival of another animal?

Not all individuals like to live in groups. If so, those are often animals that  may develop diseases or behavioral problems related to the stress of having a “friend / intruders” in the house.

What are you excatly looking for ?

A presence that will give you affection from time to time? (cat)

A friend for your children? (cat/dog)

A love ball that will follow you everywhere? (cat/dog)

A protector, an athlete or a hunter? (dog)


Do you live in the heart of the city or in the middle of the countryside?

Do you live in a small apartment or have a medium sized house?

Do you have a closed courtyard a relative size depending on the size of the desired dog?

The space provided to the animal is important as much for his physical needs as for his mental health

For example, a Dane or St. Bernard will suffocate in a small apartment in downtown Montreal, not to mention that it could develop joint problems.

We must also consider the neighbors. They have the right to complain, for example, for excessive barking.

In conclusion

Do research on the personality of the breed to choose as your ideal companion.

These questions already eliminate many breeds. Now put the emphasis on you, the owner. You are as a parent, that is to say that you’re both the authority and the friend of your fur ball. And it’s like your child, in the sense that he needs security, stability and a certain routine. It is dependent on you for its well-being. It’s also up to you to show him with patience what he can not do, what to do and when. It will be a mirror of your actions and your personality, So find from the start a breed that suits you.

In my next article, other factors will be discussed to help you make the right decision.

Stephanie Brunelle, Vet Tech

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