A dog is an intelligent being who senses and feels. Owning a dog is a big, long-term commitment. It is important for an owner to choose a dog breed that suits their ability and lifestyle. With a lifespan of 10-plus years, you need to seriously evaluate whether you can engage in such a long-term commitment. If you deeply feel that you want a dog, then you must plan to commit a lot of time. If you know that your life may potentially change in the near future, you must be sure that you can still provide good care and time to your dog.
Unfortunately, in many cases people will choose a striking dog, like a Siberian Husky, without being aware of what kind of dog and energy level they are adopting. A Siberian Husky, for example, is an endurance breed and needs to be exercised everyday to fulfill their needs. Huskies are known to be great escape artists and moon howlers. If a high energy dog like this can’t get rid of their energy, they will become a problem for the owner. They may start chewing, howling, barking, or escaping the yard. This is clearly not fair to the dog. The owner has obviously chosen the wrong breed for their lifestyle.
It’s essential to be honest with yourself about how active you are and how busy your lifestyle is. Think about how much time you can devote to a dog, since you will be their number one companion. Dogs are not meant to live in solitude for long periods of time, just as active working breeds are not meant to live in a couch potato environment. The reverse is also true, if you want to take a dog on your daily one hour jog, then an English Mastiff would be the wrong breed for you. Having said that, daily exercise is something every dog needs. The daily walk keeps a dog healthy, lean, and it is stimulating for their main organ, the nose.
Once you determine your energy level, start gathering information about dog breeds and the dog you like best. If you are interested in adopting a dog from a shelter, be aware that their characteristics can change once they are out of the kennel. It is possible that a dog that has been in a shelter for some time has suffered emotionally. There are various reasons, such as anxiety and frustration. It might be wise to get a professional to help you decide.
Choosing the right dog is a big decision. Take your time and make sure that it feels right. If something feels off, trust your intuition. Humans and dogs pick up each other’s energy and we can often get a good sense of which animal is the right companion for us.