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- How much dog hair you are willing to put up with.
- Do you need a hypoallergenic dog?
- How much time do you have as a family? Who is going to devote their time to daily walks and play time? A lot of big dog breeds require a great deal of daily exercise.
- Choose a breed with an energy level that fits your family’s time commitment can avoid a lot of behavioral problems.
- When considering the size of dog you must really think about the cost of maintaining the dog. It costs a great deal more to feed a St. Bernard than it does a Chihuahua.
- Medical expenses requiring anesthesia will also be greater as physicians charge by weight.
- Boarding kennels and groomers may charge by weight as well. The general rule is, the larger the dog, the more expensive it will be to care for him.
- What type of temperament are you looking for? If you have kids, you will want to choose a breed that has a reputation for being good with children. If you want a good watch dog, choose a breed that has a natural guard instinct.
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