2. What Are Your Living Conditions?
Do you live in an apartment? Do you have a yard? Do you live at a farm? Do you work late?
If you live in a small apartment, a dog that is particularly active or values its freedom to roam and play around a bigger area would feel miserable living with you.
You would need to prepare special accommodations and frequent trips to the doggy park. A cooped up dog has the potential to become destructive, and you may come home to all of your stuff knocked over on the floor and your furniture torn up.
Smaller and less active dogs tend to do better in apartments, but you can’t forget that they have exercise needs as well, and will needs to be walked on a daily basis.
If you have a very busy schedule, you might want to reconsider getting a dog, as all dog breeds need care and attention, and would easily become depressed if left alone for the majority of the day.
If you are prepared to make some time for your dog, then there are some dogs that need less exercise and that only require short walks. Here are some good examples of low energy dogs that thrive in apartments: Pekingese, Greyhound, French and regular Bulldog and Pug.
What if you don’t live in an apartment and instead have a large house with a nice yard? If you have a big yard and a beautiful bed of flowers you enjoy and take care of, you need to think before getting a small, eager, and restless pup.
Many people consider their gardens just as important as their furniture, so if you don’t want your gardenias ripped to shreds, maybe you should pass on the idea of getting a dog altogether, or settle for an adult dog that’s already been trained.