Making the choice to add a dog, as an addition to the family unit, is not something to be taken lightly. This is a very big and important decision and should be given due consideration.
If the decision involves getting a puppy as opposed to be mature animal, the individual must make sure all the supporting elements are in place before the puppy is brought into the existing family unit. Some of the things to consider would be if such an addition is needed in the first place, then there should be health considerations to be looked into such as allergies.
Other considerations may include the availability of space and adequate facilities for the puppy and if there is enough room and finances to accommodate such needs.
There are also licensing issues to consider as the authorities usually look into such violations quite strictly.
Adding a mature animal to the existing unit is also something that cannot be taken lightly, as the temperament of the existing unit and the animal have to be compatible.
Without this compatibility both sides are bound to encounter problems and the animal would most likely be the one that suffers the most.
Then there is also the need to do an adequate amount of research if the decision is made to acquire a purebred animal. The complications here can be considerable and the cost to acquire such an animal will be high. The upkeep of such dogs is also very costly as they often require specifically designed care and food.
Adopting a dog from an animal shelter for some is the most humane choice to make and this is of course welcomed by both the animal and the shelter.
Most organizations encourage this and there are often periodical campaigns launched to get the public to consider adopting these animals.
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