Families come in all shapes and sizes. How do you determine the best-sized dog for your rescue family? Check out these tips and try them on for size one at a time.
Does someone in your family have special needs? The most loving dog could cause harm based on her size alone. Consider the trainability of your dog before deciding to bring her home. Check out this list of highly intelligent and trainable dogs.
How Much Weight Can You Lift?
If your dog was ever hurt and needed to be carried to the car or an uber to get to a vet office, could you pick them up? Are you able to move them onto a sheet and find a neighbor or family member to help you carry them?
Do you have enough physical strength to walk your dog safely? Your rescue can be the best trained Great Dane, but if the right situation came up –SQUIRREL! He’d be off like a shot with your arm and body in tow.
Check here to learn more details about large dog breeds.
What Is The Best-Sized Dog For Your Car?
Seriously, it is easier to find a dog who already fits the one you have, right? Big dogs don’t need much more space than a smaller dog, except when sharing your bed, couch, or car seat!
Space also has to do with your home environment. Your rescue dog’s energy level is a much more accurate indicator as to how much room a dog needs in a yard and inside their home for running and playing. My youngest daughter has three Great Danes. When she only had one, they lived in an apartment with no problem. Consequently, with more dogs, she needed more room. She has a four bedroom home and a nice size yard. The mellow energy level of her Danes allows all three to reside inside without a problem. If they were rowdy terriers or high energy Labradors life would require hours at the dog park daily to be happy in the same size home!
Though small dog breeds are easier to tote around, many require a lot of energy from you to balance out their need to run, play, and fetch! Consider the energy it will take to care for your future rescue dog.
If you’re adopting soon, check this out for tips you can use in the first three months.
Based on what you’ve read, what dog would you choose?