Anyone who has a dog will tell you that there's nothing like it. The relationship you forge with your pet is a unique and special relationship that you will cherish for the rest of your life. There are however a few things to consider before you get a dog. Many people think that anyone can just get a dog and be a good owner. But being a good dog owner requires much more than wanting a dog. Not only do you need the time and and energy to take care of a dog, you need the necessary financial resources to provide for your dog.
If you know that you will be able to care for a dog properly and are ready to adopt a dog you now need to consider what breed you will get. There are well over150 different breeds of dogs out there. Each breed has been bred for thousands of years to have a specific personality and to fit a certain task. Some dogs have been bred to be aggressive and strong, some have been bred to hunt game, some have been bred to work in specific environments, and some have been bred to be house pets. Each different breed has a unique personality and requires some things from their owner. Some require more maintenance, some need more exercise than others, and some will have special veterinary and dietary needs that you need to research.
Because there are literally hundreds of dog breeds to choose from there are a few things to consider. One of the most important things to consider is personal taste. Your taste can be based on personality and looks. The best way to define your tastes is to become acquainted with different types of dogs. You should also consider the size of the dog, how much it will eat, how much exercise it will need, how well the breed does with children (if you have any), how well the animal does on a leash, and how aggressive a breed traditionally is. The most important thing to remember is that there is no rush, take your time and make sure you pick the breed that best fits what you want out of a dog.