3 Obscure Tips for Choosing the Dog for You

Choosing a dog is a huge decision. Some people say that "you don't choose the dog; the dog chooses you," and that can be really helpful advice. There are thousands of articles out there about which dog is right for you and/or your family. A lot of that advice is really useful. But no matter which path you take to finding the right dog for you, there are a few issues to consider that aren't talked about as much, and we offer them here in hopes of giving you that last little piece of wisdom that you need to connect with a dog for life.

1 Know Who You Are

People will make a lot of assumptions about you based on your dog. For example, if you're a bouncer and you're considering, say, a teacup Yorkie, you'll need either a strong sense of personal identity or a good sense of humor.

Also, whether or not we actually resemble our dogs over time, people will "see" those resemblances, so keep that in mind if you're looking at beautiful breeds with strong features (e.g. Komondor, Shar-pei).

2 >Remember Seeds and Seats

If you have a green thumb, know that some dogs are diggers and that dog urine can cause problems with the soil.

And don't forget about your car! Different fabrics and upholstery options respond differently to dirt, nails, and slobber. Of course, if you have a bike or moped instead of a car, go ahead and scratch Mastiff off your list.

3 Listen to Your Heart

You should do a lot of research before you commit to any dog, but know that you will not drift slowly into an appreciation of him/her; rather, you will fall madly in love with this dog, so as you research, learn how to take your pulse, as that will be the true test of whether you just found the right dog for you.