The first thing to consider before bringing a puppy home is their size. How big will they be when you bring them home, and how big will they get? Larger dogs start as larger puppies which means your household may need to prepare for a big, energetic, clumsy pup. Think of it like bringing home a toddler. Are there sharp corners and breakable objects in reach of them or their tail? Things that you won’t want to be chewed up should be put away.
With larger dogs, it’s also important to remember they will need larger supplies like crates, food bowls, food storage, collars, and beds. Larger dogs cost more money and their things take up more space.
The breed and temperament of your new puppy should also be taken into consideration. You should do thorough research on the puppy you are planning to bring home. What is the breed meant to do? It’s important to know if they will fit into your lifestyle.
It’s also just as important that you fit into theirs. Does the breed you’re interested in require a lot of exercises? As cute as they are, will you be able to keep up with them when they are fully grown?
Does their breed have a high prey drive that could affect the other animals or children in your household? Do you have the time and money to keep up with the grooming needs of your dog? All of these questions should be considered before deciding if a breed is right for you.