You can buy a pet from a variety of sources including breeders and rescue centres. If you’re buying a puppy, ask to see its mother so you can check whether she has a good temperament and characteristics. An ideal age to purchase a puppy is when it’s between 7 and 8 weeks old.
Cost of keeping a dog
In addition to the initial cost of getting a dog, it’s estimated that ongoing costs such as food, veterinary fees and treatments and pet insurance are approximately £25 a week, depending on size and breed.
Choosing a dog
Before you get a dog it’s wise to think long and hard about the breed or crossbreed of dog you buy and whether your new pet will suit your personality and lifestyle. Considerations should include:
- Whether you’d like to purchase a male or female / puppy or adult
- Does the dog you’re considering suit your home, family, car etc?
- Are you prepared to walk your dog on a daily basis?
- Can you make a lifelong commitment to your dog?
- Will your new dog bond with other pets in the household?
- Lastly, whether you can afford to keep a pet.
The secret to choosing a dog is to do lots of research and it’s also worth finding out more about potential health problems and characteristics such as length of coat – and therefore how much grooming is required, whether the dog dribbles etc.
Why not think about a rescue dog? Have a look at our rescue page to find out more.
As well as lovable mongrels, 208 dog breeds are registered with The Kennel Club and these are split into seven groups – hound, gundog, terrier, utility, working, pastoral and toy.
Hints and tips on new ownership
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to get a dog, do a bit of planning so that your pet’s first days in its new home are as easy and pleasurable as possible.
Equipment for your dog should include a dog bed big enough for your pet to stretch out in, a comfortable collar which you can slip two fingers underneath with an identity tag, a lead and food and water bowls
Buy some pet food for your dog – this can either be dry complete food or semi-moist and tinned foods
Depending on your pet’s vaccination history, you may need to phone your vet and book an appointment for vaccinations. Your vet will also carry out a ‘nose to tail’ MOT
Your vet will be able to recommend puppy parties or dog training clubs to help socialise and train your pet including house training, sitting and staying.