How To Choose A Family Pet
By Alex Daniels
If you are in search of the perfect pet for your family, itís a good idea to know just what to look for in terms of temperament, intelligence and even size. Believe it or not, the size and weight of your pet may be a significant deciding factor when it comes to choosing the newest addition to your family.
First and foremost, you will want to choose a pet that you like. Perhaps you are a cat person, or maybe your heart melts every time you see a playful puppy. Whatever the case, make sure that you opt for the type of pet that will bring you the most happiness. You will also need to think about the age of your preferred pet. A young animal, such as a kitten or puppy, can be destructive and may require much training. At the same time, bringing a young pet home will give you the opportunity to mold him/her into the perfect, well-behaved animal that you want.
Now that you know what type of pet to look for, itís time to consider your surroundings. If you live near a busy highway, for instance, you may want to think about getting a pet that can live indoors. Otherwise, he/she may find her way out into the street and into incoming traffic. If you reside in a rural area without a lot of traffic, the hustle and bustle of everyday busyness may not be such a consideration. A puppy, for instance, loves to run and thereís no better way for him/her to burn off some excess energy than to play in the yard. If Ďmanís best friendí is your pet of choice, make sure that you have enough room to accommodate your new friend. Additionally, if you rent your home, the owner may or may not have a policy on pets and/or weight and size restrictions. For this reason, itís important to check with your landlord before going ahead with the decision to get a pet.
Did you know that, regardless of how they are raised, certain animals are better for families than others? For instance, young children should not be anywhere near a dog that is known to have aggressive tendencies. Collies, because of their gentle demeanor, are a very popular pick among families. Retrievers are also gentle, but tend to be very energetic and mischievous as pups. Cats, in general, are popular pets because they are small and easy to handle. Certain breeds, such as siamese, tend to be jealous and may be a concern if you have other pets.
Last but not least, take the time to consider whether or not anyone in your family is allergic to pets. If someone is allergic to animals, itís a good idea to refrain from bringing your new pet indoors. Depending on the level of allergies, it may be necessary to seek medical advice prior to inviting a four-legged friend into the family at all. Otherwise, a nice alternative is an indoor aquarium filled with colorful fish and other aquatic life.
The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional advice relating to the selection, demeanor and/or training of a pet. For additional information on choosing a pet thatís right for your family, consult a veterinarian. If someone in your family is known to or may have allergies, consult a physician for advice.
About the Author: Alex works from home and is a huge fan of the Ghost Hunters reality show and Star Wars. Alex was married last year and writes about wedding planning when there's time.