Bringing a dog home is a big deal. Not only is it a major time commitment (many dogs live at least 10 years), but a financial commitment as well. Making this big decision can be scary, especially if you’ve never owned a dog. You may be asking yourself, “Which breed of dog is best for me” and “Will my dog fit into my lifestyle? “These are questions you should feel comfortable and confident with before you adopt, but where do you start?
We at Spruce are the biggest fans of every dog, and it’s just as important for us to help the puppies find their furry homes ever. We’ve created this quiz to help potential dog owners discover the breeds that best suit them and their lifestyle. Your final outcome is influenced by a handful of factors such as how much space you have, whether you have other pets or children, how active you are, and certain characteristics you look for in a dog.
Every dog deserves a loving home, and we’re so excited to be a part of your journey. Take our quiz to find out which breeds are right for you.
Are you ready for a dog?
First of all, it’s crucial that you know you’re ready for this big step and that you have the resources to care for a living, breathing animal for a lifetime. Familiarize yourself with the average costs of owning a dog, comparing dog food brands, how often you need to be available, whether you’ll get pet insurance, and many other basics of dog ownership.
Things you should consider before getting a dog
Considerations before choosing a breed
Visualize what your life with your dog would be like: are they big enough or small, active enough to hike with you or a couch potato, happy to share you with other pets or a type of single owner dog? Make sure you don’t fall in love with breeds without fully understanding their characteristics. (This adorable Alaskan Instagram Malamute account does not necessarily reveal his temperament and needs!) Some breeds require a more involved grooming routine while others need access to lots of space. In addition, each dog is an individual who may have personality traits that are different from what is typical of their breed. Spending time with your potential dog before adoption will help you get to know their specific personality and feel clearer about whether this dog is a good fit for you.