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What should I think about when I get a dog?

Responsibility And Commitment of Pet Ownership

If you are considering the addition of a canine into your life, be aware that it will require quite a bit of your time, money and commitment. Reject impulse decisions that can have lifelong effects --- not only on you, but your family members as well. Some of the small breeds have a lifespan of 15 years or more. The average cost for the first year of a puppy's life will be close to $2,000, not including the purchase price. Puppies require a great deal of interaction and time for socialization and training. They need to be fed three times a day until they are about six months of age. Young puppies need frequent potty breaks throughout the day and sometimes in the middle of the night. As your dog grows older, he'll still need a lot of love and attention from you. Most dogs need regular walks and exercise. On the average for the total life of a dog with a 14-year life span, you can expect to outlay over $10,000 (based upon a 50-pound dog that lives in the Midwest in 2008 - more expensive places can double or triple this cost).

If you've decided that despite the emotional, time and financial commitment, you still want a dog - you will find the rewards of a loving, loyal companion are well worth it.

How long do dogs live?

Your Dog's Lifespan

Some dogs do live longer than others. Generally, a dog's lifespan is directly related to the dog's size. Smaller toy breeds tend to have longer lifespans than larger breeds.

A toy breed like a Lhasa Apso can live 12 to 14 years and Chihuahuas can live 15-20 years or so given a healthy nutritional diet and proper vet care. A very large breed like the Irish Wolfhound or Great Dane may only live 5 to 7 years. To prolong any dog's lifespan, make sure your dog eats a nutritious, well-balanced diet, receives plenty of exercise, prompt medical attention and trained properly to live a long, healthy and safe life!

What is a dog?

What exactly is a Dog?

Most folks think they know what a dog is. He's furry, got four legs, and a tail... he's man's best friend, right? But what exactly is a dog?

A dog is a canine mammal, a descendent of wolves from over 15,000 years ago. He has become domesticated through thousands of years of spending time with us two legged folks. The scientific term for canines is Canis lupus familiaris.

Dogs are social animals and respond to a pack hierarchy. In other words, dogs have a leader and a pecking order, with some members being more dominant than others. Dogs are generally considered carnivores or meat eaters, but some circles consider dogs omnivores (an animal that eats meats and vegetables). Today, dogs carry many roles and task including that of companion animals, guide dogs, therapy dogs, hunting dogs, and even as television and film actors.

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