Choosing the perfect puppy.

Choosing a puppy in Boston

Puppies are cute, but you need to think about certain things before choosing one.

Before you bring home that new puppy, you need to ask yourself whether you’re the right human for her or him. Here are a few questions to consider.

Do you have children?

In that case, then you’ll need a kid-friendly pooch. Your kids will also need to be dog-friendly and prepare for the extra steps it requires to teach them to train the dog, and to respect his or her space

Are there other dogs in your home?

Some additional steps will be involved by introducing a new one . Watch your prospective puppy in the shelter to see how she gets together with the other dogs.

Is it true that your job take you away a lot?

Do have a long commute or you have to travel for work?

Are you a couch potato?

Because some dogs need more exercise than others, be honest with yourself here. Are you really sure you’ll be up to taking 30-minute walks in February?

Do you live in a cramped city apartment?

Maybe you ought to rethink your dream breed if this little puppy you have your eye on is likely to grow into a behemoth. Remember, though, that some smaller, more active dogs can take up lots of space (and energy) in their own way.

Can you afford him?

Before you commit, make a budget and figure out what you’ll be able to handle.

Recurring veterinary bills?

Put aside up to $260 for a large dog and an extra $210 for toy breeds, and definitely consider pet health insurance.

More are eaten by bigger dogs.

You may need the occasional sitter, dog training classes, and extras like a gate, car- wee pads, seat tether, and non-toxic cleaning products. And don’t forget – cute looks also have a price. Food expenses and grooming can add up.

Where to find your new dog

There are three options: You contact a rescue group can go to a shelter, or go to a breeder. There are online sites that could help you locate puppies which are up for adoption.

Bigger city and every county has others, as well as a shelter run by the local government.

Think you’ll find mutts in a shelter? Think again. An estimated 25 percent of dogs up for adoption are purebreds who’ve been given up for all sorts of reasons.

These are just some of the things you need to think about when choosing a puppy.