This is the number 1 question you should ask yourself before you start looking. The reason you want to start with this question is because a lot of people buy puppies on the spot without putting much thought into it, then realizing what they got into later.
So, then how do you know you are ready for this puppy?
Well, The first thing you have to ask yourself about this puppy is, Will I be able to provide a forever home for this dog?
Depending on the breed of dog you get, their lifespan is from 7 years to 17 years old. The bigger the dog, the lower lifespan he has, visa versa.
Should I get any breed of puppy? Or Do some research first?
Look at your life. Do you have a family? How active are you? Will you be hiking? Or lounging around the house. Each dog has different needs depending on the breed.
An Australian shepherd is going to need to have someone who is willing to spend a lot of time with him training, running, hiking, and maybe even some agility to keep up with the speed of his mind and body.
A Chihuahua is going to be more of a companion dog wanting to stay by your side with some training, but mostly companionship.
So do your research, that’s the best way to come up with the best breed.
So what about those medical bills, toys, training, nutrition?
Getting a puppy is by all means not cheap. By the time the puppy is 8 weeks old, he is going to need is first set of shots and his first worming. Maybe you will want to enroll him into some classes. That right there including the shots and classes is about $200 alone, By the time he is 12-16 weeks, he is going to need his second round of shots. About another $45. Then his neuter or her spay, $80-$400 depending where you go and how you want the procedure done. Rabies shot about $30, then licensing $35, last set of shots, checkups. Maybe more classes, depending on how far you want to go with him.
High quality food will run between $20-$70 depending on the size of bag each month.
You’re already looking probably into the $2000 by the time he is 1 year old. If you’re lucky to have it that low. That is not counting toys that he has probably destroyed numerous times.
So, the same question applies: Am I ready for that puppy?
If you can say yes after reading above, then you are.
Here is a wonderful video that explains it all very briefly but goes over every point: