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Man's Best Friend Or Man's Worst Foe? Looking At Buying A Dog For A Family Or Friend

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Being a dog lover, you must have thought about your friend down the road. Maybe they live on their own, and could do with a little best friend to keep them company. Or maybe with a family, there are families that “don’t do pets”. If they knew what they were missing! However, there are perils in buying a dog for someone. You may think that you are doing them a favour! But before you do surprise them with a rottweiler or collie, or even both, it may be worth thinking about a few things.

Is Their House Equipped To Deal With A Dog?
Bringing a big dog into a house that is limited in space can cause problems. If they can give him a lot of space and long walks, then that is fine. If the family or friends are the active, outdoorsy type, a good choice may be a sporting breed. A Labrador retriever, golden retriever, or cocker spaniel would be good choices. Sporting breeds like to play, here is a list of the 10 most indestructible dog toys to get.
Other breeds to consider would be a working breed, like a bullmastiff, Bernese mountain dog, Siberian husky, or Great Dane. They are all active and friendly.

Do Any Of Them Have Allergies?
If they do, then buying a dog may not be the best idea in the first place! Think about getting a non shedding dog if you are concerned about loose hairs or allergies, especially children’s allergies. Dogs that are regularly professionally groomed shed less in the home. A few good choices are bichon frises, schnauzers or a poodle. And if allergies are a problem, try wiping the dog's coat with a dryer sheet once a day to pick up those loose hairs.

Will They Take Care Of It?
Is there a reason that they don’t have a dog? If there is, then is getting them a wise decision. Will they look after the dog and give it the care it deserves? A lot of puppies end up in rescue centres because people just do not realise how much time they need to give their puppies.
Maybe they had a pet die before and the thought of another one may be too upsetting, in particular from the kids’ point of view.
Is the family equipped financially to deal with a dog? If they have other pets anyway, their finances may not be enough to be dealing with an extra mouth to feed.
Also, where do they live? If they live in rented property, there are landlords that do not take kindly to having animals on their premises. Donating a pet to a family that cannot keep it on the premises will be heartbreaking, especially for children.


Getting a dog for someone as a gift is a wonderful gesture, but it is best to make sure that you think it through before doing it. They may appreciate the gesture, or they may not. So before putting your friend, family member or the animal through undue stress, think on.

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