Dogs are a very popular choice for pets – and it’s no surprise considering how playful and loyal they are. With so many different dog breeds out there, people are sure to meet a partner that matches their lifestyle.
While you need to keep in mind the rules and regulations regarding dog ownership in NZ, it’s still a pretty good place to live with your furry friend. To help ease your transition towards living with a pet, here are some considerations to keep in mind to help you find a breed that fits your lifestyle.
First of all, you need to consider the current environment you’re living in. Do you live in the city or somewhere in the countryside? If you’re currently living in a major city, chances are that you’ll encounter certain restrictions on where you can take your dog. After all, public safety is important as the density of people living in the cities is much higher. You also need to register your pet with the local council as well.
In rural areas, having a bigger space will allow your dog to roam around and exercise. However, there are different kinds of dangers that exist in rural areas as well. For one, the wildlife can be pretty unpredictable; birds of prey species, like hawks, can easily hound on smaller dogs. Also, other rural areas may have separate provisions for breeds considered as “working dogs” or dogs used for herding stock or pest control. To avoid getting into trouble, always check with your local council beforehand.
Climate is another consideration that you need to take into account, as some dog breeds fare better in certain climates. Dogs with thicker coats will be much more suited for cold climates, while short-haired, single-coat dogs will fare better in warmer climates. Fortunately, New Zealand has fairly moderate climates making it good for many different dog breeds.
While dogs can generally handle extremely hot or cold days for a short while, do note that certain health problems could arise from raising a dog that’s incompatible with your climate. Breeds with short and wrinkled snouts, like bulldogs or pugs, may encounter breathing problems in hotter places. Having dog insurance in NZ can help with the costs of vet trips, but make sure that your pet’s conditions are covered in the policy.
It’s important to consider the size of your home as well. Dogs need adequate space to roam around, so you need to ensure you have sufficient living space and the schedule for them. Is your home big enough for your preferred breed? Or, are you currently renting in a smaller apartment space that allows pets?
If you live in an apartment in the city, you may have to settle for a smaller breed that doesn’t require big spaces to exercise. Also, check if there are any elevators in your rented apartment. Some breeds like English Bulldogs are prone to hip and back conditions that don’t mesh well with frequent stair climbing.
You have to consider your neighbours as well. Are your walls soundproof? Your neighbours may not like hearing the sound of barking dogs, which may lead to a noise complaint. You also need to keep in mind any allergies your housemates may have prior to adoption or purchase.
The costs of owning a dog add up over time – and we’re not just talking about food and grooming here! If you fail to get dog insurance, it may lead to higher costs if your dog starts developing health issues that could eventually count as a pre-existing condition.
It’s also helpful to read on a breed’s potential health issues. This will help you better prepare to care for your pet and evaluate whether your environment and circumstances are conducive to your dog. For example, pure breeds tend to encounter more health problems over mixed breeds, while dogs with longer life expectancies tend to experience fewer problems over time.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to craft a one-size-fits-all guide regarding dog ownership. While there are similarities across different dog breeds, such as behaviour, preferences, and personalities, no two dogs will be the same. You never know which pet will mesh the best with your family and lifestyle!
So, take some time to get to know your future member of the family by spending time with them prior to adoption or purchase. Above all else, the love and bond between you and the pup need to come first. After that, you only need to adjust your space, find the right dog insurance in NZ, and you’re all set to enjoy life with your furry companion.
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