Before you buy a dog

Før du køber hund

Do you also want to get a dog? Dogs are loyal and devoted pets, but they also demand a lot from you for many years. Therefore, you should consider whether you have the desire, the time and the finances for a dog, and which breed of dog, if so, will fit in best with your particular family.

A dog can live up to 16 – 17 years, depending on the breed, so you have to think ahead. Do you also have the desire and time for a dog in 2, 5 or 10 years?

A dog requires time

As mentioned, the dog must be part of your daily life for many years to come. Dogs are pack animals and they are not made to spend many hours alone every day. The most optimal thing is that the dog is not alone for more than 5 hours a day, but many dogs can easily be alone for longer periods of time.

It is not only your company that the dog requires. Depending on the breed, it also requires stimulation in the form of play, training, tracking and activation. It must be aired 3 times a day and even more often if you don't have a garden.

You also have to think about whether the dog can come with you when you go on an overnight stay or holiday, or whether you have some good and optimal care options.

A dog costs money

The prices of dogs vary greatly depending on the breed. "Recycled dogs" can occasionally be taken over for a symbolic amount in exchange for promising good things and staying home. Here, however, you do not know what the dog has in the rucksack, and it can therefore be a risky choice. A purebred puppy with a pedigree can cost upwards of DKK 20,000.

It's not just the lump sum you have to consider if you want to get a dog. There will also be costs for food , treats, toys, dog basket, harness, training, vaccinations, health checks and fur care.

Always make sure to take out health insurance for your dog, so that you are not suddenly faced with high and unforeseen costs for veterinary bills.

Choice of race

Not all homes are suitable for all dogs. When choosing a dog, you should not choose based on appearance. Instead, you should consider whether you can offer exactly what that breed of dog needs. Hunting dogs such as dachshunds and spaniels have e.g. need to be stimulated via tracking and walks in the forest, while other dogs have a smaller need for activity but perhaps a greater need for fur care. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the dog breed before you buy the dog.

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