On the Eastern Coast, especially in urban or suburban areas, it is less likely that you will find someone who owns multiple dogs. However, if you have one or more already and are considering if adding one more might be a good idea or not, ask yourself the following questions to know how many dogs is over your limit.
Can You Give Enough Care?
The first question to ask is whether you have the means to take care of another dog or not. Some dogs may require more attention and love than others, and adding even one more dog to the equation can cause a deficit to your primary dog’s care. Also, you may find that having the number of pets you already own gets almost too hectic now and then. Keeping track of one or two’s wellbeing can be a full-time job! Consider honestly what is humanly possible for you to provide. If you find your heart still going out to one or two more canines in need, go right on ahead!
How Will the Community Fare?
Your surroundings will also need to be able to support the life of another dog. For example, is there a dog park nearby that can accommodate the number of dogs you bring? Will your neighbors mind if they hear your dogs barking as they play? Does your city or apartment building have rules on how many dogs you can have or how to care for your pets? How does your current dog feel about it? Your newest pet should be able to join the community with ease.
A Matter of Breed
Also consider the breed of your current pet(s) and the breed you are thinking of getting. What kind of lifestyle do they usually enjoy? Size will not necessarily factor into your decision to add a new pet so much when weighing your decision by breed. For example, even though Great Danes are truly sizable dogs, they do not need as much room to run around as a beagle or sheepdog might, and be perfectly content to sit on the couch or carpet. Some breeds also fare better in packs, while some do not mind being the only dog in the house. No matter what, your dogs will need to be able to get along well.
The Perfect Number
The number of dogs that’s right for your household is a subjective decision. For some, a certain number just feels right and completes the home. Of course, you do not want to start hoarding and let the beasts run wild on your property and multiply. However, if you have answered the above questions with flying colors, by all means, seek out that next member of your canine family!
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