We’ve now had Leni 5 months. I can’t believe quite how quickly time has flown. We’ve learned so much more about selflessness, compromise and caring by having her in our lives, and it’s hard to remember a time before her.
I think we’ve been really lucky to have found such a cute, funny and special little puppy. Part of our success is down to having found a great breeder. Given dogs live on average between 10 – 13 years, it is so important to do your research when it comes to choosing a dog. There’s much more to it than just looking online, contacting a breeder and walking away with a puppy.
So after having such a great experience with Leni, I wanted to share some of the things to consider before getting a dog.
1. How to choose the right dog breed for you
This is perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll make. On a basic level you’re choosing a dog, which means you’re committing to care for an animal that needs walking, feeding, vaccinations, patience and human company.
On top of that, different breeds have their own character traits. For instance cocker spainels love to please and enjoy human companionship, collies are loyal and intelligent, and labradors love games and long walks.
We chose a bichon frise because they tend to need moderate exercise, are small, have loving temperaments, don’t moult and are generally good with other dogs and children.
As we’d decided our future dog would be going to work with us, we had to make sure it would fit happily into an office environment and bichons are notorious lovers of human company. We were also inspired by Teddy (Leni’s cousin and best friend), who we are completely in love with and who totally helped make up our minds that a bichon was the right pup for us.