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Have you ever felt an instant connection with someone? Like you were on the same page since moment one? It’s rare to meet people that you click with immediately and it’s the same way when you’re looking to adopt a pup. Finding a pup whose personality and temperament match your lifestyle can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are more ways than ever to find a canine companion who is your perfect match. In this post, we will explore some of the best ways to determine what kind of pups are a good fit for you and the resources you can use to find the perfect canine companion.  At Elliot’s House, we know how integral our pups are too our families and we want to help you find the perfect new addition to your family.

There are a few important things to keep in mind when you decide you want to adopt a pup. These are a lifestyle, personality, size, cost, and living situation. Cost is the first factor you should consider when adopting a pup. If you rescue a pup, then the initial cost is mainly just to ensure that they are vaccinated and chipped. The long-term cost of owning a dog is something to consider though. You should ensure that you could comfortably feed and care for your pup without economic concern. Your pup is like your baby and extra expenses will always pop-up.  Some breeds eat more than others and require more maintenance (grooming, vet check-ups, etc…) Look up and understand the needs of each breed and find one that best fits your budget.

Every dog has his or her own personalities, quirks, and interests. Huskies love to run in the snow, Labrador Retrievers love to swim and Chihuahuas would prefer to be in someone’s arms at all times. Your lifestyle and personality play a very important role in what dog you decide to adopt. Breeds have typical characteristics that make it easier to know what they like to do and how they may act, but it’s best to get to know the dog you’d like to adopt and ask the rescue members about their personality and quirks. Just because a dog is a Lab doesn’t necessarily mean that they will love the water, but it’s common for the breed.  If you love to run and swim and are missing the perfect exercise partner, you may want to adopt one of the larger more energetic dog breeds like a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever. If you work all day and just want someone to come home and curl up into a ball with, smaller more low energy pups like a Pug, a Peekapoo or a Shitzu might be the right fit for you.  If you are looking for a companion who can play outside but prefers to sleep and act as a guard dog than an American Bulldog or a Pitbull could be perfect for you.

There is a web service by the name of PawsLikeMe that helps to match you with the perfect pet to adopt near you. You take a simple personality test and answer a few questions about your preferences and lifestyle, and in seconds they provide you with a description of da dog that will fit you and a list of potential adoption candidates that are the perfect fit for you. This service makes your search for the perfect pup much easier and we highly recommend it as a tool to be used during the adoption process.  Another good resource is Pedigree’s Breed Match program. You go online and give info about your living space, yard size, how long the dog will be left alone, your age, and other demographic information. With this info, the Pedigree Breed Matcher will give you the type of dog breed that best fits your lifestyle. Both of these resources are great for narrowing the funnel during the adoption process, but nothing is more important than your first few meetings with your potential pup. Every rescue pup is waiting to find their forever family, but some pups open up quicker than others. Once you’ve found a pup that you think fits your lifestyle and will do well in your living situation, we encourage you to really put in the time to get to know your future family member. Some dogs can take three or more visits to truly show their personality and the more time you spend with the pup before adoption, the more likely you are to know if they will be a good fit for your family.

If you are in your 20’s or 30’s and looking to have come to a new pet parent, this article breaks down the 16 best breeds to adopt in your 20’s and 30’s. People in their 20’s and 30’s often move into new cities or find a job in a new country and are suddenly without any real support networks. Adopting a dog ensures that you have a forever friend to go on adventures with and to make the long nights less lonely.

How did you adopt your pet? How did you find the perfect pup to match your lifestyle? Let us know on social media!

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