Picking a Safe Dog Breed in Texas

Deciding on which type of puppy is right for you and your family is an exciting time. For many people, after you bringing home a furry friend it takes no time at all before the pup becomes a beloved family member. Dogs are a lot of responsibility and picking the right one is critical. Before you bring a dog into your home and your life, there are some things to think about like if your lifestyle is accommodating for the obligations you will have taking care of the animal. 

In addition to having to adapt your daily routine for taking care of your new dog, there are also ongoing financial requirements to keep them healthy and happy. Food, vet bills, crates, leashes, and disposable bags, local licensing, pet insurance, toys, dog beds, obedience classes, and some dogs require routine professional grooming. Training a dog is a big part of being a responsible dog owner, so depending on your level of experience or your budget for hiring a professional this is another factor to think about when you pick a dog breed. Some dog breeds are known for being particularly stubborn and hard to train. A novice dog owner, for example, may not want a breed with a tendency to be headstrong.

Tips for Picking the Right Dog Breed

Mulling over the following tips may help point you in the right direction for choosing the best dog breed.

  • If you or a family member suffers from allergies, looking at a category of dogs that are in the hypoallergenic grouping is a good starting point.
  • The size of your home or accessibility to open spaces and areas of exercise can factor into picking which size pooch is best as well as how energetic a dog you want.
  • Dogs that have long hair that is always growing will need to be groomed on a reoccurring basis while dogs with shorter hair may do well with a good daily brushing. All dogs will need some amount of upkeep some requiring more than others. If you aren’t interested in a dog that needs its own hairstylist, then a short-haired dog could be the way to go. Although, it is worth pointing out that these breeds shed a lot which means you will need to spend a little more time cleaning at home.
  • Getting a new dog could mean getting a tiny brand-new puppy, an older puppy, an adult dog, or a senior dog. Puppies and seniors require more time and attention but homes that can take on those challenges will also enjoy the rewards of their dog’s love.
  • Even the most gentle and reliable animal can react to a situation by biting. There are numerous reasons why dogs bite, and in the state of Texas, if your dog bites a person you can be liable for damages. A dog that has bitten before or a dog owner that knows their dog could be a threat will be held strictly liable for damages from a bite. This is because Texas follows the one-bite rule. Purchasing Texas liability insurance to cover your dog’s behavior is something to look into because a Texas personal injury claim from a dog attack has the potential to be very costly.

Speak with A Texas Dog Bite Attorney Today

Dog attacks are scary for victims and a dog’s sharp teeth can inflict incredible physical injury. The wounds from a dog attack are at high risk for developing bacterial infections from the animal’s saliva. If you or a loved one suffered injuries because a dog bit you, you can sue for compensation to cover your damages through a Texas personal injury claim. Contact the Abilene dog bite attorney at the Low Law Firm to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how you can secure a fair settlement. Call today at (601) 487-0555.

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