Death, taxes and dogs. Three of life’s most dependable things, only, dogs are likely the one thing of the three we willingly accept in our lives.
They’re unconditionally loving, unwaveringly loyal and always happy to see us, and those characteristics are exactly what have earned them the moniker of man’s best friend. Because you’d probably have a hard time forgiving your friends if they chewed your couch cushions, peed on your floor, or greeted you with an enthusiastic crotch sniff, but when it comes to your dog, you don’t think twice about it.
And welcoming a dog into your life is one of the best things you can do for yourself. According to the Ontario Veterinary Association, pet ownership boosts your emotional well-being, lowers stress levels, provides you with unconditional love and makes you a much happier person. A further study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health showed that pet ownership can even add years to your life.
But choosing the right pooch pal for you isn’t as easy as walking into the pet store and picking the cutest puppy. Different breeds have different needs, and if those needs don’t fit your lifestyle, the relationship might not be a match made in doggie heaven. For example, if you prefer to lead a life of lazy leisure, bringing home a Husky or Border Collie – dogs who are programmed to want to run and then run some more – might not be the best idea.