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Choosing a dog is a "big commitment"

Wednesday, 27th June 2012

People thinking of getting a dog should pick a breed based on how it will fit into their lifestyle, an expert has said.

Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said that choosing a dog is a "big commitment" and there are many things to consider.

She said: "Choosing the right breed is extremely important and for this they need to consider how much space they have, how much time for grooming they can give and how much exercise and stimulation they are able to provide."

Ms Kisko added that making sure you can provide the right lifestyle for a chosen breed is the first step in creating a "perfect partnership".

Speaking about what breeds are good for families with young children, she explained that many types are suitable as long as they are good natured and trained well.

She noted that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known as the nanny dog because it is so good with children, but warned that children and dogs should never be left alone.