Saying that you want to buy a dog is like saying you want to buy a car. This is all well and good, but there are so many options that you have to narrow them down at some point. If you do not, you will never end up making a purchase. Before you decide what type of dog is best for you, it is important that you learn a little bit about many different breeds.

Here are five details that can help you select the right type of dog:

1. Size. This is the first thing that most people think about when buying a dog. Some are looking for one that is very large. Others are more interested in toy breeds. And of course, do not forget about the many that fit somewhere in between. Size is definitely something you want to consider when purchasing a dog.

2. Family. There is a big difference between buying a dog for yourself and one for an entire family. If you have a spouse and/or children, you need to include them in the final decision. This is the only way to know for sure that everybody is going to be happy in the long run. Along with this, you need to make sure that the type of dog you buy is good with children. The last thing you need is a dog that does not get along with anybody – this makes for a miserable time.

3. Temperament. This is one of the most important details to consider. Before you buy any breed of dog, learn as much as you can about its temperament. Is the breed good with children? Do you have any reason to believe that it will attach to one person? There is a lot of information available on the temperament of the many different breeds of dog – make sure you learn as much as you can. You may be surprised at the information you find.

4. Health. Some breeds are healthier than others. While this may not sound like a big deal, it is for a number of reasons. To start, an unhealthy dog is not going to live as long. Along with this, when constantly dealing with health issues you are going to end up spending a lot of money on vet bills.

5.  Can you find the breed? As you know, some breeds are much more common than others. If you are interested in a particular type of dog, begin to look around your area to see if you can find a breeder or two.

With these five details in mind, you should have an easier time determining which breed of dog is best for you.