Many people love pets. They play with your children, they run all around the house, and provide love. But choosing the right pet is not an easy task.
If you decide that a dog is the best for you, there are still many choices to be made. Dogs come in all sizes and energy levels. Little dogs are often more hyper and need some exercise, but large breeds that are also energetic will require even more commitment. If you decide on a less energetic larger breed, remember that they will require much more food and thus the cost involved will be greater.
A family's medical conditions are also a consideration when choosing a pet. Many people have allergies to cats and dogs. Perhaps a short haired dog or cat will be fine, but harrier versions will cause problems. Other medical conditions can also play a factor. A dog might not be the best choice for a child that is prone to injury. Asthmatics can also have problems with certain pets. It's a good idea to spend a little time with the potential pet around each member of the family before making a final commitment.
Consider the quality of life for the pet also. A dog used to having space to roam can quickly develop psychological issues if kept in a small apartment all day. Cats shouldn't be brought into homes that already have dogs unless you are absolutely sure that your dog can adapt.