Pet Smarts: 7 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog
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Different breeds have different average lifespans, and this is something you should take into account before getting a dog. Keep in mind that having a dog is at least a 12-year-long commitment.
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Few things in the world are cuter than a fluffy puppy donning a big red bow on Christmas morning. I think most people would agree that's a fact. How to choose said pooch dressed in holiday style is a topic that's a bit hazier. Although some families may be inclined to give dogs as gifts, it's important to keep in mind that adorable as they may be, puppies are animals that need to be fed and taken care of -- two things that shouldn't be taken lightly. Those considering getting a new pet this holiday season can take a few things into consideration to ensure you're getting the best gift possible for your family. Click through for 7 things to consider before getting a dog! - By Devan McGuinness


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