Family pets offer a great way to teach your kids about responsibility and caring for another living being. Many parents choose to bring a pet into the home and find that the animal becomes another member of the family. Not only is a pet an important part of your family unit, but the animal can also bring a lot of joy and fun into your home.

If you are thinking about a pet, there are a few things that you need to consider to choose the animal that will be a good match for your family culture. Here are a few things that will help you make your decision on kind of pet your family should get:

Space for the Animal

How much space will be available for the pet? If you have a large backyard, then it might make sense to get a dog. But, it can be uncomfortable to have a big dog if your family is living in a condo or somewhere without a fenced yard. In these smaller spaces, consider the benefits of a cat or a hamster instead as the kind of pet you should get.

Choose smaller animals if you are planning to have an indoor pet, such as cats, small dogs, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, or rats. If it will be an outdoor animal the kind of pet you decide on, then you might pick a bigger dog or rabbits.

Ongoing Care and Maintenance

If you enjoy weekends away with the family, then you need to pick destinations that allow you to bring the dog. Or, another option is to choose a cat that can be left home for the weekend. Cats or small, caged pets can often be left for a few days at a time without supervision.

Family Culture

As a parent, you might have fond memories of growing up with a specific kind of pet or type of dog or cat. It can be fun to share those same experiences with your children, so you might consider a dog breed that matches your own childhood memories.

New Training or Mature Pet?

It is fun to bring home a puppy or kitten, but you need to consider the training and attention the animal will require. It takes time and effort to teach the kind of pet basic skills, such as potty training or appropriate behavior in the house. Some families want the benefits of a pet without going through the stress of training the animal. In this situation, it can be beneficial to pay for a professional trainer to help. Or, you might adopt a mature animal that is already trained.

If it is your dream to have a family pet, then you need to make sure that you have a home that will fit the needs of your family and the animal. Talk to our team at DUFFY Realty to find the perfect home with a big backyard to accommodate your dog. We want to help you create the home of your dreams! Call us anytime at (678) 318-1700