Getting a dog is a long-term commitment. Dogs live about 10 to 16 years and require food, fresh water, and exercise multiple times a day, plus regular grooming.
Keep in mind when looking for a dog that care requirements vary between breeds and individual dogs. Dogs with facial folds, such as pugs, require special cleaning to avoid infections. If you get a high-energy dog, you’ll have to schedule a few extra walks and play sessions each day. And the needs of your dog will change through different life stages.