There are so many different breeds of dogs out there, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. Every breed has its unique set of characteristics, and it’s essential to consider what you’re looking for before making a decision.
WHAT BREED OF DOG SHOULD I GET?
When asking yourself, ‘What breed of dog should I get’ also consider the following questions:
Do you want a low-maintenance dog? What about a breed that is good with kids? Or are you looking for a guard dog?
No matter your needs, we can help you find the perfect breed dog for your family.
The first thing to consider is whether or not the breed of dog you’re looking at is compatible with your lifestyle.
WHAT SIZE HOME DO YOU HAVE?
Take a moment to consider the environment where you could offer an adopted furry friend. For example, how big is your home and, in particular, how ample is your yard space? Smaller breeds tend to do well in apartments and other small living spaces, while larger breeds require more space to burn off their energy. Keep this in mind when looking for a breed of dog that best fits your home.
WHO WILL BE THE MAIN PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR WALKING, FEEDING & CARING FOR YOUR DOG?
If you’re the main person caring for your dog, you’ll need to ensure that the dog breed will be compatible with your energy levels and lifestyle. However, if others in the home are willing to pitch in with walks and care, then you can consider more active breeds of dogs.
WHAT TYPE OF TEMPERAMENT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Once you’ve considered the size and activity of your home life, it’s time to think about the type of temperament you are looking for in a pet. Consider breeds like Retrievers, Cavaliers, or Golden Retriever mixes; these breeds tend to be friendly and easy-going around people.
It would be best if you also looked into the particular breed you are considering, as some may have certain traits that make them better suited to certain lifestyles. For example, some breeds, like Bulldogs, may be calm and laid back but require more care due to their breathing problems. Which leads us to our next question:
DO YOU HAVE THE BUDGET TO CARE FOR A HIGH-MAINTENANCE PET?
Certain breeds require specific care. For example, what type of grooming does the breed need? What about vet visits and routine health checkups? Do some research on the breed you are looking at and ensure that you have a budget to cover any potential costs.
For example, pugs and french bulldog breeds have notoriously high vet bills due to eye and breathing problems.
WHAT IS YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL?
Some breeds require a lot of activity… like, a lot. For example, are you an outdoor enthusiast who can take your pooch for hikes and long walks? If so, a high-energy breed may be an excellent fit for you. However, if you lead a low-key lifestyle or don’t have the time or energy to keep up with daily exercise, look into getting one of the calmer breeds.
If you’re looking for exercise ideas for your high energy pup, check out one of our previous posts: 4 Unconventional Ways To Exercise With Your Dog.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GUARD DOG?
If you need a dog that can provide protection and security, certain breeds will do better than others. Large dogs such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers have been known to be great guard dogs as they are naturally territorial and have powerful protective instincts. Other breeds like Dobermans, Boxers, and Pit Bulls can also make excellent guard dogs.
DO YOU HAVE (OR WANT) OTHER PETS IN THE HOUSE?
Some breeds are more likely to get along with other animals than others. If you already have pets in the home to which you want to introduce your new pup, then consider breeds known to be sociable and friendly. Breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles tend to do well with other animals.
Finding the right dog breed requires patience, research, and understanding. What works for one family may not work for another, so take your time and ensure you find the perfect fit for your home. Once you’ve found the right breed, remember that all dogs need lots of love, attention, and proper care to thrive. With the right breed chosen and a commitment to providing care, you can ensure a lifetime of happy memories with your furry friend!