Okay we all agree a dog is man’s best friend, but that doesn’t change the fact that some dog breeds are better suited for certain people than others. Spending a few minutes getting caught up to speed on choosing a dog breed that best fits your lifestyle can save you quite a few future headaches and frustrations. After all, adopting a puppy should be a life time commitment, shouldn’t it? No fear, with these five tips in mind you will be laying the ground work for a match made in heaven!
Perfect Dog For Me
1. When choosing a dog, size definitely matters.
Take a good look at your home and put some serious thought into how much room your dog will have to roam around in when full-grown. Consider the size of the yard, if any, the living space inside where your dog will be spending plenty of time, how much space you have for a dog crate if you use one and so on.
Smaller spaces are better suited for small breeds like Pekingese, Poodles, Chihuahuas, Pomeranian’s and so on. Large spaces are great for German Shepherd’s, Dobermans, Huskies, Rottweilers and other bigger pets. There’s plenty of room in between too, of course! The main thing is that you don’t try to force a larger breed into a small space where they are very likely to grow frustrated and unhappy.
2. Look at Exercise Requirements.
It can’t be stressed enough that when choosing a dog breed that in the need to exercise not all breeds are created equal! This is an important factor when considering how to choose the right dog. Do you get up and run every day or really enjoy long regular walks with your faithful companion by your side? Or are you away from the house working long hours and more inclined to spend your time home relaxing? Either way there’s dog breeds that will fit and be pleased with your lifestyle.
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Here’s a few examples of more active breeds who require plenty of exercise: English Seter Labrador Retriever, Australian Shepherd, Siberian Husky and the always lovable Collie. Dog breeds more content in the house and an occasional trip to the yard includes: the Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, Bichon Frise, and let’s not forget the Dachshund. Yes, in case you noticed smaller dog breeds often require less exercise than larger dog breeds. They are quite capable of running around the house and playing whenever they like!
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3. The Bark Factor.
Dogs bark, it’s unavoidable. Some dogs do bark a lot more and some dogs bark much less which is what you need to think about when selecting the right breed for you. Do you live in a quiet apartment complex where a dog who barks often may disturb your elderly neighbors? Or are you in a neighborhood where your dog barking at strangers is something that would be helpful as a “security alarm” of sorts? This is an area that many forget to consider while puppy shopping and can cause some concerns that could have been easily avoided.
Dogs that love to bark include German Shepherds, Doberman Pinchers and Rottweilers. Examples of dogs that prefer to keep silent, in most cases are Beagles (who will sometimes bay rather than however), and the Basenji. Keep in mind, smaller dogs will generally bark less loudly than larger breeds.
4. Weigh Grooming Needs.
Do you find a dog shedding to be very troublesome? If so then choosing a short haired dog breed is a better fit for your lifestyle. If you don’t mind (or even enjoy) brushing your pet and spending the extra time to be sure they are well groomed a longer haired dog breed is fine for you!
5. Bring a Check List with you When You Look for your Pet.
This last tip is one that you would do well not to forget! It’s human nature to be won over by the first set of puppy eyes that lock in on ours and opens their soul to us. This doesn’t mean that the adorable little fur ball is the perfect dog for me or you and fits to a particular home or lifestyle. The goal is for both of you to be as happy as possible and to experience life’s adventures together. Keep your check list of dog breed requirements with you and be sure to consult it to be sure the two of you are a great fit. You are very likely to be glad you did!
Thanks for reading and good luck choosing a dog breed that best fits your lifestyle. Years of fun and unconditional love await!