Choosing a dog breed that is right for you and your family will all depend on your budget, lifestyle, and a variety of other things that we will be discussing within this article. While a poodle may be right for your friend, a Stafford Terrier may be the right breed for you – today, we are going to give you 7 tips on knowing which dog breed is right for you …
The Dog Breed Selection Process
Tip Number One: What Size Should You Get?
The size of the dog that is right for you will depend on a variety of things – for starters, what is your living situation? If you live in an apartment, then you probably shouldn’t go for a Great Dane. However, on the same note, you shouldn’t let the size of the dog fool you, because this doesn’t equate to the amount of exercise the dog requires. As a general rule, smaller dogs, such as Scottish Terriers, have a tendency to be more hyper. Yes, big dogs also require exercise, but at the same time, they have a tendency to be a little lazier and yes, every dog, regardless of the size, requires a whole lot of attention.
If you own an apartment – are you willing to walk up and down your stair throughout the day in order to take your dog out? There are some owners that turn to pee pads to train their puppy, instead of taking them outside, but doing this will only give them the impression that it is okay for them to use the potty inside.
If you live in a rural area – where will the dog spend most of its time? For example, if you go for a Pomeranian, it could turn into a groomer’s worst nightmare with stuff dirt and stuff tangled in its long hair.
Once you figure out which size you should get, go ahead and look at the breeds within that category, then move forward to the next tips.
Tip Number Two: What’s Your Lifestyle Like?
All dogs, regardless of the breed, love the outdoors and enjoy physical activity, but you will need to be able to provide a certain amount of activity for certain breeds. Many say they enjoy physically active dogs, such as a Dalmatian, but they require an hour of exercise each day. If you love outdoor activities, then an active dog is great for you, but if you have a tendency to stay in the house, you need to find a dog that has a similar temperament.
Tip Number Three: Affordability
The cost of a dog isn’t the only price you’re looking at – you need to know how much money you can afford to spend on the dog each month. Large breeds are a bit more expensive than small breeds, because they eat more food and some apartments will not accept them. Not only do purebred dogs cost more money, but they’re also the dogs that have genetic tendencies to certain health problems – mixed dog breeds, on the other hand, are not as susceptible. Either way you go, sit down, have a look at your budget and see if you can afford the healthcare, food and grooming so that you will have an idea on what you can spend on a dog.
Tip Number Four: What Will Your Dog’s Job be?
Every dog needs to have a job, what will your dog’s job be? This is something you need to consider when you’re looking for the breed that will fit your needs. Do you need a dog for:
- A Companion
- Home or Office Security
- Playmate for the Children
- Therapy Dog
- Hunting or Search and Rescue
For example, if you need a hunting or search and rescue dog, a Bloodhound would be a great choice. If you need a home or office security dog, a German shepherd would be useful, while a Stafford Terrier would be a great companion. When looking for the best breed that will suit your needs, decide what you need the dog for, then research breeds within that category.
Tip Number Five: Do You Have Much Experience with Dogs?
Some dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, are great for first time dog owners. On the other hand, other breeds, like the Dalmatian would be best for someone who is experienced with dogs. So, when you’re picking out the dog breed, make sure you take your experience with dogs into consideration.
Tip Number Six: What’s Your Schedule Like?
Your dog will require a good amount of exercise and attention. Breeds such as the Fox Terrier, for example, will require a lot of activity and as much as three hours of exercise each day. A breed like the Great Dane would be great if your schedule is tight, because they only require a half hour walk each time.
Tip Number Seven: The Temperament of the Breed
What type of temperament do you and your family have? The dog breed you choose should have a similar temperament to you. If you have children that are outgoing, then a dog breed that has a friendly and approachable temperament would be best. Before making the final decision, the entire family should go meet the dog. If you are choosing a dog that is intended for your children, you need to sit down with them and talk about the different dog breeds – let them know the level of commitment and care you expect from them.
Other factors you need to consider include:
- Your family members
- The size of your yard
- The size of your house
- Does anyone in your family have allergies to dogs? Some breeds, such as the Havanese are hypoallergenic. Other breeds, like the Tamaskan have a tendency to be heavy shedders.
These 7 tips can be used to help find the breed that is right for you and your family. Remember, a dog, regardless of the breed, will require time, and a lot of affection, so it is important to make sure you are ready for that responsibility.