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How To Decide What Dog Breed is Best For You

Published: January 17, 2024
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Adding a new furry family member to the mix is always a fun and exciting adventure. Unfortunately, though, it can turn into a stressful disaster if you don't choose the right kind of dog to meet your family's needs. Researching different dog breeds to learn about their temperaments and needs is vital for choosing the right pet for your family.

Decide Between a Puppy and an Adult Dog

Puppies are cute and are often what people imagine when they decide to add a dog to the family. However, puppies take a lot of time to train and are often quite stressful in their younger months. Only consider adopting a puppy if you are at home often and have the time to put into training. If you do decide to adopt a puppy, ensure you have plenty of dog treats, such as Buddy Biscuits Whole Grain Soft & Chewy Dog Treats in Bacon & Cheese Flavors. You'll need them to train your puppy to sit, potty outside, and more. If you don't have time to train a puppy, consider finding an adult dog at a shelter, as many of them are already trained and know basic commands.

Think About the Dog's Size

A dog's size is important when choosing the right breed for your family. If you live in an apartment or small house, it's better to stick to a small or medium-sized breed such as Pomeranians or Dachshunds. Keep in mind that your space doesn't only need to be big enough for the dog itself but for all of its accessories. For example, it will be hard to fit a Carlson 36 Extra Tall Walk-Thru Dog Gate With Pet Door in your apartment, which means a large dog probably isn't a good idea. On the other hand, it's perfect if you own a larger home. 

Consider the Dog's Activity Levels

How high-energy is your household? If you prefer to spend your evenings and weekends in front of the television, consider a low-energy breed that loves to cuddle, such as Pugs or Basset Hounds. If you prefer to spend your free time exercising, hiking, or enjoying outdoor activities, think about purchasing a high-energy dog like a Golden Retriever or German Shepherd. Regardless of the dog's activity levels, you'll need to take him out sometimes. This means you'll need a strong leash like the Guardian Gear Reflective Paracord Dog Leash in Pink

Pick a Breed That Likes Kids

If you have children in the home, especially young ones, you need to pay close attention to which breed you choose. While any breed can be good with kids, some of them are easier going than others when it comes to dealing with their antics. Beagles and Newfoundlands are two breeds that do especially well with children. Of course, it is also important to teach your children how to spend time with pets without pulling on them or jumping on them. 

Look at Your Schedule

If you spend a lot of time out of the house for work or running errands, consider the type of dog breed you get. Many dog breeds get separation anxiety when they spend too much time alone, even if they're crated and have comfort items with them. Some dog breeds are more independent than others, including Afghan Hounds and Scottish Terriers. Regardless of what breed you have, consider a PetSafe 4 Way Locking Cat & Dog Door, which allows your pets to go in and out when needed, even if you aren't home. 

Understand the Amount of Grooming Necessary

Some dogs need a lot more grooming care than others. If you get a long-haired breed, such as a Saint Bernard, expect to use a Pet Life Gyrater Swivel Travel Silicone Massage Grooming Dog Brush a couple of times a week. If you prefer a dog with less grooming needs, look into short-haired breeds. Pitbulls are an excellent choice as they're energetic, tend to love kids, and are usually readily available in shelters.  

Look at the Dog's History

If you're purchasing a dog from a breeder, it's important to know his history. This includes meeting his parents, learning about his health history, and asking about temperament expectations. It's also a good idea to ask if you're adopting from a shelter. While the history may be cloudier, the people who work with him in the shelter can provide more information about his temperament and how he may handle kids, walking on leashes, or traveling in the car. 

Choose the Right Seller

When going to a breeder, look for one that has a good reputation in the community. The parents should be on the premises, and the dogs should be healthy, clean, and have access to food and water. Avoid breeders with prices that seem too good to be true, as it could mean the dogs weren't bred responsibly and may have health issues. Even if you are going to a shelter, it's a good idea to do your research. Choose one where dogs get plenty of outside time, that has large enough cages for the dog's sizes, and that offers shots or spay and neuter services to ensure your pet is ready to come home.

Bringing a dog or puppy into your home is an exciting time. Ensure it's safe, healthy, and responsible for the whole family by keeping these things in mind as you choose the right dog for your household. 

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