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Things to Consider When Choosing Dog Breed

Posted Jan 19, 2017 in Dog Tips

Choosing a new dog to bring into your family is a huge and challenging decision. Dogs are a big responsibility. Not only is every dog breed different, but so is every individual dog. Each dog has their own unique personality that makes them who they are. When you’re choosing a dog, you need to be sure the dog is a good fit for you. But on top of that, you need to be a good fit for the dog. Here are a some of the main things to consider when deciding what breed to bring into your home!

Personality

Every breed has different overall traits. These traits describe a dog’s overall personality and temperament. You need to find a dog whose personality matches up with who you are and what you want in a dog. Some breeds are inherently aggressive, while others are more naturally friendly. If you want a family dog in a home with children, you probably want to lean toward a friendly breed. Some of the characteristics that you might want to take into account are:

  • Aggression and protectiveness
  • Energy and activity level
  • Playfulness
  • Intelligence
  • Loyalty
  • Compatibility with other animals

Some of these may be more important you than others. For example, if you already have a dog, you’re going to heavily weight whether the breed you’re getting will get along with your current pup. You can read up or ask breeders what breeds have which characteristics, but the best way to learn is to spend time with the dog. Dogs within a breed can obviously vary in traits, but puppies are the most “true” to the breeds characteristics. However, the younger the puppy, the easier it is to condition them to proper socialization.

Size

This may seem obvious, but size is very important when deciding what dog you want. If you live in a smart apartment or don’t have a backyard, you should probably lean toward getting a smaller breed, such as Chihuahuas, Maltese, or Toy Poodles. If you have a house with more space and a big yard, bigger dogs, like German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers, would be great fits. Having a smaller dog doesn’t make the dog less work. But you need to be sure you’re providing your dog with enough space and room to be active and move around if that is what they need.

Time, Energy, and Money

Every dog has a variety of things they need no matter what. They need a bed, toys, a collar and leash, vaccinations and vet visits, food, bowls, grooming supplies, crates, and more depending on the type of dog. Certain breeds are prone to some diseases or health issues which may cost you time and money down the road. You need to decide how much money you are willing to put into keeping your pup happy and healthy.

Needs of Home

Whether you have a family or live with roommates, you have to think about the people living with you when picking a breed. If you have children, small dogs are not a great choice since kids play with them like toys. If you have different people coming in and out frequently, some aggressive breeds may not react well to this. You should also address any allergies anyone in your home may have before you bring home the dog. Not only do you need to think about the present but also the future. Dogs are a long term commitment. Think about where you will be in 5-7 years and take into account the needs of your future self as well.

Overall, picking a breed to welcome into your home in a challenging decision. Don’t rush into it. Take your time, do your research, and think everything over until you feel confident in your decision. This dog will be in your life for a long time, so you want to be sure it is the one for you! Good luck!

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