Dogs are called humans best friends, and as long as we choose the breed suitable to our lifestyle, and needs, we will surely agree with the statement. Dogs can sense our emotions, and they will never give us an angry look without a reason. Their love is as unconditional as their honesty. Read these 10 tips to find the dog breed that suits you best, and enjoy the best adventure of your life.
# 1 Temperament
Read or talk to reputable dog breeders, and don’t trust the stereotypes on what temperament a breed has. Many bully breeds may seem aggressive to you, but actually, they may make wonderful pets with less aggression than those breeds usually considered as “friendly ones”.
#2 Family situation
If you feel you want your child to raise together with a dog, make sure you choose Golden Retriever, Labrador, or boxers, who are amazing with kids. With allergies in your family, buy an Afgan Hound, Bedlington Terrier, or American Hairless Terrier.
#3 Free space
Great Danes, Retrieves, or German Shepherds are big breeds, and require a lot of space at home, and outside in the garden. If your flat is small, choose Maltese, Toy Poodles, or Chihuahuas, but still ensure they have enough amount of activity and care.
#4 Activity level
If you have no time for a long walk every day, don’t choose dog breeds which need to be active, like Husky, or Alaskan. There are some breeds which are couch potatoes, and which will be happy to spend time alone sleeping. You may choose Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Bulldog, or Miniature Pinscher.
Labrador, Golden Retriever, or Border Collie, are the top best trainable dogs, which easily learn new tricks and commands. They’re the happiest when trained, so if you lack time, don’t even think about having the breeds. Rather go for a Dachshund, or a French Bulldog.
#6 Coat shedding
Choosing a high-shedding dog needs a lot of brushing, and you will spend long hours a week vacuuming and sweeping. The top three high-shedding breeds are Great Pyrenees, Alaskan Malamute, and German Shepherd. If you’re not a fan of vacuuming, choose a Chinese Crested, or Coton de Tulear.
#7 Grooming budget
Airedale Terriers, Pekingese, and Old English Sheepdogs’ hair will cover their eyes if you take too long between grooming. Any mats or tangles need to be teased out or cut out regularly to make their hair look healthy. If your budget is not ready for this, it may be better for you to buy an Akita, a groundhog, or an Ibizan Hound.
#8 Noise level
With lots of neighbors nearby, or in a block of flats, you have to be aware how noisy a breed is. Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds protect their families by producing booming bark. Siberian Huskies are really talkative, miming human talk, and howling. It’s better to own a Basenji, a Pug, or a Japanese Chin then.
#9 Health risks
Some breads fall ill more often than others, and have shortened life expectancy. Bulldogs and Pugs often suffer from breathing problems due to their short noses. Dogs of giant size, such as Great Danes, Mastiffs, or Labradors may have problems with joints and bones, that’s why in the future they may not be able to walk up the stairs. Mix-breeds are usually healthier than any other breeds.
#10 Work they need to do
Some breeds are working dogs, which means they need a job to do. Ignoring breeds natural needs, such as being chasing, tracing, or guarding may even lead to depression.
A German Shepherd or a Labrador are great as service dogs, so give them some jobs as your home assistants. Beagles, Golden Retrievers, or Labradors love tracing, so any tracing games outside or at home are necessary. Check the breed you would like to buy beforehead, to make sure you can take care of its special needs.