Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Breed

If you are in the market for a pet, perhaps for the first time, it pays to do your homework on the different breeds beforehand so you can choose one that will fit in with your and your family’s lifestyle.

With almost 200 recognized dog breeds around the world, it can be difficult to know where to begin. In this article, we have put together some useful tips to help you make the right decision when choosing your canine companion.

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1. Personality Types

Dogs are known to be loyal and faithful companions as well as being energetic, curious and playful creatures that are always ready to greet their masters after a long day at work. It might surprise you then to learn that dogs, just like humans, have unique and distinct personalities which can be seen as early as puppyhood.

Just as you would gauge compatibility in a partner or housemate, the same should go for you furry friend. Are you looking for an active and energetic breed like a Yorkshire Terrier or a German Shepherd, or one that is more reserved and prefers to curl up with you such as Basset Hound or St. Bernard?

2. Size

Dogs vary greatly in size ranging from miniature Siberian Huskies to Newfoundlands. It’s important to consider your living situation and the size of your home before choosing a dog. Do you live in a spacious house in the suburbs or a studio apartment in a city center? Smaller living spaces are ideal for smaller breeds like Shih Tzus and Pomeranians, while larger spaces with backyards can accommodate bigger dogs such as Border Collies, Great Danes and Labradors.

As well as your home situation, consider the size of your car, access to a backyard or park and any young children in your family.

3. Activity Levels

Factor in your activity levels before buying a dog. Are you more of a homebody who likes to stay indoors and take things easy or would you rather spend your free time climbing mountains and running marathons? If you are a sports enthusiast or love the great outdoors, a working dog breed such as a Rhodesian Ridgeback or Australian Shepherd can make the perfect training partner.

Perhaps you would like a pet dog to help you adjust your lifestyle to prioritize your health by going on regular walks each day. Whatever your requirements, make sure you buy a breed that matches your fitness goals and activity levels.

4. Grooming Needs

Some breeds of dogs require more grooming than others. This might entail frequent brushing of their coat or for more high maintenance dogs, regular appointments with a professional groomer.

For example, Afghan Hounds have a magnificent coat that requires regular brushing to maintain their beautiful, flowing hair. Puli and Komodors with their thick, corded coats require considerable grooming to prevent them from becoming matted. On the other hand, breeds such as Weimaraners, Doberman Pinschers and Italian Greyhound need the least amount of grooming. Make sure you research the individual needs of your selected breed beforehand.

With these four tips, you can prepare yourself for choosing the dog breed that is right for you.

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