Best puppy breed for you

So, you and your family have decided to adopt a pup.

Choosing the best dog for you and your family isn’t just a matter of visiting the local pet store and picking the cutest one. There are several factors you should consider before making the decision.

 

First you would need to know what your home situation is like. This includes, do you live in a house or a complex? Could you have a big dog in this living space? Do you have small children? Do you have a lot of space in your yard? Or do you even have a yard? Then once you have answered these questions, you will then know what size dog you would be able to get. You have a lot of different options, you can get a tiny, small, medium, large and extra-large.

Tiny dogs include:

  • Chihuahua
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier

 

Small dogs include:

  • Scottish Terrier
  • Pug
  • Schnauzer
  • Fox Terrier
  • Shetland sheepdog

 

Medium dogs include:

  • Border Collie
  • German Pinscher
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Bull Terrier

 

Large dogs include:

  • Boxers
  • Shar-Pei
  • Golden Retriever
  • Chow Chow

 

Extra-large dogs include:

  • Akita
  • Bullmastiff

 

The next thing you need to consider are those questions; if you do have a yard in your house, but it’s not that large, you would know to go for a dog that doesn’t need that much space to run around. This means that you shouldn’t consider a dog that has a lot of energy. Now you can get a dog that needs a lot of exercise, you could get a jog with is a couch potato or you can get a dog that somewhere in-between. The next thing you would have to do is decide on roughly how long you will be able to dedicate to playing with your puppy. This is because you get breeds of dogs which need more physical playing time than other dogs. Then you would need to decide on how affectionate you would want your pup to be, this is also because you get dogs who like the attention and you get dogs that prefer to be alone for the most of their time.

You must then think about the other pets you may own, some breeds of dogs don’t play well with others. This is especially true when you are adopting a puppy from the shelter which may already have some bad habits, or was used to being an only dog. This could then cause them to clash when you mix this dog with your own dog who may also be used to being alone. This could cause fights due to jealousy. Also, you would need to know that certain breeds are more easily trained than other breeds. So if you’re looking at buying a dog who can follow your every instruction – make sure your chosen breed isn’t a difficult one.

Then with regards to children, some dogs are very protective, so they could see your child as a threat. So you need to ensure that your dog is suited for this situation as this is extremely important. If you know you are a lazy person who needs a dog that isn’t high maintenance, you would look at dogs that don’t need that much grooming. Then finally you would need to consider the climate you live in, if you stay in a freezing place – your top choice isn’t going to be a small breed that isn’t going to sleep inside. At the end of the day, you want a dog that is best suited for you and your family. Saying this, you need to also think about the well-being of the pup as well.

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