With over 200 dog breeds in the world - you might be wondering where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect one for you! Some breeds are good with children, some are suited for the elderly and others bred for protection, so our guide is here to help you start your search for your new best friend!
Why are you choosing to get a dog?
The first thing to consider when it comes to choosing a dog is why you’re getting one in the first place. For example, if you’re getting a pooch as a friend for the kids, you’ll want to choose a breed that has a friendly nature and is a family dog, such as a Beagle, Collie or Golden Retriever. If you’re looking for companionship in your elder years, it is important to choose a breed that is both affectionate and doesn’t require much exercise to maintain their health like a Pug. If it’s a guard dog you’re after, the most popular breeds include the Boxer, Bullmastiff and German Shepherd - each loyal and loving protectors.
It’s important to consider the size of your dog compared to your living conditions. Do you live in an apartment, studio flat or small house? If so, it would be more practical for you to get a smaller dog as they’ll have much more space to move around. Dachshunds, Pomeranians and the Bichon Frise are all great apartment dogs due to their size.
If you’d prefer a much larger dog, giant breeds include the Great Dane, St Bernard, Newfoundland and English Mastiff. Big dogs can live in small apartments, but you will need to consider their energy levels and make sure they spend enough time doing outdoor activities.
Dogs naturally lose their hair by shedding - and this hair can end up throughout your house! Therefore it is important to think about whether you’re ready to live with fur on your furniture, bed and carpets, or whether you would prefer to get a pooch who sheds less. The amount and frequency that a dog sheds their hair depends on both their health and breed. Breeds that shed often include the Labrador Retriever, Siberian husky and German Shepherd, whilst dogs who malt the least include the Shih Tzu, Poodle and Tibetan Terrier. Whichever type you prefer, all dogs will still require regular grooming.
Best dog breeds for people with allergies
So, you really want a dog but you suffer with an allergy attack whenever you’re around one? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Although no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are some breeds which do well with dog allergy sufferers. For example, some dogs have a non-shedding coat which will reduce the risk of an allergy attack. So, what are these breeds you ask? They would be the Afghan Hound, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Maltese and many more!
When choosing the right breed for you, it is super important to consider your lifestyle as well as the dog’s. For those who have a very busy lifestyle and are at work all day, you should consider the Basset Hound or Greyhound, both the epitomes of low energy. Although both wouldn’t require as much exercise, because they’ve been at home all day you will need to ensure you take them on walks in the evenings and weekends, and that you interact and socialise with them as much as possible when you are home.
If you can stay home with your dog, the breed isn’t so important as you have much more time to take your pooch out and play with them throughout the day.
Choosing the right dog breed for you is a huge thing to think about when you’re looking at adding a four-legged friend to the family. Remember, a dog is for life, so be sure to think about all of the above mentioned categories to ensure you welcome in the perfect pooch for you! If you have any questions, just pop us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*