How to Find the Perfect Dog Breed For You?

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Not all dog breeds are created equal! So, before you choose a dog be sure to do plenty of research to determine if the breed is right for you. Just as people vary, so do dogs. You’ll find that some have lots of energy and live to serve a purpose, while others like to lie around and sleep all day. Finding one that fits your lifestyle and personality is very important because the majority of dogs live at least 10 years.

Today we will discuss how to find the perfect dog breed for you.

How Active are You?

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This is one of the most important factors that you should consider. Some dog breeds were bred to perform specific jobs, while others were made to be companions for humans. Knowing what purpose your breed of dog should serve will tell you how much exercise the dog needs.

Let’s use a Siberian Husky as the example. Sure, it’s easily one of the prettiest breeds, but they were born to work by pulling sleds. Hence, they don’t make good couch potatoes. Alternatively, the English Bulldog tends to be a rather lazy dog.

What Size Dog Are you Looking For?

Do you prefer a large dog or a small dog? There’s no doubt you have a clear preference, but remember you must take your living conditions into consideration. Let’s face it, if you live in a one-bedroom apartment, a Saint Bernard probably shouldn’t be your first choice of breeds. Also keep in mind if you rent that some landlords have weight limits. For example, no dogs over 35 pounds allowed.

What about Trainability?

Some dog breeds are extremely stubborn and hard to train. So, if you’re wanting to teach your new furry friend lots of tricks, you may want to choose one of the “smarter” breeds. For example, the Standard Poodle and German Shepherd are two of the smartest breeds available. If you start young and remain consistent, these breeds can learn to do anything.

Are They Considered a Dangerous Breed?

It’s sad, but there are certain breeds that have been deemed “dangerous” by home insurance companies. Owning one can raise your premium or even get your insurance cancelled. Be sure to check with your individual insurance company to see if the breed you’ve chosen is acceptable.
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Hypoallergenic?

There are many people who are allergic to dogs but still want to own one. In this case, their best bet is to choose a hypoallergenic dog breed. These dogs have “hair” rather than fur. Some breeds include: Bichon Frise, Poodle, Maltese, Schnauzer, and more.

Do you Currently Have Other Pets?

If you have smaller, more vulnerable animals in your home such as ferrets and cats, you may want to keep that in mind when choosing a breed. Some breeds have higher prey drives than others. This means that they will go after smaller creatures. Though you always have a chance to train this out of your dog if you raise it from a puppy, that doesn’t mean their instincts won’t kick in one day.

How Will You Exercise the Dog?

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How much free time per day do you have to dedicate to exercise? Do you have a fenced yard? Will the dog go on several long walks per day? Every dog needs a certain amount of exercise for good mental health. A dog that’s under-exercised can develop behavioral problems such as barking and chewing. To keep your dog mentally stimulated, he should be walked regularly and provided plenty of exercise each day.

In the end, having a dog is a very rewarding experience! They give love and expect nothing but the same in return. However, it’s not something that you should take lightly. Spend time researching the different breeds to see which one was made for you!

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