Need to know how to choose a dog breed? Choosing a dog breed is not as simple as seeing a dog you like and getting it. There are important factors that must be taken into consideration before choosing a breed. This is really a big decision, before jumping headfirst into it; take a few minutes to find out the basics of choosing a dog breed.
- Figure out why you want a dog. If you’re looking for a dog to keep grandma company, you probably won’t choose a Rottweiler, and if you’re looking for a dog to protect the family you’re not going to buy a Yorkie. When you are choosing a dog breed, keep in mind the purpose. Whether it’s for protection, companionship, a new addition to the family or a gift for a child, you want to choose the best dog possible. Make sure to do some research into what dog breeds best serve what purpose.
- Decide what qualities you want your dog to have. Do you want a smart dog? Are you looking for a playful dog? Maybe you want a friendly pooch? Dogs have different personalities and that’s important to keep in mind when choosing a dog breed. If you don’t really want to be bothered often you may not want to pick a very playful dog that may need a lot of attention. Do a little research into each breeds personality traits before investing in a dog.
- Keep your family in mind. Large dogs are great and can be really friendly, but they are not ideal when there are babies or small children in the house. Equally, a dog that requires a lot of attention or needs to be walked and groomed often is not a good pick for a family who is always on the go. Consider the type of family you have when choosing a dog breed and make sure the breed you choose fits right into your families’ lifestyle.
- Choose a breed that is easily maintainable. Some people love grooming their dogs themselves while others enjoy trips to the doggie groomer. Then there are people who don’t want to do much more than spray Fido down with a hose. Choose a dog breed that you can easily keep up with grooming. Unless you don’t mind the upkeep, avoid dogs that shed a lot or that need to be cleaned very often.
- Remember the other pets in the house. Some dogs get along great with other pets. Then there are the less friendly canines who don’t share their space so easily. If you have other pets, choose a dog breed that will peacefully coexist with other animals.
- Don’t choose a dog breed you can’t keep up with. Some breeds require a lot more exercise than you may be willing to participate in. Don’t choose a breed of dog that is more active than you. If the dog requires lots of physical exercise, letting him run around the yard won’t suffice.
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