How To Choose a Dog Breed That’s Right For You

by Anne-Marie Smith

If you are planning on getting a dog for your family, then you want to make sure you choose a dog that’s right for you. You’ll have a lot of decisions to make, including which size dog to get, which type of coat your dog should have, and which temperament the dog should have. This article will help you determine the best type of dog to get for your family.

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Deciding between a large or small dog

large vs small dog

The size of the dog you choose will depend on several important factors. Remember, a medium-size dog is always an option and sometimes they can be the perfect compromise. Consider the following factors to decide which size of dog may fit your needs the best:

The size of your home

If you live in a home with a fenced back yard, then the size of your home won’t be quite as important. However, if your dog isn’t going to have access to a fenced-in yard, then you should consider this when deciding on size. If you are in a small apartment, then you aren’t going to have room for a large dog with pent up energy to burn. In this case, you’ll have better luck going for a smaller breed.

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The ages of your children

If your children are teenaged or older, then you are pretty much good to go with any size dog. However, if you have very small children, then you’ll want to stay away from the smaller, more fragile dogs. A young child won’t know to be careful around a small dog. To them, it’s no different than a stuffed animal and this can lead to the dog being seriously injured. Also, if your child does hurt the dog, then it may bite your child in self-defense. Larger dogs won’t get hurt as easily and they can free themselves from your child to move to safety.

Your hobbies and interests

You will, of course, want a dog that can blend right in with you and the family. You’ll want it to become a family companion that can go with you on some, if not all, of the various excursions all of you, like to enjoy. Considering your hobbies and interests can really help you end up with the right size dog. If you like to go on a lot of hikes, then a larger dog will be better. A large dog will be able to keep up with you, where a smaller dog will get winded trying to keep up with all of you and you may end up carrying it. If you like to take road trips and stay in hotels, then you may find a smaller dog to be the better choice. They will fit in the car with the family and all the luggage easier. Plus, a small dog will be much easier to share a small hotel room with than a large dog.

Your intention for getting the dog

If you want a dog to keep you company and cuddle on your lap while you watch TV, then you’ll obviously want to go with a smaller breed of dog. If you want a dog to help secure your home and scare away anyone threatening, then you’ll be better off going with a larger and more threatening-looking dog with a deeper bark.

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Deciding on a long hair or short hair

long hair vs short hair dog

You’ll want to choose a dog that has a coat that works for your family. Otherwise, you can find yourself having a hard time accommodating your dog’s needs. The following information should help you decide on the right type of coat for your dog:

The climate where you live

You’ll want to consider your climate when choosing the right coat for the dog you get. If you live in a hot climate and your dog will be spending a fair amount of time outdoors, then you may want to stay away from dogs with very thick coats like Alaskan Malamutes. On the other hand, if you live in a very cold climate and you don’t have great heating in your home, then you’ll probably want to go with a dog that has a thicker coat than a Chihuahua.

The amount of grooming you want to take on

If you are okay with spending a good deal of time grooming your dog, then you can go with any coat and be okay. Also, if you are willing and able to pay to have your dog professionally groomed on a regular basis, then you can still go with any coat you decide you like. However, if you want more of a hassle-free dog that you don’t have to worry about with regards to its coat, then you’ll want to stay away from the longer coats, the curly coats, and the coats known for doing a lot of shedding.

Deciding on the temperament of the dog

dog temperament

You’ll want to choose a dog that has the temperament that’s going to work for you as well. This is the best way to make sure that the dog is going to blend in with the household and grow to become a part of the family. The following factors will help you to choose a dog that’s going to have the right personality for your wants and needs:

Low energy and high energy comparison

Getting a dog that matches your lifestyle and its surroundings with regards to its energy level is also very important. If you live in a house with a lot of knick-knacks and your house is a pretty calm one, then a high energy dog will likely drive you crazy. If you have a lot of energy and you want a dog who’s going to be able to keep up with you, jog around the block with you, play catch for hours on end and be a good fit for active children, then you’ll want to check into the breeds known for having plenty of energy.

Friendly dog vs protective dog

You may think that you have to go with an overly friendly breed if you have children. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. You’ll want to go with a breed known for being of sound mind and easy to train when you have kids. However, dogs raised around kids are generally fine with them. Of course, you always want to be cautious and watchful with any dog around children. If you are looking for a dog to protect your family and your possessions, then you should consider a breed that’s been bred to be protective. A German Shepherd is a good example of a dog that can be great with the kids, then turn around and protect your house.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you have a better idea of what to look for when you are deciding on the type of dog for your family, you’ll have a better chance of getting one that fits right into your family, home and lifestyle.

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