How to know which breed of dog will get the most out of your lifestyle
Choosing which dog breed to go for is a big deal: after all, you’re welcoming in a new member of the family!
And it’s just as important to consider how your lifestyle will work for them, as well as the other way around.
After all, you want your new pup to thrive, so there’s plenty of factors to think about.
In short, yes. But, according to the experts, some types of dogs have earned unfair reputations, so it’s important to do your research.
Pitbulls, for example, get a bad rap, but dog training expert William Berloni says this is because of irresponsible owners. These great dogs deserve to have devoted, caring owners who are worthy of their intense loyalty, he says.
It’s not just personality to take into account, though, but a whole host of factors.
We’ve put together a few to take some of the mystery out of choosing the best dog breed for your family.
Have you got children?
As any parents will know, the kids rule the roost, and there are certainly types of dogs that are more kiddy-friendly than others.
Labradors, Newfoundlands and Golden Retrievers are all renowned for their lovable, gentle natures, which make them perfect playmates for your kids!
However, when doing your research, it’s important to think about the energy-levels and idiosyncrasies of your family, as there are some breeds that may surprise you!
Standard Poodles, for example, are smart and gentle, and great for children with allergies. Or Bulldogs, who are sturdy and tolerant, but who’s lower energy levels means they don’t need a lot of space.
It all starts in the home
Your home is going to become the epicentre of your new pup’s universe, so it’s essential to make sure it’s well suited.
Bigger dogs need a lot of exercise, and should have access to a big garden and pet-friendly parks in the neighbourhood.
No matter the type of dog, your pooch needs plenty of TLC.
Consider your lifestyle, and whether you’re going to have time to exercise, play with and just hang out with your new pup. Remember, dogs thrive on love and a regular schedule!
Grooming and maintenance
Owning a dog is always a commitment, but some require a little more attention than others.
Pups with curly or long hair, like beagles, need more grooming, so for time-poor families or kids who are taking charge of doggy-care, use your local dog groomer.
Some breeds, like Great Danes, require extra care to make sure they are comfortable and injury free, so make sure you’re ready to commit to this level of attention.
Think about your furniture, and how much you value it being hair-free. This simple question can help you narrow down your selection to find the best dog breed for your home.
Mixed vs purebred
A common misconception is that mix-breeds, or mutts, are ‘lower quality’ dogs. This is a long-standing argument in the dog-owners world, but each certainly has its own benefits!
Mixed-breed pooches can be more adaptable to new environments, and are less likely to carry inherited congenital diseases.
With this in mind, being open to getting a mix-breed pooch means you’ll have far more choice if you’re looking to rescue a pup.
Though their breed can tell you a lot, there’s no one best dog breed for you and your family. Spend time to find a pup whose personality feels right for you, and involve the whole family in the process.
Big or small, long-haired or short, your pup is a family member for life.