Getting a new dog is a very exciting time, but it’s a decision that should never be taken too lightly, after all they are going to be a part of your family for a very long time. Another thing you need to consider is which breed would best suit your lifestyle because some dogs are more demanding than others. You have to take your time and do as much research as you can before deciding which would be best for you.
Looks Aren’t Everything
It’s all too easy to fall in love with a dog’s looks without really knowing anything about their characters and the amount of exercise they need to stay happy and healthy. Then of course, there’s the all-important training which some breeds need throughout their lives – Dobermans being a prime example!
If you are more of a “couch potato” sort of person, sharing your home with a Border Collie could be a recipe for disaster because these dogs need a ton of exercise and masses of mental stimulation to be truly happy. But all is not lost because there are plenty of “laid back” canine characters out there that would be more than happy to cuddle up on the sofa watching television rather than being out and about traipsing around the countryside!
Laid Back or Hyper?
Breeds like the Bichon Frise are the perfect choice if you live in an apartment in town and as long as they get their twice daily walks, these little characters are great fun to have around. They are among the cutest and happiest little dogs on the planet and they’ll keep you entertained for hours.
If you’ve set your heart on sharing your home with a larger canine companion and a dog that boasts a quieter and more laid-back nature, a Shar Pei might fit the bill perfectly because these guys enjoy a more sedentary lifestyle than other more active breeds.
For a livelier companion the list is long, with some breeds being much happier the busier they are. Being in the great outdoors is something they relish no matter what the weather is doing. Good choices include most Terriers and Spaniels because there’s nothing they enjoy more than exploring areas and chasing down new scents with their noses.
Girl or Boy?
Whether you get a male or a female dog is really just a matter of personal choice although having a bitch spayed is a lot more expensive than having a male dog neutered which is something you need to bear in mind if you’ve made your mind up on getting a puppy.
Pedigree or Mixed Breed?
There are some really gorgeous mixed breeds around and masses of pedigree dogs. Again, it’s really a matter of personal choice although mongrels tend to suffer less from hereditary disorders unlike their pedigree counterparts.
A Last Thought
Each and every breed has good and bad points. Our canine friends all have their own unique personalities. The most important thing is that you contact a reputable breeder who does their best to produce healthy, well socialised puppies they are proud of. If you decide you’d like to adopt an older rescue dog, it’s important to find out as much as you can about their background which is not always that easy. But most of all, you need to be prepared to spend as much time as you can with your new pet so you start building a strong bond that will last a lifetime.