How Do I Choose the Right Breed of Dog for Me?
Knowing which breed of dog to choose can be a tough task. There's a lot of factors to consider like your home and lifestyle which will determine your dog's happiness. Consider the following when considering your choice of breed.
Is my home big enough for a dog?
Almost definitely. While some dogs need a big yard to run around in and burn energy, many are happy hanging out inside with you. Some dogs are more than happy to live in apartments, but it's important to know which breeds don't need a big yard to play in.
Some dogs that don't need a lot of space are:
- Yorkshire terriers
- Cavalier King Charles spaniels
- Miniature daschunds
While these dogs are happy living inside, it's still important to take care of their exercise needs with walks and socialising with neighbours and their pets.
Which dogs are okay home alone?
Your work schedule is super important when choosing a dog to bring into your home. Some breeds of dogs require constant interaction with humans or other pets and others are happy to be left home alone.
Some independent dog breeds are:
- Lhasa Apso
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Senior dogs
Some of the most popular dogs like Labrador Retrievers don't appreciate being left alone all day and may not be suited to your schedule. If you can't avoid being away from home for longer periods of time, it might be an idea to get your dog a friend or to look into toys and puzzles to keep them occupied.
Which dogs are best for new owners?
Becoming a dog owner for the first time is super exciting and probably a bit daunting. Every dog is a unique individual but certain breeds may be easier than others to work with and willing to learn.
Here's some breeds which may be better suited for beginners:
- Yorkshire terrier
These breeds are commonly suited due to their willingness to learn and their more predictable disposition. In comparison, first time owners might like to avoid breeds like Australian cattle dogs and Airedale terriers.
Because every dog is different and some have a questionable idea of a good time, contact our animal behavioural specialist or read more about our services.
Both new and experienced dog owners should consider puppy school if adopting a puppy, talk to us to find out more.
Are different breeds of dogs more prone to health risks?
Sadly, certain breeds of dogs are more prone to certain health conditions due to their inherited genes and conditions.
While all dogs are susceptible to health risks, you should consider the specific health risks when considering which breed is right for you and your home.
For instance, if you live in a hot climate, you may consider avoiding dogs with breathing problems like pugs and Boston terriers as they can't cool themselves down as effectively as their long nosed friends.
Comparatively, if you live in a particularly cold climate, you may wish to consider avoiding dogs which are more prone to arthritis like labradors or golden retrievers.
If you ever have any questions about your dog's health, don't hesitate to call us or bring your friend in for a check-up.
Consider the factors mentioned above and which breed might be best for your home and family. While all dogs are amazing and easy to fall in love with, you should continue your research before taking on a new member of your family.
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