Are you thinking, which dog breed is right for me? Choosing the right dog breed to suit you, your family, your home, your energy levels and your lifestyle is SO important. Putting the time and effort into researching this and finding the perfect dog for you and your family will really help to set you up for success. Start out on a good note. You and your dog will be better off for it.
One of the main reasons dogs end up in shelters is because people rush into the decision of getting a dog based on looks or availability without actually researching the breed. I do believe that all breeds are trainable and I don’t love giving stereotypes to certain breeds. In saying that, different breeds were bred for different reasons so they do have some inbuilt characteristics that can help us determine if that dog will be suitable for you and your family. If you want to know more about the breed groups and which breed sits in each group, click here.
You also need to think about some of the characteristics that are important to you and your family.
These are just a few of the factors that will help determine what breed of dog you choose.
- Big dog, medium dog or small dog
- Long hair or short hair
- Active dog, medium energy or lazy dog
- Do you have a big garden, small garden or no garden
- Do you want a puppy or an adult dog
- Do you have children /grandchildren or no children
- Do you want a pure-breed or mix-breed
- Do you have allergies?
- Lots of grooming or minimal grooming
- Easy to train or not so easy to train
My Aunty is a great example of choosing the wrong breed for their lifestyle. She always loved Border Collies because her sister-in-law had always had them and more than anything she loved the way they looked. One day she decided to bring one home. After a few months of being at work and leaving the puppy at home, the poor thing got so bored and stressed, in an attempt to release some energy it ran around and around causing a figure 8 to be engrained in their garden!! Those breeds are bred to work and to herd – their minds need to be kept active with tasks to keep them busy and they need lots of room to run around. Unfortunately, they realised they couldn’t cope and had to give the puppy away.
Jase and I have chosen to get a Golden Retriever. We have put a lot of thought into this. We both love big dogs. Plus we are newlyweds and will want to start a family in the next couple of years – so our biggest prerequisite was that we found a breed that is known to be great with children. In saying that, we know that we will need to put a lot of work into training in those early days. We have a medium-sized garden. We both love exercise and we live very close to 3 beautiful dog-friendly parks! Plus – I fell in love with my Uncles Golden, Diesel, he has the most beautiful temperament I have ever met in a dog!
The biggest message I want you to take from this post is don’t just choose a dog because you like the way it looks. Please make sure to do your research and find a breed that matches you and your families environment, lifestyle and energy levels. There are lots of websites that can help you select the right breed for you and your family. But please feel free to get in touch with me, I am always more than happy to help.