What Matters The Most
Choosing A Dog Breed
Can I be totally honest with you?
There’s no perfect dog breed. Choosing a dog breed is like choosing a mate. You’ll love the great personalities and learn to live with the rest.
That’s common. What matters is having a green light check on factors and traits that you want in a dog. We looked into many factors, and we believe there are 6 factors that stand up to determine the type of dog breed that you want.
In fact, lots of dog owners and breeders swear on these factors. Let’s dive right in.
Ask yourself these questions?… Do you have time for the dog? How much time will you allocate to this dog every day? Or, do you have people at home that will look after the dog while you’re away?
Have answers to those questions before deciding whether you need a dog or not. There are two groups of dogs:
- Low energy dogs
- High energy dogs
Each these dogs will need time and attention. Let’s look at the characteristics of each group.
Characteristics of high energy Dog Breeds
- If left alone, these dogs get into trouble or cause a distraction.
- These dogs need to use most of their energy
- Not better companion for small children
- Perfect if you have hobbies for them like hiking, Flyball and etc.
- Time is something that you need to create for them
- Great if you have a backyard or bigger home
Example: Siberian Huskies, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever
Characteristics of Low energy dogs
- Minimal time and attention
- Great when you have little toddlers and elderly around
- Perfect for person living in apartments
- Require little
Examples: Bichon Frise, Chihuahua, Bullmastiff, Yorkshire terrier
The age of the dog matters a lot. Do you want a puppy or are you comfortable having an adult dog? Either way, you have to understand what is involved.
- You need to have time and give them attention
- Training is something that you have to provide
- Delicate and vulnerable, if you’re not watching them, accidents can happen.
- Biting everything, even a baby’s toy
For Adult/Senior Dogs
- Be prepared for dog’s expenses like food and medicine
- Regular exercise is a must depending on the breed
- Great interaction with children
- Senior dogs are mild and calm
Two things you need to consider when choosing the size of a dog: Height and weight. If you are comfortable with a dog that sits on your lap while you watch TV, then you need a small dog.
Extra large dogs are great if security is what you are looking for in a dog. The place that you live also matters when choosing a dog. For instance, if you live in an apartment, then a dog under 6kg will be great for you. Here are the three class sizes of dog
Small dog breeds under 6kg
- Yorkshire terrier
- Papillon dog,
Medium dog breeds under 20kg
- Siberian husky
- Cocker spaniel
Large dog breeds under 70kg
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Bull terrier
- German Shepherd
Like or not, grooming is something that you need to be prepared to do it. You need to have the right grooming equipments and tools for washing and cleaning your dog.
Every dog breed has its own grooming routines. There are some breeds where you’ll have to clean them after two weeks. For others, you need to do it at the end of the month.
After bathing your dog, there are basic grooming like cutting nails and brushing the hair, which you need to do it often. You have to make sure that the place where your dog is sleeping is left clean always. If you can’t do it, at least hire someone that can do it. Some of the equipment that you’ll need to buy include:
- A grooming table
- Hydraulic dryer
Chances are, you thought about medication cost, some dog breeds cost more when you visit a vet and this plays a greater role in choosing a dog. Dogs are like people that will need you to take care of them in case of medical complication. To keep your dog healthy, regular check up is a must. More importantly, you need to make sure that your dog has a health insurance cover.
Having dog insurance helps you avoid the heavy costs that may drain your finances in case your dog gets sick. There are three types of pet insurance policies:
- Accident only: This policy covers accidents that your dog may have, such as a dog bite, car accident, snake bite
- Accident and Illness cover: This policy covers accidents and illness that the dog may have
- Comprehensive cover: It covers both accidents only and accident and illness cover. The big difference here is that it comes with more annual benefit to help you cover more vet bills.
The last and most important is having a family that is ready to live with a new dog. Your family needs to corporate so that the dog can feel loved and cared. Nothing hurts like a dog that loves only a few members of the family.
For instance, when dog fight happens, each one should be in a position to end the fight. Or at least, do something to separate the dogs.
Obedience plays a great role too. If the dog is treated well, it will listen and obey every member of the family. It is risky having a dog that listens to one person and disobey other people. This creates enmity which is not cool.
Finally, consider whether there are any breed restrictions in your area. Pit Bulls, Akitas, Chow Chows, and Doberman Pinschers are all breeds that are commonly banned in apartment complexes and public areas. Be sure to double check any restrictions before bringing home a dog.
Now, you’re ready to choose a pooch from this dog breeds list. Most importantly, now you have the 6 checklist that you can use to narrow down on the best breeds for you. Keep in mind that, you won’t find a perfect dog breed.
All you need is to learn how to adapt to other aspects that you don’t like. It’s like marriage, you don’t always have to agree with your partner, but you get along quite well.
That’s the mindset and attitude you need to have.
Dogs have a great personality once you fall in love and understands them. The key question to ask yourself, is whether you’ll do whatever it takes to make her or him feel comfortable and loved.