Is My Dog Breed Right for Me and My Family?

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Dogs are not possessions. They are friends. They are family members. And if you’re going to share your home with a dog, you need to be ready for the joys and the responsibilities.

Questions to consider when choosing a dog:

Should you get a large dog or a smaller dog?
If you live in an apartment, a smaller dog breed may be best unless you have time to take your dog out on walks every day.

Larger dog breeds generally have greater needs than smaller ones (in terms of food, exercise, hygiene, veterinary services, etc.) Seriously consider this: Do you have the time, energy, and money to care for a larger dog?

However, if you’re looking for a jogging or a walking partner, small dogs may not be the best companions. Large dogs are perfect for this lifestyle.

Dogs and Temperaments
Like people, dogs also have their own temperaments. Some dogs are more aggressive than others. Some dogs are friendlier while others are more reserved. Some are playful, some are overprotective, some are lazy, some are naughty, some are more affectionate, and so on.

For litters, it may be difficult to tell whether a pup has a quiet or a friendly temperament. Getting to know the parents may give you a better idea on what the pup would be like. A breeder can provide you with the information you need. Dogs in shelters can be observed by the people who care for them.

Research the natural temperament of specific dog breeds. For instance, Terriers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Saint Bernard tend to be more energetic and more protective than other breeds. Labradors and Retrievers are known to be very-friendly, even to strangers.

Siberian Huskies are intelligent dogs but they can be very independent and more difficult to train. Chihuahuas, French Bulldog, Dachshund, Corgi, Basset Hound and Pekinese tend to be lazy and prefer a more leisurely lifestyle.

Use the internet to learn more about dog breeds that you‘re considering. You can also ask vets, responsible breeders, and people from the shelter. Finding a dog who can adapt more easily to you and your family’s lifestyle will surely be a great start to a lasting friendship.

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