Tips for Choosing the Right Breed of Dog

Choosing the right breed of dog is essential. If you don’t then you run the risk of not being able to connect with them and you may even find that they are not right for your lifestyle either. If you want to get some help with that then you can find out whatever you need to know, right here.

Evaluating your Breed

When you are thinking about what breed to get, you need to think about the size. A dog’s size can determine if they are going to be comfortable in your home and it also determines how much space they need. A general rule is that bigger dogs need much more space. There are exceptions however, depending on the temperament of your dog and their energy levels.


The next thing that you need to think about is the temperament of your dog. A dog’s temperament will really influence your decision, and this is especially the case if you have children. Temperaments can vary by breed but they can also vary by the dog you are choosing as well. If you are looking for a good family dog then a few of the breeds you should consider include foxhounds, bulldogs, corgis, setters and retrievers. If you are looking for a guardian breed then Dobermans, Rottweilers, German shepherds and more are great options.


A breed’s energy level is just as important as their temperament. It will give you the chance to work out how much time and attention you need to devote in order to stimulate your dog. High energy breeds will require a lot of exercise and this can be difficult for you to deal with if you are on a very busy schedule. If this is going to be a problem, then choosing a low-energy dog is essential. This can include bulldogs, basset hounds or wolfhounds. It’s important to remember that some breeds may be known for a specific temperament, but individual dogs can vary by a huge amount. If you can, it helps to meet with the dog at the shelter before you bring them home. If you are buying a dog from a breeder then try and meet the dog’s parents so that you can assess their energy levels and temperament.

Health Issues

Some breeds are known for having health issues. This can include Spaniels, as they tend to experience ear infections. Pugs on the other hand, are prone to breathing difficulties. It helps to understand the health conditions that your dog could develop in the future so that you can consider the adjustments that you might need to make. There are plenty of online resources and indexes available for you to use and they can be invaluable when choosing your dog for the very first time.


Knowing the lifespan is also a consideration when choosing your dog. Think about how long you want to care for your dog for and even the age that you want to adopt them at. By understanding the lifespan of your dog, you can then find out what care they might need in the future. For example, older dogs may need feeding less and very little walking, but they need to be in a much more comfortable environment when compared to younger dogs. Smaller breeds also tend to have a longer lifespan when compared to larger dogs.

Purebred or Mixed Breed?

There are always advantages to choosing either a mixed breed or a pure-bred dog. Purebred dogs may have paperwork proving their genealogy and this will give you the chance to anticipate any health issues. Their temperaments may also take after their parents too. Mixed breed dogs on the other hand are much more affordable and they are also common in adoption shelters. If you are not sure which breed of dog you are looking at then you can easily rely on pet technology to help you to obtain a clearer picture.

Legal Restrictions

Before you get a dog, you need to consult your landlord and even the regulations regarding your area too. A lot of areas have restrictions on breeds that they feel as though are aggressive. Some landlords won’t allow animals at all, so it is important that you check with them about this so that they can advise you accordingly. If your landlord does allow pets then they may charge you a fee for keeping one in your home, so this is an extra cost that you need to factor into account.

Everyone in the House

Everyone in your home should be open to the idea of getting a dog. If your housemates are keen on the idea of getting a bigger dog then talk with them about this and also find out who is going to be sharing the responsibility of walking them. If you are living with someone else, then they may be willing to help out and this is great. You do however have to think about what would happen if you moved out of the property because you would then be left with walking them on your own. If you know that you wouldn’t be able to keep up with an energetic dog, then you will

want to consider this before you make your final decision.

Meet with Other Dog Owners

Sometimes it helps to meet up with other dog owners. They will be able to advise you on the dogs that they have, and you may even be able to pet them yourself. This is a great way for you to get a feel of the dog you want and it also gives you the chance to find out how you feel about them. Another benefit of chatting with an owner is that you can find out about their pet’s personality and how it differs from what you have read online. This is the easiest way for you to get a bigger picture of the whole scenario and it also helps you to understand how certain dogs are more energetic than others in terms of personality.


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    My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time.

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