First things first, getting a dog is a lifetime
and lifestyle commitment.
With so many breeds of dogs, how can you possibly know what type of dog is a good fit for you, your family, your lifestyle? One thing to keep in mind is, a dog adopted is yours for life, it is very traumatic for a dog to be taken home and then returned to a shelter, if you adopt, please be in it for the long haul. There may be issues and you have to be willing to teach your dog to trust again. Someone he/she loved dropped them at the shelter, so their ability to trust you may take months to accomplish, but trust me it is totally worth the effort in the end!
There are many valuable resources available for dog lovers to help them choose the right breed of dog to fit each of these categories and more.
Last week in Bathing…Or Grooming? I linked you to this page Various Dog Breeds for a different reason, and that was to share a group of dogs that need more grooming than others. However, this site also provides a few details on what the breed is like if you click on one of the pictures. If you have an idea of what breed of dog you would like, click on it and see if the dog has characteristics that you are looking for in a companion.
The American Kennel Club (#AKC) has a page with a quiz you can take to see if they can match you with a breed. When I filled out the quiz , it gave me a list of a bunch of dogs, and then provides you a link to search for puppies. Take the quiz for yourself and see what you get and share your results in the comments below.
In a previous post, Paws-a-itively Drooling over Apps I introduced you all to my pack, in that pack are a Mastiff, a Ridgeback, a bulldog mix, and a bull terrier, if you remember correctly. As you can see, I chose dogs that these quizzes seem to think are right for me on at least 3 occasions!
Selection is Key
The type of dog that most people choose, should fit well into your lifestyle as well as your family. While some dogs may be great with small children, they also may be higher in the energy department and require more adult attention. They may knock a baby over in their eagerness to be close to the child or forget that they child is smaller than them and accidentally knock them down. Children should be supervised closely when in the presence of any dog.
If your family is on the go, choose a dog that will like to go with you, hiking, swimming, running, sporting events, dogs need an active social life as well in order to be well mannered. Start with them at a young age, to avoid any fears associated with strangers. Some dogs are naturally energetic and will jump on you or your family, some will just want to give puppy kisses ALL the time.
Whatever type of dog you choose, be sure that the dog is loved, sheltered, safe, loved, happy, loved, exercised, and most of all loved, and they will do their best to be your very best friend. All dogs do their best to please their owners, so be sure that you are sending very clear signals to your dog as to what you want them to do, then everyone is on the same page and nobody goes away dissatisfied. 🙂
- choose a dog who is as active as you
- if you want to run and play choose a pet that does as well
- choose a dog who is loyal to you
- you can’t really choose wrong here as long as they are loved
- choose a dog who also chooses you
- you will know when you have been “chosen”
- choose a dog who has the temperament that you desire
- Happy, social, active, lazy, protective, etc.
- choose a dog according to their “class”
Clicking on the above link to be directed to the AKC webstie which will show you the types of dogs in that category as well as the characteristics of each breed! Good luck in your search and let me know what you decide!