How to Find the Perfect Dog Breed for You

Bringing home a new furry friend sometime soon? There are so many dogs to choose from, but that means that it’s harder than ever to pick the right dog breed for you.

Short of taking a dog breed quiz or using a dog breed selector, how are you supposed to figure out what kind of dog will thrive in your home? Is there any way to tell before you take the plunge?

We’re here to offer some advice. Keep reading to learn a few things to consider when you’re deciding what kind of dog to bring home.

Your Space

Whenever you’re thinking about bringing a new pet into the home, it’s crucial to remember that your dog is moving into your environment. They need to be able to thrive in your home.

Some dogs, both large and small, need a lot of room to run and play. If you’re not someone who has a large home or yard, they won’t be as happy in your space. While you can take dogs on long walks or trips to the dog park, these dogs will invariably be happier when they have room to roam.

That said, other dogs thrive in small spaces. Even if you have a studio apartment, you can take care of a lap dog (like a Yorkshire terrier). Small houses can still house great Danes and mastiffs because, despite their size, these dogs are happy sitting next to the couch with their owners.

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The Local Climate

Did you know that not all dogs can thrive in all climates?

A general four-season climate works well for the majority of dogs as long as you can keep your house at a comfortable temperature. Remember though, you’re going to have to take them out for walks every day.

Some dogs, like huskies and malamutes, are best in cold climates. They’re uncomfortable in the summer heat due to their long and thick fur. If you’re someone who loves winter sports and long hikes through the snow, however, these dogs are perfect for you.

Your Household Situation

So who is in your household? Do you live alone? Do you have roommates or children?

This is an important factor when it comes to bringing home the right kind of dog. You need to make sure that the dog is a good fit for everyone in your home.

If you’re alone, you want to get a dog that can tolerate being only with you. Small dogs, like miniature poodles and terriers, often do well bonding with one human.

If you have children, make sure that you get a dog that can tolerate them. Children are loud, clumsy, and often play too rough with dogs. While good training can prevent any serious problems, you’re better off getting a dog that can put up with the occasional struggles of dealing with kids.

When you have small children it’s a good idea to acclimate your dog to them as soon as possible. If a puppy grows up around humans and spends plenty of time with them, they’re more likely to behave well around them when they’re older.

Make sure to get a professional trainer if you’re going to get a dog that could potentially harm your children. There are no dangerous dogs, just dangerous and uninformed owners.

Your Energy Levels

Puppies are a lot of work. Even the mildest dog breeds are often energetic and excitable as puppies, so keep that in mind before you invest in a new furry friend. You’re going to need to play!

As adults, though, some dogs have more energy than others. Bull terriers and collies love to run and play for as long as possible. They get stir-crazy if they’re left inside all day.

Basset hounds, mastiffs, and many petite dogs are just as happy sitting inside with you while you read a book. That said, all dogs require exercise, so don’t get a lazy dog and assume that you don’t have to play with them at all.

If you love going on hikes and runs, get a dog that can come with you! You don’t want to drag a slow-moving dog around unless you’re ready to carry it home.

Security Needs

Are you looking for a dog that can protect your home when it gets older?

Most people will never need a guard dog, but that doesn’t mean that getting one is a bad idea. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry!

Most dogs will be a deterrent to potential intruders. They’re bothersome to deal with even if they’re small. That said, some dogs are better for protection than others.

German shepherds, for example, are loyal dogs that many police officers use for K-9 units. They’re easy to train and they’re not afraid to stand up to intruders. Make sure that you have a strong personality if you want to get one of these dogs, though.

Mastiffs, while large, aren’t as ready to attack as German shepherds. They are, however, intimidating enough that no one will want to get into your home after seeing them.

What Dog Breed Is Right for You?

All dog breeds are different. Finding the right one for you and your home can be difficult.

If you’re still stuck, visit your local shelters or find a local responsible breeder to check out their available dogs. You may get a better feel for the right dog breed for your household.

Don’t forget to include mixed-breed dogs as well! While you won’t be getting a “purebred” dog, these dogs are often more adaptable and they tend to have the best qualities of all of the breeds that make them up.

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