What’s The Best Dog For My Family?

best breed for your familySpring is in the air and it’s the time of year when many family’s thoughts turn toward, “We should get a puppy!” That’s great and there are so many puppies and older dogs who are looking for their forever homes and forever families!

Before you rush out and get the first dog or puppy that you see, though, please take some time and answer these questions:

  1. Are you truly ready for the responsibility of a dog?
  2. Can you afford the cost of a dog?
  3. Do you have time to care for, raise and train a dog?
  4. Do you know what breed you want?
  5. Are you ready for all of the love, snuggles and joy your dog will bring?

What’s The Best Dog For My Family?

If you’ve never owned a dog before you should take some time to decide what breed is best for you. There are many things to take into consideration when making that decision and here are a few things you will want to ponder.

Many dogs are surrendered simply because the owner didn’t put enough thought into whether that breed would fit into their life style. Do your research so the pairing of you and your new dog is a lifelong relationship.

How much space do you have? 

Will the landlord allow dogs? If so, is there going to be an increase in your rent? Ask these questions before you bring a dog or puppy home. Then ask yourself is the place where you live large enough for a dog? Do you have a backyard? Is there a dog park close enough for you to take your dog for a daily walk?

Here are some breeds that need room to roam: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Siberian Husky, Terries and many Spaniels, Great Dane, Greyhound (this breed should have a fenced in area), Newfoundland, and other large breed dogs.

If you have a small home and a small yard, here are soem breeds that are ideal: Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Pug, French Bulldog, Corgis.

 The dog’s personality.

While every dog has a unique and distinct personality, there are some breeds that are considered more “family” friendly.

Here are some breeds that are considered friendly with children. Keep in mind, though, smaller breeds are more likely to be injured by a rambunctious toddler.

Affectionate breeds include: Corgis, Pug, Shiba Inu, Poodle, Papillion.

These dogs are affectionate and large breed: Labrador, Spaniels, Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Dane.

What’s your energy level? 

If you’re a couch potato you probably won’t like getting a dog who needs hours and miles of walks. If you love to jog and hike you probably don’t want a dog who would prefer the comforts of home.

High energy breeds include: Jack Russell Terrier, Poodle, Border Collie, Greyhound, Retriever.

Dogs who’d prefer to stay home: Pug, French Bulldog, Bulldog, Chihuahua.

If you want a more in-depth look at the breed that might be right for you, check out the Dogster checklist.

About FIDO

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