What Type of Dog Is Best For You?
February 13, 2019 | 3 min read
Updated February 13, 2019
By Clara Hallifax
Published: February 13, 2019
Updated: June 12, 2022
Summary: If you're wondering "which dog should I get?" this blog will help you decide which breed may be right for you. There's so much to think about from your lifestyle to the cost of a dog (smaller dogs need less food, for example!), so let's work out which dog breed may work for you and your household...
Dogs are beautiful, loyal, and a lot of fun! But when it comes to actually getting a dog, they can be great for different reasons, and finding the right one for you could come down to which breed you choose. Dogs are for life, so it's important to make sure you and your chosen breed are compatible and your should do your thorough research on dog breeds.
Think About Your Lifestyle
Before you think "which dog should I get?", you should be asking, "does my lifestyle fit a dog?" You have to consider whether your home is appropriate to accommodate a dog and its needs. Most breeds will require a decent outside space, whether that’s a yard or a nearby park. It’s also important to have inside space for them to move about. Also, think about the size of the dog. If you want a big dog, you need a big space.
Are you active? If you find it difficult to walk for long periods of time, find a dog breed that doesn’t need to be walked too often or too far at a time. Examples of less active dog breeds are French Bulldogs, Miniature Dachshunds, and Basset Hounds. Or, consider adopting an older dog that has less energy, rather than a puppy who requires constant attention and a lot of walking. If you are an avid runner or walker, there are definitely dogs that will happily keep you company while outdoors, such as Border Collies, Whippets, and Labradors.
Consider Potential Allergies
Dogs often shed hair, which can pose another question on how it will fit your lifestyle. A dog may require you to vacuum up fur daily. Ask yourself if you are willing to spend the time cleaning up after a dog every day. If not, there are certain breeds that shed less, and some that don’t shed at all. Bear in mind that short-haired dogs also shed hair, so don’t assume they’ll be less cleaning hassle when thinking about which breed is right for you.
Also, are you or anyone you live with allergic to the hairs of certain breeds? The best thing to do is to spend some time with a dog of the same breed, and see whether anyone has a reaction. It is known that poodles are hypo-allergenic, so consider a poodle or a poodle mix if someone is allergic, like a cockapoo or labradoodle.
Ask Yourself Why You Want A Dog
Certain breeds are more skilled or prone to behaviors than others. Every dog has their own personality of course, but dogs of one breed will share characteristics – especially how quickly they can be trained!
If you want a dog that is more trainable to do tricks or jobs, research into which can do that. For example, German Shepherds are used as security guards, while Golden Retrievers can be extremely talented guide dogs. There are many more jobs different breeds can do so it is worth reading up on it. On the other hand, if you want a trainable dog to take part in shows and to groom, a Spaniel might be what you want – they are amazingly intelligent and obedient.
If you want a dog for cuddles or companionship, some breeds are more willing to get cozy than others. Greyhounds, Springer Spaniels, and Beagles are among some of the breeds that will more likely be snuggling up to you on the couch. Families with young children will want a patient dog, such as a Labrador or Pug.
Dogs Can Be Costly
If you are buying a dog, you will find some breeds to be far more expensive than others. The most expensive breeds in the US are, for example, English Bulldogs, Chow Chows, and Rottweilers. If you are looking to spend less money, there are less expensive breeds to buy. Or, have you considered adopting a rescue dog, or a mixed-breed mongrel?
Not only is there the initial cost, but there is the question of pet insurance, the health problems that the dog may have, and how much food they need. Some breeds are more susceptible to illnesses or joint problems, such as Labradors, German Shepherds, and Dachshunds, while some might lose their hearing more easily, such as Dalmatians and Jack Russell Terriers.
It is actually believed that mixed-breeds tend to have fewer health issues!
Which Dog Should You Get
Every dog deserves a loving home that can provide it with the best love and care, so researching what dog will fit into your lifestyle is incredibly important.
Dogs will bring you and your family so much joy, but practicalities come into play every day with a dog. Choose your companion wisely, and have a great, long-lasting relationship with your new best friend!
A lover of all animals, especially dogs! I love to learn about the way they think, and what we as pet owners can do to better their lives. So what better way, than to write fun, informative content?! When I’m not typing away, you can find me trying to cook a new recipe (and failing), or of course playing with the dog