Choosing the right breed of dog
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When a dog enters your life, from day one, an unbreakable bond of love and trust is formed. Although your dog is only there for a portion of your life, we are their entire lives, so not only is it important to shower them with appreciation and care, but it’s also so important to pick the right dog for you.
Whether you’re living alone, with a partner, or part of a big family, choosing the right dog is something that actually requires a lot of thought and is not as easy as it seems.
A lot of people tend to choose good looking dogs at first which is natural, but a lot of the time their personality is overlooked, and although we shouldn’t generalize, when it comes to dogs they do come with inherent traits that should be kept in mind for each owner.
If you’re living alone, that rids the dispute of choosing a breed as it is entirely up to you. However your lifestyle should always be kept in mind when it comes to choosing a dog, as if you have a busy work lifestyle, then a dog that requires less exercise is ideal.
There is a stigma that the bigger the dog, the bigger the work is requires, however this is not necessarily true. Of course a bigger dog requires more living space and food, but actually smaller dogs can require even more exercise. Dogs such as Spaniels, Sheepdogs, Terriers and even Chihuahua’s are high energy, and will need space to run around and have regular walks. If you are living alone and have the time and space, this is a great opportunity to have a fun, loving and energetic pooch.
Bigger dogs are suitable for whoever has the living space, however if you are looking for a family dog, much bigger dogs should be taken into consideration. If you have smaller children, it is not that big dogs are aggressive, it is more that as they grow they can potentially knock small children over accidentally with their force, or even sit on them and be overwhelming. However big dogs such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Great Danes and others are considered great family dogs due to their fun loving nature and protectiveness, so it really is about what you and your family can put up with size wise.
A lot of people immediately think of getting puppies as well, when actually rescue dogs or older dogs can fit in just as well. Rescue dogs and older dogs deserve just as much love as puppies.
There are certain characteristics that you can avoid if they are an issue for you as well, such as short haired dogs if you have allergies to dog hair, and smaller dogs if you want less drooling.
Dogs are of course priced differently as well, due to if they are pedigree and what characteristics they have. The most expensive dogs being Samoyed, Chow Chow’s, Mastiffs, but if you have the money to spend then treat yourself to a beautiful pedigree dog.
Unfortunately, Mutts do last longer than Pedigree’s due to less inbreeding and more variation. You may find with Pedigree’s that they have extra veterinary costs due to the inbreeding, for example, Dachshunds often have to have surgeries on their back, and French Bulldogs and Pugs sometimes have to have their breathing adjusted. Their overall cost should therefore be taken into account when buying them. Rescue dogs will of course be much cheaper, and it is rare to see a pedigree dog in a rescue center anyway, so the overall costs will be low as well.
There is always the question of what is the best dog to own, and in all honesty there really isn’t a reliable and certain breed. Every dog comes with its own personality, much like people, and although we could say which dog is known for being calm and collected, they may have an individual personality that is the opposite.
They say that when you see a dog, you’ll know it’s meant to be yours, and whether it’s a big dog, small dog, pedigree or mutt, you will know if it’s meant to be or not. Of course things should be taken into mind, like living space, if it’s a family environment, and cost, but other than that, your dog really will be its’ own character. Just remember that a dog is for life, not just when it’s a puppy, and you should make sure to give your dog the best life, as we really are all they will have.