How to Choose the Right Breed for Your Family

Dogs have long been regarded as man’s ultimate best friend for their unwavering devotion, loyalty, friendship and unconditional love. The decision to add a dog to your family is really exciting and sometimes overwhelming. However, you should bear in mind that this is a life-long commitment that requires a lot of considerations especially if this means having a dog around young children, an elderly, or a disabled family member.

Choose a dog breed that will complement your family's lifestyle and personality

Dogs have a wide range of varieties in terms of sizes, colors, coat types, temperaments, and exercise requirements. Always do research that will provide you with sufficient knowledge and understanding about the basic dog needs, veterinary care, training routines, and behavior for a certain breed.  Also remember that the best dog is the one that will perfectly match the family’s personality, lifestyle and one that comfortably aligns with the family’s budget.

Which Dog Breed Is the Best for My Family?

Once your family members have agreed and are ready for the responsibility of having a pet dog, the following will guide you to narrow down your selection among various breeds and hybrids that will be right for your family:

  • Assertiveness – Choose dog breeds or mixed breeds that resonate with your family members’ personalities. Dominant owners can handle breeds that are headstrong, territorial and protective. Theses breeds include Bull terriers, Akita, Rottweiler, Boxer, Bullmastiff, and Chow chow.
  • However, if one or more of the family members are passive and lax, the ideal dog should be friendly, genial and affectionate. Such breeds include Collie, Border Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Sheepdogs.

  • Energy Level – Select a dog that will best match the activeness of the family. Do not choose a high energy breed for a sedentary laid-back household or a short legged, slow breed for an active jogger. Failure to make the right selection will just result to frustration and annoyance.
  • Tolerance – If you are living in a lively household with lots of people passing every now and then, choose breeds that are steady, solid, good-natured and tolerant such as Basset hound, Beagle, Bulldog, Great Dane, Mastiff, and Saint Bernard.
  • Grooming – Each breed has a different coat type and each requires its own grooming routine. Short-haired breeds tend to be “wash and wear” which is ideal for people with busy lifestyles. Some breeds may have long tresses that require regular grooming and an occasional clipping.

There are also hairless varieties and although they don’t require coat grooming, these breeds need a lot of skin care management. Whichever breed you choose, you always need to attend to your pet’s grooming needs.

  • Shedding – All dogs shed; some may shed a lot but some may also shed more so choose the ideal breed depending on your family’s shedding tolerance.

Dogs are amiable animals that have always been a good companion of man. They are definitely not toys that you can easily abandon or ignore, so once you introduced them to your family – they then become part of it.

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