How To Choose the Right Dog Breed for Your Personality and Lifestyle?
Dogs! Are they not just the cutest creatures on the planet? I mean, for me, at least they are! Such amazing and loyal creatures that only have so much love to give and are always seeking the same.
If you are a dog lover, you would know there are so many breeds to choose your perfect pet from! You must also know that dogs have personalities as well, just like people. So, you might be in love with a particular breed of dog, but it might not suit your personality or lifestyle.
Let me elaborate on a few elements that you need to consider when you are choosing a new dog for yourself, and a certain kind of breed might just be the right choice for you!
Tips To Choose the Right Dog Breed for Your Personality and Lifestyle
There are a lot of elements that you might need to consider before getting yourself a pet dog; the following are a few of them that will help you make the right choice!
1. Home and Family
So, are you single? Or do you have that perfect suburban family with 5 kids? Do you have any other pets? A Cat, for example? There are so many elements that come in place when you are evaluating your home and family for a new pet.
Other than looking at your family member, you also need to take a look if you have the required space for your dog? Dogs have needs according to different breeds! For example, they need to be taken on a walk regularly.
So if you live in a small condo, a small-sized dog is good enough for you! Especially if your condo does not have any parks or jogging tracks nearby. Labrador Retriever is considered the friendliest breed of dogs keeping in mind that you have a big family.
Dogs or any animal, for that matter, require some time and attention. So, for example, if you are at work till from 7 am to 7 pm, and then you are at your friends and come home at midnight just to sleep, this is probably not something that will be fair for your dog!
You need to be able to give your dog some time, play with him, talk to him, take him out for a walk! Did you know, today pet owners even do pet playdates? So their dogs stay social? Yes! Dogs are pretty much a person's best friends, and you need to take care of their physical, social, and all practical needs just like you would take care of yourself.
However, if you have a super busy lifestyle and looking for a low-maintenance dog, I recommend you go for the Dachshund breed. These dogs are short-legged and just the cutest creatures that will not ask you for much. Also know, this dog breed is so classy; it has been kept by royal courts of Europe as well.
3. Why Do You Want a Dog?
There are several reasons why people want dogs. Some are differently-abled or suffering from psychological illness and are looking for service dogs, while others are just alone and want someone waiting at home for them! Others may be looking for watchdogs, or security dogs, or a dog that can accompany them on their outdoor adventures.
Therefore, you must first decide the reason you are adopting or purchasing a dog; once the reason is clear, the choice of the breed will become easier. For example, if you want a hypoallergenic dog, then doodles are a safe bet. We Love Doodles has extensive guides on multiple doodle breeds that you can choose from.
Similarly, if you are looking for friendly family dogs, you can look up Beagles, Terriers, and Pugs. In comparison, Bernese Mountain Dog and Labrador Retrievers make the perfect outdoor companion.
No matter what the reason, there are so many breeds of dogs that you can look into for whatever reason you want a dog.
4. What Is Your Budget?
I know this does not sound very good, but the cuter the dogs and the purer the breed of the dogs are, the more they cost. Dogs are expensive, to be honest. So don't get too carried away by their looks and charms! Always check your bank account first.
One puppy dog look can break your bank account. So take a look at your budget first and then go looking for dogs. This is the most practical advice I can give you!
Also, keep in mind, adopting a dog is like adopting a kid! This means the cost does not end with buying a dog; you also need to take care of their hygiene and food needs, etc. Just like you would do of any baby. This might end up costing you somewhat the same as bringing up a child. You can save up on dressing them! Here is the upside!
5. Puppy Or an Adult Dog?
Puppies are very cute but require twice the attention and the effort. On the other hand, adult dogs don't require the attention you need to put in on puppies, but then you need to take some time and train them! Both dogs require a different kind of effort.
Puppies are easy to bond with but difficult to train. Also, a lot of people are afraid of forming a tight bond with the dogs, given that they might die on them depending on the life expectancy of that particular breed.
On the other hand, adult dogs are easier to train; they are ready to accept the new family and new love as they come from a destructive past which makes them quick to adapt and easy to love their new family. However, if they have some bad habits, it might be tough for them to let go and teach them new things.
Time To Choose Your Best Friend!
Now that we have listed down all the elements you need to keep in mind when choosing a breed of dog for yourself, it's now time for you to decide which breed are you going for? You can also choose from pure breed to mix breeds. But depending on the selection, you have done based on the above topic, it might be easy for you to choose a dog for yourself. Good luck!
Remember, a healthy dog stays with you for around 15 years, so it is a big emotional investment! It is okay to take some time and decide!
Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions.