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How To Decide Which Breed Of Dog Is Right For Your Home
How to decide which breed of dog is right for your home

Getting a new dog is always an exciting process but it’s not something that should be rushed into without careful thought.

Choosing the right type of dog for your home is key to having a long, happy and healthy friendship with your four-legged pal. Answer the three questions below to help you decide on the right breed of dog for your home.

1. How active is your household?

Most dogs need one or two walks every day, even very small breeds. The physical and mental stimulation of walkies helps dogs keep healthy and stay on their best behaviour. Plus, walks provide an opportunity for the dog to socialise with new people and fellow pups.

Some dogs need more exercise than others so it’s important to consider how active your household is and choose a breed with energy levels that match. If you regularly go out for long walks or hikes, or you’re hoping for a furry running companion, a high-energy breed like a Labrador, an English Springer Spaniel or a Dalmatian could be ideal. If you prefer to spend lazy Sundays at home on the sofa, opt for a low-energy lapdog like a Maltese, a Pomeranian, or a Yorkshire Terrier.

How active is your household?
How active is your household?

2. How much training are you prepared to do?

Every dog needs basic training, but some breeds are more intelligent, inquisitive, and willing to please than others which makes them easier to train. At the same time, the smartest and most trainable breeds often need high levels of mental stimulation which can make them more demanding than less trainable breeds.

Border Collies are a great example of a highly trainable breed that needs lots of daily stimulation to keep them entertained. German Shepherds, Labradors and Spaniels are also known to be very trainable. Basset Hounds and Bulldogs are some of the most difficult dogs to train, but according to a 2018 study, Borzois, Chow Chows and Saint Bernards are the three least trainable dog breeds.

How much training are you prepared to do?
How much training are you prepared to do?

3. Will the dog be OK around little ones?

Getting a pet dog can be a great way to help kids learn about empathy and responsibility. Another handy bonus is that exposure to dogs in early life is associated with reduced risk of allergies in older children. If you have small kids in the house, and particularly if you expect the kids to interact with the dog on a regular basis, it’s important to choose a breed that is known to be good with children.

Retrievers are popular family dogs because they typically have soft, friendly, silly natures and even tempers. Beagles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and British Bulldogs are also known to be great with young kids. It’s best to avoid breeds that are known to be sensitive, such as Chihuahuas, since they’re less likely to tolerate children. It’s also wise to avoid very possessive or protective breeds, such as Dobermans, and those with a strong prey drive, such as Greyhounds.

Will the dog be OK around little ones?
Will the dog be OK around little ones?

Do your research to find your perfect breed

The more time you spend researching dog breeds, the more confident you will be in choosing the right dog for your home. Be sure to read plenty of resources and select a breed that matches your family’s lifestyle.

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