Choosing the Right Breed of Dog

So you have decided to add a new member to your family.  Getting a dog is great for the family, they can reduce stress, help you get some exercise, be security or just be a companion.  However a new dog can be a lot like having a small child and having a dog can cost you a fair bit of money too.  Choosing the right breed of dog is more than just finding a cute puppy there are a whole bunch of things you need to take into consideration.

Here are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself first:

  • Does the breed get along with children?
  • Will the dog be your only pet?
  • Can the dog be easily handled by an inexperienced pet owner?
  • How much exercise does the dog need?
  • Is the dog for security or a family pet?
  • Do you want a male or female?

Mixed and Pedigreed Breeds

Mixed breeds are usually cheaper to get and can have fewer health issues than a pure bred dog.  However be careful when adopting grown dogs there may be behavioral problems that you are unaware of.  Pedigree breeds can be a  lot more work, some need grooming some don’t interact well with children or other pets.  Here is an overview of the different types of dogs.

Working and Sporting Dogs

These types of dogs are going to need plenty of space and plenty of exercise.  However they are also very good with children and they can make fantastic family pets.  Breeds include Setters, Huskies, Retrievers and Spaniels.

Hounds

Hounds offer a wide variety of dogs some are highly energetic and others can adapt to living in a home.  These dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times unless you have a fenced in yard for them to run in.  These dogs can range in size from the smaller dogs like a Daschund to an Irish Wolfhound that weighs in at 160 lbs.  They can be highly energetic or great house pets.  Take the time and look into the personality of each individual breed to see if it will be a fit for your family.

Terriers

Terriers can be small or medium sized and can include Boston terriers, Scottish and Yorkshire Terriers.  These dogs can make good family pets but they are better with older children.  They have lots and lots of energy and they thrive better with an experienced owner that can make sure they are trained to interact with people and other dogs.

Designer Dogs

These are newer cross breeds that try and get the best quality of both breeds and remove the negative characteristics of both breeds.  You will find designer breeds like the Labradoodle, Cockapoo and Puggles.  There are literally thousands of possible combinations and  already there are more than 100 designer breeds that have been registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club.

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