Finding the right canine companion can be quite a challenge. Just like humans, each dog breed has its own traits and unique characteristics. But with hundreds of dog breeds to choose from, which one will accurately suit your lifestyle and needs. Besides, owning a dog is a responsibility to be taken seriously, so taking time out to analyze which dog breed suits you the best.
Here’s a complete guide to finding a dog that perfectly matches your personality and lifestyle.
1. GUARD DOG BREEDS
A lot of people look not only for a friend but also a faithful guardian in their dog, if you are one of those and you want your pooch to look after your home you should probably consider a:
- Doberman Pincher
- German Sheperd
These breeds are natural guard dogs since they don’t trust strangers that easily and they’ll do a good job in protecting your house. But of course, these dogs also require training. Now that doesn’t mean they’ll not be funny or cute don’t worry! they can easily do both. You probably won’t find a good fit in Retrievers though, these dogs are usually way too friendly, so burglars would be welcome with a wagging tail and slobbery kisses.
2. FAMILY – FRIENDLY DOG BREEDS
If you have a big family full of kids or just welcomed a newborn into the world it can seem challenging to pick a perfect dog breed, of course pretty much every dog loves children, but this would be a territory for:
- Golden Retriever
These dog breeds are unbeatable as family dogs. These dogs just adore children and are always ready to play. nothing makes them happier than fetching a ball. If their size intimidates you consider getting Beagle.
3. ATHLETIC DOG BREEDS
If you lead an active lifestyle and love going for a daily jog, you probably wouldn’t mind having a training buddy around you. Consider getting a:
Since these dog breeds are built for running, if you want something a bit smaller a Jack Russell Terrier can be a good choice as well. Stay clear from large, stocky breeds, they may be too heavy, and frequent running can damage their joints.
4. LAP DOG BREEDS
what can be better than chilling out on the couch and watching some TV show after a hard day of work? If you are looking for a furry cuddle buddy who will always be happy to laze around on the sofa with you. consider getting a:
- French Bulldog
These breeds will be your perfect fit. They’ll always be by your side or on your lap whenever you read a nice book or watch your TV show. Any working breeds are usually completely different, they require lots of exercise and activity, hence the name.
5. DOGS BREEDS FOR BUSY SINGLES
A lot of people stop themselves from getting a dog because they are constantly out of the house. Of course, generally speaking, dogs are social animals. But still, some breeds deal with being home alone better than others. If this is your lifestyle consider getting a:
- Sher Pei
- Basset Hound
Retrievers and collie on the other hand are not too good a fit for you because they like and require constant socializing. Don’t forget every breed of dog needs love and attention! You shouldn’t get one if you won’t be able to spend at least some time with your pooch.
6. DOG BREEDS FOR SENIORS
If you are retired and have decided to welcome a dog into your home, a good option for you would be:
- Boston Terrier
- Cavalier King charles Spaniel
These breeds are affectionate and playful without requiring a lot of exercise. These pets help reduce blood pressure, stress and are a tremendous source of companionship. From health benefits to a bigger social circle, there are plenty of merits of being a pet owner.
7. DOGS BREEDS FOR AN APARTMENT
Most of the population of medium and large cities live in apartments. If you are one of them, certain dog breeds will suit well a bit better than other breeds. Surprisingly the size doesn’t always matter here, it’s about the dog’s temperament. If the dog is small it doesn’t mean it will be happy living in a smaller space! Consider getting a:
- Yorkshire Terrier
if you are interested in Chihuahuas, you might wanna think twice here these dogs are tiny but very active and can be too restless and noisy to enjoy the confined space. In addition, they are predisposed to certain diseases hence require more frequent vet visits.
8. DOGS BREEDS FOR MULTI-PET HOUSEHOLDS
If you already have pets, getting another one is pretty challenging and potentially dangerous. You must choose the breed carefully since you surely want all your pets to get along.
These breeds of dogs are always happy to have company to play with, so they’ll likely make a great match with your other pets. Terriers are breeds used for dogfighting that can sometimes be a bit complicated to handle as fighter dogs were bred to be aggressive and competitive, it’s simply in their nature!
9. DOGS BREEDS THAT LOVE HOT WEATHER
Most of us love summer but not all dogs will agree. if you live in a tropical region where most of the year is hot, think carefully about which dog to get. Surprisingly, many short-haired dog breeds struggle in a tropical climate since tolerance to hot weather depends not only on the coat but also on the dog’s facial structure and size. Dogs that thrive well in a hot climate are:
St. Bernards, Samoyeds, and Boxers don’t cope up with hot climates that well.
10. DOG BREEDS THAT LOVE COLD WEATHER
Ah, winter! Winter means snow, cold, ice, wind, short days, and long nights for those who live in northern climates. Breeds that prefer a colder climate normally have a thick double coat and more body fat. So a good choice is a:
- St. Bernard
- Siberian Husky
These breeds of canines not only easily survive but love the freezing temperature. Doberman on the other hand hates the cold.
11. HYPOALLERGENIC DOGS BREEDS
If you are allergic to dog hair, you probably have sworn off the idea of ever owning a canine. Dander which is attached to a pet’s hair is the most common cause of pet allergies. You might consider getting a:
Your allergies may still act up from time to time but overall it won’t be as bad as with other breeds. German Shepherds aren’t a good breed for you due to their dry skin, which results in a lot of dander built-up. the same goes for long-haired breeds as well.
12. DOGS bREEDS FOR NEWBIE
getting a dog for the first time is both exciting and nerve-racking. There are so many breeds to choose from and they are all so cute! If you are new to the dog-owning world then you require a no-drama canine.
- Border Collie
These breeds are very intelligent relatively easy to train, have calm personalities, and are not stubborn. Schnauzers and Terriers require a bit more patience though but are still great choices.
No matter which dog breed you choose and bring home! we wish you get along with your furry friend really well and hope you two become inseparable for the rest of your time.
HAPPY PET PARENTING!!