Step By Step Guide to Choosing a Dog Breed
Dog lovers everywhere devote so much time choosing the
right dog breeds before they decide to purchase a dog. For them, the dog’s breed is one contributing factor to
its value. That is why most families who decide to get some dogs, they know that choosing the right breed is
Today, there are 70 million dogs in the United States but
the American Kennel Club only recognizes 143 breeds of dogs. Still, with these numbers, choosing the right kind
of dog breed for the family can be very tedious.
However, most pet shop owners contend that the reasons why the preference of the people in
choosing their dogs may vary from one person to another is because each person has its own pre-conceived idea what
he wants in a dog. It all depends on the physical attributes.
There are those who fancy the size, the shape of the
face, the looks, or even the temper. But whatever preference an individual has regarding his choice for dogs,
still, there are important factors that one must remember in choosing a particular dog breed.
Did you know that there are several hundred dog breeds?
With that large number of breeds to choose from, how do people manage to decide which breed is right for them?
Luckily, you can narrow down the choices and find the right dog breed by following a few simple
First, consider your available space. Do you live in an
apartment? If so, you will want to rule out large dogs. Look for dogs in the Toy group, such as Yorkshire
Terriers, or some of the smaller dogs in the Terrier group, like the Miniature Schnauzer. Many people tend to
forget this factor. The area of the house should be the primary factor to consider before buying the best dog
If you have children, you will want to consider the size
of your dog, as well. Very small dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Maltese, can be very delicate and are often
accidentally injured by young children. On the other hand, very large dogs, such as Boxers or Saint Bernards,
can be overly boisterous as puppies and can accidentally turn your child into a human bowling pin. Consider
medium sized breeds, such as Fox Terriers or Lhasa Apsos, instead.
Next, consider how much exercise you can give your dog.
If you have a home with a fenced yard, your dog will be able to get some exercise on his own. However, dog
breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and Herding groups are very high energy animals and you will need to have enough
time to provide them with more intensive exercise. Plan to take a lot of long walks with your dog or go for a
daily romp in the park. After all, these dog breeds were bred to work hard and don't do well unless they have a
job to do or a way to burn off excess energy.
Finally, don't forget to consider grooming needs. For
people who would love to buy dogs but they don’t have time to devote so much on grooming, then, it’s best to buy
those that doesn’t need too much attention on hair grooming like the Terriers. This kind of breed of dogs has
short hairs so they don’t need a lot of fuss on their hair. Some dog breeds only need a half hour or so of
grooming a week, while others need to be groomed for an hour a day. If you are short on time, don't buy a
Standard Poodle or a Maltese, unless, of course, you plan to take your dog to a groom. Breeds like Boston
Terriers or Whippets are good choices for people who don't have time to do a lot of grooming.
Once you decide which breed of dog you want, you will
need to consider the age of the dog. Many people opt to buy a cuddly little puppy instead of an older dog. While
puppies have not developed any bad habits, it will be up to the new owner to be sure that the puppy becomes
housebroken and obedience trained. Older dogs are frequently already housebroken and usually have some obedience
training. They are also more likely to be less hyper and less destructive. However, they can have behavioural
problems or health problems that prompted the former owner to find them a new home.
Do you want to buy a puppy? If so, you will need to find
a reputable dog breeder who has a litter of the breed you are interested in. Often, a good breeder will have a
waiting list for puppies. If you aren't the patient sort, you may be tempted to buy a puppy from a pet store.
However, many pet store puppies come from puppy mills and have genetic health defects, bad temperaments, or
other problems. It is usually safest to buy a puppy directly from the breeder.
If you are interested in an older dog, you may want to
visit your local animal shelter or call a breed rescue. These groups evaluate the dogs' health and temperament
before adopting them out.
Once you've narrowed down the breed choices and have
decided which dog is right for you, don't get too relaxed. After all, you still have one more important decision
to make, what to name your new companion!