Dog Breeds In Balance With Your Lifestyle
Adding a dog to your life takes careful consideration. From time commitments to your level of activity, there are many factors playing into the decision. Compounding the issue further is determining what kind of dog you should get. How many kinds are there? There are more than 150 purebreds, which does not include the newly emerged mixed breeds such as the Labradoodle or Cockapoo.
Just like every person is different, so are dogs. While there are shared features and personality traits within a breed, a dog’s temperament comes down to its training and life experiences. That said, some types are known for possessing certain qualities or mannerisms. Here is a brief look into choosing the right breed for your lifestyle.
Although few dogs will be happy being alone for long periods, a Shar Pei or Basset Hound can be easygoing. Ones to certainly avoid if you work long hours would be working or herding breeds such as Retrievers, Collies, Shepherds, and Setters.
Families looking for a pooch to pamper would match with numerous breeds. Well-known for being easygoing with kids are Retrievers, Pugs, Bulldogs, and especially the Newfoundland, or Newfie. Some breeds known for being not so great with kids are the Doberman, Rottweiler, Akita, and Pekingese. However, it’s important to keep in mind that any dog can be a wonderful family pet with the right training and handling.
All these points and more are important to consider before heading to a shelter or contacting a breeder. While a rescue may not have the purebred you’re looking for, some characteristics could still be present in mixed breeds and those oh-so-lovable mutts. If you’re planning to go through a breeder, find one that is well-versed in the puppy’s pedigree and can help you find the right fit for your home.
For further factors to chew over when choosing a canine companion, please see the accompanying resource.
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