Selecting Your New Dog: Which Breed Is Right For Me?

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When thinking about a new addition to their family, most people spend a large amount of time thinking, “which breed is right for me?” It all depends on your family, your lifestyle, and your home. Although you may be tempted to buy a certain breed based purely on looks, remember that a dog’s exercise & space requirements, grooming needs and general temperament are all vitally important. There are many categories that may help you decide on the breed that is right for you. Striking a balance between size, exercise requirements and temperament will set you on the right track to choosing the appropriate breed to successfully fit into your family.

Size

Size is important to consider, as most larger dogs require a lot more space than their toy counterparts. Transporting smaller dogs also proves to be a lot easier, so make sure you think about the places your dog will be travelling and the space it will require.

  • Extra Small: Chihuahua, Jack Russel, Pomeranian
  • Small: Miniature Poodle, Pug, Bichon Frise
  • Medium: Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel
  • Large: Golden Retriever, Labrador
  • Extra Large: Standard Poodle, German Shepherd
  • Giant: Great Dane, Bernese Mountain

Coat

For some, a dog’s coat is the first thing to consider. There are a growing number of Australians with allergies and hypoallergenic dogs are proving to be more and more popular. There are also certain breeds that shed more hair than others, meaning that maintenance can prove to be a hefty task. Below is a list of dogs that may be more suitable for an allergen sensitive household.

  • Labradoodle
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Australian Silky Terrier
  • Poodles (standard, miniature, toy)
  • Basenji

Temperament & Personality

A dog’s temperament may arguably be the most important feature when considering its suitability for your home.

  • Looking for a dog to protect your property and your family? Consider German Shepherds, Great Danes, Rotweillers, and Weimaraners.
  • Looking for a dog that requires a small amount of exercise? Consider Bulldogs and Shih Tzus.
  • Or a dog that requires a large amount of exercise? Consider Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and Australian Kelpies.
  • Would you prefer a dog that is incredibly loyal? Consider Shetland Sheepdogs, Boxers, Golden Retrievers and Yorkshire Terriers.

s_DSC_5428When selecting a breed of dog, remember that you are choosing a life companion. You need to make sure that you are able to cater to its needs, fulfil your duties as a dog owner and ultimately ensure that it is a perfect fit with your current lifestyle.  It is a good idea to talk to your local vet or dog trainer before you make the final decision, as they may be able to help point you in the right direction.