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Choosing The Right Dog Breed

Jun 8, 2008
So you have decided that you would like a dog but just how do you set about choosing the right dog breed for you?

Firstly you need to consider where you live, how big is your property? Do you have a secure garden? If you are living in a small bed-sit or flat then you do not wish to purchase one of the bigger breeds such as a Great Dane or a St. Bernard, you could possibly own a Papillion or a Chihuahua.

If you are residing in a big property then you are more equipped for one of the bigger breeds but then choosing the right dog breed is not all about the size of your home, it is also down to personal choice. You might live in the biggest place imaginable but be opposed to big dogs, obviously if you are in a small place you could not even consider homing a big breed of dog.

How much time can you spend with your dog daily? This is a very important point to think about when choosing the right dog breed. Some breeds require a lot of exercise whilst some are more than happy with a gentle stroll around the block.

There are the "manic" breeds of dog these are the breeds that require at least 2-3 hours daily off lead exercise & even then would do it all again in a flash! These are the Border Collies, Huskies, Springer Spaniels & German Shepherds to name but a few.

This particular group of dog are best suited to people who are home most of the time, perhaps work from home & that can offer their dog play at home along with the outdoor exercise that they require.

You also need to consider who else will be living with the dog when choosing the right dog breed, if you have a family then you will require a dog that possesses a great temperament with children. A calmer breed of dog would be perfect maybe a Labrador or a Retriever.

Another point to consider when choosing the right breed of dog is that occasionally you will discover a dog that is not breed specific, by this I mean not all Border Collies are manic, speed freaks & not all Greyhounds are couch potatoes. There are certain dogs that just do not seem to of heard of their particular dog breed attributes & actually do not possess any of the "normal" qualities specific to their breed!

The best scenario when choosing the right dog breed is to spend time with your chosen dog first, before you leap into a purchase. Become acquainted with them, it takes time to know your dog's every thought & even then you cannot always predict what they are going to do.

You need to take your time when choosing the right dog breed. There are many mixed breeds out there that are loving & gentle dogs too, they have a mixture of several dogs characteristics in them which usually works in their favour.

So when choosing the right dog breed there are many aspects to consider, size of property, time available, who else is living with your chosen dog, other pets you might have, exercise required and your lifestyle.

Choosing the right breed of dog should take time & be taken as seriously as selecting a new car. Remember your chosen dog will, hopefully, be with you for the next 10-15 years so you really do need to ensure that your choice is the right one for both your sake & for your new dogs sake.
About the Author
Chris Smith is a long time dog owner and trainer. Chris specializes in positive, reward based training methods.

For more detailed information regarding the right choice of dog breed for you please visit How To Choose A Dog Breed.
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