A little while ago we talked about how important it is to really think things through before adding a dog to your family. I asked you to think about which dog breed is right for you, and today I want to expand on that just a little bit.
Different from when we bring those 2-legged kids into our family, with a dog we get to choose the most suitable match for our home and lifestyle. Of course, to find the perfect breed there are a number of key factors to consider.
If you’re wondering which breed is right for you and your family, keep reading for some great ways to help you figure it out.
Which Dog Breed is Right For You?
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing one dog breed over another is size. This is particularly relevant if you have limited living space, yard area, or are unable to physically handle a large breed dog such as a Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, or Rottweiler.
Size is also a factor as it relates to the cost of taking care of your canine baby. As a general rule, larger dogs will eat more, their grooming bills will be higher, and the cost of veterinary care will most likely be greater than that of a smaller dog.
Next, before deciding on a dog breed, it is vital to consider the activity level of the pup you will be taking on. How active are you willing to be, is the question that you will need to ask. While all dogs need daily exercise and attention, larger breed dogs tend to require more activity than their smaller counterparts.
For example, if you are considering a breed like the Vizsla, you will need to provide extensive exercise every day in order to keep them happy and healthy. These high energy dogs need a home with an active family that will provide them with the daily exercise that they thrive on.
Of course, temperament is also a crucial factor to consider when choosing a dog breed. This is why it’s so important to research the breed(s) you’re most interested in, keeping in mind that there are no hard and fast rules.
Just as every human being is different, every dog is different as well. Some breeds get a bad rap because of their perceived behavior, so it’s important to assess the individual dog, as well as doing the breed research.
Last but certainly not least, make sure your dog’s breed health history is a good match for your personality and lifestyle. Many breeds are predisposed to certain medical conditions, and having that information before choosing a dog is very helpful and might save you time and money in the long run.
Luckily, if you do your research and educate yourself, you can arm yourself with the information and knowledge to choose the breed that is the best match for your family. This is super important because it’s the first step in creating a happy, healthy long-term relationship between you and your dog.
Here’s a little something to aid you in your research. With the help of animal behaviorists, Rover built a tool to help match your lifestyle with compatible dog breeds. Learn about which dogs are great for apartment living or which are best to take on a long hike (they might surprise you!).
There are so many benefits of raising kids and dogs together, so set yourself up for success by getting all the facts before bringing your dog home.
What’s your best tip for finding the right breed for your family?
Share it with me in a comment below, or better yet, stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!