How To Choose The Right Dog


Snaggle Foot | November 2021

If you’re considering getting a dog, it’s crucial to do your research and find the right one for you. While there are lots of different breeds out there that could fit into your lifestyle, it’s important to keep in mind that each breed, and each dog, has its own unique personality traits. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some questions to ask yourself to choose the right dog for you and your family!

What are your living arrangements? 

One of the main things you need to consider when determining which type of dog is right for your lifestyle and needs, is what kind of living arrangements you have. A house with a yard might be better suited for an active breed like a retriever or labradoodle. If you live in an apartment without any outdoor space, then it may make sense to adopt  a smaller dog or a cat instead.

How much time are you willing to spend with your dog each day?

If you are considering getting a new dog, think about the amount of time you are willing to commit each day. Not only will your dog need plenty of walks and playtime, but they also require your attention for daily care. For example, if you work long hours or have other commitments that keep you away from home for most of the day, it might be better to adopt an older pup who isn’t as active.

What kind of personality traits are you looking for in a dog?

What kind of personality traits are you looking for? Do you want a dog that is playful and energetic? Maybe one that is calm and gentle? Or maybe one that’s more protective and loyal? When it comes to picking out your perfect pup, remember that all dogs have different personalities so it’s really up to what suits your lifestyle best!

Does anyone in your family have allergies?

If you, or anyone in your family, has allergies or other sensitivities, it’s important to work with your doctor before getting a dog. This will help you narrow down which breeds are best for you. The American Kennel Club is a great resource to find a list of “hypoallergenic” dog breeds that are likely a safer choice. The real issue to consider is the severity of your allergies so you and your family can live comfortably with your new companion. 

Is the dog for you, or someone else?

You may be trying to do something nice, but if you don’t know what type of dog they want or need, you could end up doing more harm than good. If you are considering buying a furry friend as a gift, try taking some time to find out what kind of lifestyle your recipient has and whether their home is suitable for pets before making any decisions about which breed would best suit them. Getting them involved in the decision is the safest route to take. It will save everyone involved plenty of headaches down the road!

Do you have any other pets?

If you already have a pet at home, one thing that may be on your mind is how the two pets will get along. Will they become best friends? Can they co-exist peacefully? Is your existing pet going to be happy with this lifestyle change? Will you have enough time and attention for all of your animals? Do you have enough living space if you add another dog to your family? With all the factors to consider, it can be hard to make a decision. But what’s important is that you find a dog who will fit your entire family… humans and animals.

When deciding on the type of dog to get, it is important for you and your family to consider what each individual wants in a pet. A dog is a big commitment and it’s a decision that has an impact on the whole family. There are many factors to consider before getting one (or another one). Hopefully this list was helpful to start narrowing down what type of dog may be right for you! 

Best of luck in your search!

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