Getting a New Dog: What Breed is Best For Me?

Dogs make the perfect pets, even though most cat lovers will disagree. Which other pet wags its tail happily when you’re in a grumpy mood? It’s nice to see you agree with us; after all, you are planning on getting a new dog. 

This process is not as simple as waltzing into your local rescue and picking the first fur baby you fall in love with. Remember that what you do pick will be a part of your family for the next 7-15 years on average. This is why special attention should be taken when picking a new dog. 

Why Should I Be Concerned About The Breed I Get?

Remember when we talked about being a part of your family for the next 7-15 years?  Let’s say you pick a Caucasian shepherd even though you’re not a very active person. You’d be left with an unhappy dog that would most likely channel that energy into wreaking havoc in your backyard. 

While we won’t be able to touch on this topic extensively, let us consider some popular breeds that would be perfect for different living conditions. 

People With Allergies

Allergies: the people that have them hate them. It just seems like nature doesn’t want them to experience the world unencumbered.  If you still want to own a dog but are allergic to them, what you need is a hypoallergenic dog. Simply put, breeds that fall under this class barely shed fur thereby eliminating dander which can trigger the allergy. 


Some Hypoallergenic dogs include: 

  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Affenpinscher
  • Basenji
  • Hairless Chinese Crested

First-Time Dog Owners

You just visited a friend or family member and fell in love with their cute fur ball, now you must have one too. Take care, or you might make a very common mistake which is getting a breed meant for seasoned owners. Some breeds require more training and attention while others can get by with the bare minimum. 

Here are some breeds newbie pet owners should consider:

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Papillon
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • English Springer Spaniel

Climate

While you’re looking for the perfect fit for your home, you should also consider the climate they’re best suited for. Let’s use the Husky for instance—these dogs are equipped by nature to thrive in cold areas. It is common to see Husky owners who live in hot temperate regions cooling their dogs off with water or even ice blocks. 

Yes, every dog deserves a home. But the best home is one nature has equipped them to live in. 

If you live in a hot temperate region, you should get:   

  • American Water Spaniel
  • Great Dane
  • Border Collie 
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Australian Cattle Dog

If you live in a cold temperate region, you should get:

  • Siberian Husky
  • Saint Benard
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Newfoundland

Conclusion

Getting a dog is exciting, and it is easy to get caught up in the moment. However, you want to ensure you and your pet have the best lives possible. Get a breed that isn’t compatible with your lifestyle, and you’ll be an unhappy dog owner.

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