Choosing the Best Dog Breed for You
Some dog lovers spend a great deal of time choosing the right dog breed before they decide to
purchase a dog. For them, the dog’s breed is one contributing factor to its value. That is why most families
who decide to get a dog, they know that choosing the right breed is crucial. Recognize that any dog will
need time and love to reach his or her potential and fulfill your expectations.
The dog above is my sheltie (shetland sheepdog) named Luke. When looking for
another dog, I had three rules, not too young, preferably not male, and definitely not with long
hair. This mutt failed all three rules, at eleven months old and living in a mobile home, he was a
hyper yapping pain. But, we took him when he needed a home, and with a yard and some socialization he
has redefined my opinion of just how good a dog can be. And completely revised my expectations of
just what a dog is capable of.
Today, there are 70 million dogs in the United States but the American Kennel Club only recognizes 143 breeds of
dogs. Still, with these numbers, choosing the right kind of dog breed for the family can be very tedious.
However, most pet shop owners contend that the reasons why the preference of the people in choosing their
dogs may vary from one person to another is because each person has its own pre-conceived idea what he wants in a
dog. It all depends on the physical attributes.
There are those who fancy the size, the shape of the face, the looks, or even the temper. But whatever
preference an individual has regarding his choice for dogs, there are important factors that you must remember in
choosing a particular dog breed.
Here’s a list of the things that must be considered first:
1. The size of the house
Many people tend to forget this factor. The area of the house should be the primary factor to consider before
buying the best dog breed available.
For example, if a future dog owner is living in an apartment, there’s no sense is buying a large dog.
Obviously, it’s better to opt for those cute little canines that don’t need too much space to raise them.
2. The children
If a future dog owner has children, it’s best to consider the children rather than his own preference.
Delicate dogs like Chihuahua are not advisable because they are too frail to let the children take care of them.
Big dogs like Saint Bernard could also pose some risk on the children. The bottom line is to choose a breed of dog
depending on the age of the children and how many there are in the house.
3. The nature of the job
For people who would love to have a dog but don’t have time to devote to grooming, consider a dog that
doesn’t need a great deal of grooming like Terriers. Most Terriers have short hair and they don’t need a lot of
fuss on their hair.
Boiled down, the best dog breed is the one that fits the kind of life the future owner has. Compatibility is
the key in this kind of situation.