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A Guide to Finding the Perfect Dog

Edited By: Sheldon O'Riley
 When it comes to getting a dog, many people choose a breed based purely on its appearance or what’s currently popular. However, professional dog trainers and experts suggest paying attention to other characteristics as well. Everybody will be happy when the dog’s needs match the owner’s lifestyle. The guide below will help you find the perfect dog for you. 
 
Guard Dog
Dogs

If you’re looking for a dog to look after your home, you should probably consider getting a Doberman, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or Pinscher. These breeds are natural guard dogs so they don’t trust strangers and will protect your home.

Unfit breed

Retrievers - these dogs are too friendly and every thief will be welcomed into your house with a wagging tail and slobbering tongue.

Family Dog
Dogs

This is where a Golden Retriever or Labrador would be unbeatable since they love children and are always ready to play. If you think they’re too big, then you could consider getting a beagle.

Unfit breed

Pekingese - this breed of dog prefers to be the only child in the family.

 

Athletic Dog
Dogs

If you like to go for a run every morning and need a training buddy, you should consider a Pointer or a Setter as they are built for running. If you’re looking for something smaller, a Jack Russel Terrier is another good choice.

Unfit breeds

English Bulldog or Pug - they struggle with too much exercise.

Lap Dog
Dogs

If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy who is always happy to rest on the couch while you’re reading a book or watching TV, a French bulldog or a Maltese is the perfect choice.

Unfit breeds

Any working breeds - they require lots of exercise.

Dog for Busy Singles
Dogs

Generally speaking, dogs are social animals, but some breeds are more suited for being home alone than others. If your dog will be on its own most of the time, you should think about getting a Basset Hound or a Shar Pei.

Unfit breeds

Retrievers or Collies - they like and need constant socializing.

Dog for Seniors
Dogs

If you’re retired and can finally spend some more time with your furry friend, a good choice would be a Boston terrier, a Pug or a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These breeds are affectionate and playful without requiring hours of exercise.

Unfit breeds

Large dogs - they are very active and require much attention and exercise.

 
Dog for an Apartment
Dogs

The size of the dog doesn’t matter here, but their temperament does. Just because a dog is small, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be happy with living in an apartment. You should consider getting a Bulldog or Yorkshire terrier.

Unfit breeds

Chihuahuas - they are small, but they’re very active.

Dog for Multi-Pet Households Dogs

If you already have pets at home, you must choose the breed carefully, as you will want your pets to get along. Collies, Retrievers, and Spaniels are always happy to have company to play with.

Unfit breeds

Terriers or fighter dogs - they have beautiful personalities, but it’s in their nature to be competitive.

Dogs That Tolerate Hot Weather
Dogs

Most of us love summer, but not all dogs will agree with us. Surprisingly, many short-haired breeds will struggle in a tropical climate as it depends not on their coat but facial structure and size. You should consider getting a terrier.

Unfit breeds

St. Bernard’s, Samoyeds, and Boxers - these breeds do not feel well in hot weather.

Dogs That Tolerate Cold Weather
Dogs

The breeds that prefer a colder climate normally have a thick double coat and more body fat. As you probably expected, a good choice is a Husky, Malamute, or a Samoyed.

Unfit breeds

Doberman - they despise the cold.

Dog for a Newbie
Dogs

If you’re a new dog owner, then a Border collie, Labrador, or Poodle will be perfect for you. These breeds are intelligent, easy to train, and are not stubborn.

Unfit breeds

Terrier or Schnauzer - they require more patience.

Hypoallergenic Dog
Dogs

If you’re allergic to dog hair, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have a dog. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is the most common cause of pet allergies and Schnauzers can be a good choice since they’re known for producing less dander than other breeds. Another great option is a Poodle.

Unfit breeds

German Shepherd - due to their dry skin, a lot of dander can build up.

 

Source: brightside 

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