How to Pick the Right Dog

Bringing a new furry friend into your family can be such an exciting time. As you begin to start thinking about bringing a dog  home, so many questions race through your mind: “What’s the best dog breed for me?” “What are the best family dogs?”.  We have some tips you should consider to make sure you pick the best dog breed for you and your family.

Are you or anyone in your family allergic to dog fur? If so, you may want to consider choosing a breed that has dog hair, rather than fur, and is hypoallergenic. Some popular breeds that would be suitable for a home with dog allergies are:

  1. Shih Tzu
  2. Poodle
  3. Maltese
  4. Bichon frise

Home or apartment?
Do you live in a house with a backyard perfect for a game of fetch? Or do you live in a high rise apartment that may better suit a smaller breed? This is something important to consider when picking your new pup. Bigger dogs need more room to run and play, so a home with a fenced in yard would be the best fit for them. Smaller breeds need exercise too, but sometimes a round of fetch in an apartment or a walk around the neighborhood is enough for them.

Do you have children?

Some breeds are better with children than others. So, if you have little ones running around, then it would be best to pick a breed with a more child friendly demeanor. Children can sometimes be rough with their pets, so a dog that is more easy going and less easily agitated would get along better with your kiddos.

You can read more about breeds that are perfect for families with children here.

Do you want to adopt?
If you are looking to adopt a dog, rather than buying one from a breeder, you need to think about what kind of breed you are willing to adopt. Many times when you are adopting a dog, you cannot pick the specific breed. Often, you are not even sure what kind of breed it is you are adopting. If you have a more flexible home situation, without children or with a yard, this can be a good option as you can give a dog it’s forever home. But, if you have some restrictions, you may want to think about choosing a dog from a reputable breeder so you can personally pick the breed that matches your needs. There are many sources available to help you find a good dog breeder online.

When deciding to bring a new dog into your home, there are many important things to consider. But, if you take the time, do the research, and make the decision that feels like the right fit for you and your family, you will be lucky to welcome a new little furry friend into your home.