Dogs are great companions! Sadly, they’re not for everyone. Wanting a dog is not enough reason to get one. Dogs are animals that need to be cared for. Caring for them means giving time, effort, patience, and even money. You may want a dog, but you may not be ready to take care of one. However, if you are sure that you can properly take care of a dog, you must carefully choose the right dog breed for you.
Every dog has a distinct personality. The dog breed is one of the biggest factors that affect a dog’s temperament. Each breed has its pros and cons. It is up to you to train your dog and make it your perfect furry companion.
Take this quiz and see what dog breed is your top match.
While the quiz may already recommend you a dog, follow these steps to make sure you won’t go wrong in choosing the right dog breed for you:
In the quiz, you were asked where you live, how clean you want your place to be, and what your noise tolerance is. There are breeds that are great for the family and even gentle with kids. There are breeds that are great for an apartment setting, but there are breeds that really need lots of space. Dogs vary in temperament and even in their energy levels. Assess your situation. If you live in an apartment, a high-energy dog is not suitable for you. Unless you can promise to give the dog the exercise it needs, then probably you can choose a high-energy dog even if you are in live in an apartment.
You also have to consider your roommates if you have any. Are they okay with having a dog around? More importantly, you have to know if your apartment has restrictions regarding pets. Some breeds are also prohibited in some neighborhoods. Know which dog breeds are not allowed. It also helps you shortlist the dog breeds to choose from.
There are many factors to consider. It is best to imagine what it would be like to have a dog in your life before you move on to the next step.
List the qualities of a perfect dog for you. What kind of dog is perfect for your personality and lifestyle? Consider the size, temperament, and energy. Note what qualities are non-negotiable. It’s also good to take note of your budget. If you plan to buy a dog, you should know that some dog breeds are more expensive than others. Take into consideration the type of food you will need to buy for your dog too.
Since there are a lot of dog breeds, it’s quite impossible to look at each one. You may consider looking into your top match after taking the quiz and read more about that dog breed. There are also other quizzes that you can take online. Research using the qualities you listed in Step 2. You can also watch Dogs 101 videos in Animal Planet’s YouTube channel. They give really comprehensive information on different dog breeds. Remember to shortlist!
It could be a pet shop, dog shelter, or a kennel. See the dogs for yourself and find out what you like. See if the dog you like is on your shortlist. If not, you can add it and research more about it.
All dogs, regardless of their breed, make great companions. However, if you and your dog are a match, it’s surely going to be a wonderful experience!