Which Dog Breed Will Suit You Best? May 24th, 2017
There are countless breeds of dogs. Dogs come in different shapes and sizes, which could mean choosing the ‘right’ one, can be an exhausting task. It can take several days or even weeks to trawl through all the important information necessary to narrow down your options. The ideal breed for you depends on the purpose you want the dog for. However, you have to consider some other factors before making a decision:
Evaluate Your Living Situation
You might want an Afghan hound, but if you live in a studio apartment, this dog breed will only cause havoc. Similarly, if someone in your house in allergic to dog fur, this means you will be restricted to only hypoallergenic dogs. In conclusion, the ‘best’ dog breed will be the one that your family can live with and one that can adjust to the space available in your home.
The Characteristics You Are Looking For
It is essential to also take into account what you are looking for in a dog. Do you want to go for an affectionate dog breed or a protective one? Will you be able to cope with a hyper dog or do you want a more sedate one? Are you willing to take the dog for daily exercise or not? Ask similar questions and answer them and then consider the information you have derived when deciding on a dog breed.
Check Out Online Resources
Before you decide on a dog breed, be thorough in your research. You will need to go through multiple resources to compare and cross-reference your answers. You can then go in-depth into researching the breeds, but it is important to have an idea of where you are going when choosing the right dog breed.
Understanding the Different Dog Breed Groups
There are several dog groups according to the English Kennel Club:
- The Pastoral Group: This includes herding dogs that are specifically bred to help humans look after and control stock. These dogs are playful, active and chasers in general. An example of this breed type includes the German shepherd.
- The Gundog Group: This group includes dogs that were originally bred to find and retrieve game. They are bred to be sociable and generally have a good retrieving instinct. Examples include Cocker Spaniel, Golden retriever and Labrador retriever.
- The Toy Dog Group: A majority of dogs in this group was bred for companionship or lap dogs. They are friendly and make for loving friends. Examples include Yorkshire terrier.
- The Working Group: Most dogs in this group were originally bred for guarding and searching, and perhaps to protect livestock or man. There are also dogs designed to pull boats, carts or sleighs, as well as for search and rescue. Examples include Doberman and Rottweiler and boxer.
- The Hound Group: This includes dogs who are capable of hunting by sight and those who utilize their sense of smell. Many dogs from this breed group have been bred to hunt in groups, and these breeds specifically are quite independent and often like running and doing their own thing. Examples include the English foxhound.
- The Terrier Group; Dogs in this group were originally bred to do a job that involved killing. Hence, they tend to be independent, tough and brave. This dog makes his own decisions and doesn’t wait to be told. Selective breeding has accounted for terriers with powerful characteristics. Examples of dogs in this group include Bull Terrier and Staffordshire terrier.
With this useful information, it should be easier to make a decision regarding the best dog breed type for your therapy animal.