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There are many factors to consider when finding the perfect pup for your family. Not all dogs are created equal, and while we think they are all very good boys and girls, some dog breeds may be better suited for your home than others. This guide will help you discover which four-legged friend is best for you by examining key considerations, including breed traits and personalities.
When choosing a dog, it's important to consider the physical traits like size and maintenance requirements of the dog breed you’re interested in. Dogs can range in size from small lap dogs, like a Chihuahua, to giant dogs (who may still try to be lap dogs), like great danes, and everything in between. Some breeds will be lazier and require less exercise, like greyhounds, and others will be highly energetic and need lots of outdoor activity, like border collies. Physical traits like fur type also vary. Some dogs have short, manageable hair that’s easy to care for at home, like pit bulls, while others have longer and more unruly coats which require more consistent trips to the groomer, like doodles.
Additionally, it’s important to consider the personality traits of a dog breed, including trainability, intelligence, and temperament. Some dogs are naturally good with kids, like golden retrievers, while others may prefer a singular companion who has time and patience to train them, like a chow chow. Additionally, consider the intelligence and temperament of the breed you are considering. Some dogs will be highly intelligent and stubborn, like a dachshund. Others will be more laid back and goofy, like a French bulldog. Examining these characteristics according to your lifestyle may help determine the type of breed that will be the best fit for your family.
Consider, without judgment, your day-to-day lifestyle. Are you active, or do you prefer a cuddly couch companion? Do you have kids or other pets? How much time will you be able to dedicate to training a dog? Regardless of your situation, be honest with yourself to best understand your needs and compare them to common breed characteristics. With some research, you can find the perfect pup for your home in no time.
If you are considering bringing a dog home, one of the best ways to make sure you pick the perfect one is to visit local animal shelters or breeders and meet them in person! If you’re undecided on where to get your dog, check out our blog on the pros and cons of adopting vs. buying a dog for a few tips. By visiting prospective, adoptable dogs, you can meet many different types of pups and learn about them in-depth to determine if they may be a good fit for your family.
If you’ve decided to purchase a puppy from a breeder, it's essential to research them. Ask lots of questions before deciding on whom to buy from to ensure the breeder is knowledgeable and checks their puppies’ health, among other things. These questions will help build your confidence in your choice and kick-start a positive relationship with your dog for years to come.
If you’re still unsure if a puppy is the best fit for your family, check out this blog, where we’ve outlined the pros and cons of adopting a senior dog.
If you're getting ready to welcome a pup into your family, there's one thing that can't be forgotten: preparation! Before bringing your new furry friend home, make sure to purchase the necessary supplies - such as food, treats, toys, and a collar. We recommend browsing the selection offered by K9 & Company to start. Remember that certain breeds will have different needs (e.g., a bully breed needs a sturdier harness than a Chihuahua due to their strength and stature.)
Additionally, consider enrolling your pup in dog training classes to prepare them for their new home and life. This is especially important for breeds who tend to be anxious and/or shy around people and other dogs. Getting them started on the right paw will help prevent future issues.
Certain breeds require different nutrition, preventative care, and other medical care throughout their life. It may be helpful to consult a veterinarian, especially one you plan to take your dog to, before you get your new furry friend. They can help you prepare for your pup and may even help you choose a breed best suited to your family!
Bringing a dog into your home is an exciting and rewarding experience. You should carefully consider the type of dog that fits your family and lifestyle best, as different breeds have different needs. From researching breeds to getting to know the pup personally, you'll want to ensure you're picking the right dog for your family. What breed are you considering? Let us know in the comments below! With the proper preparation and maintenance, we know your pup will be a fantastic addition to the family.
Don’t forget to provide your new furry friend with all the supplies they need from K9 & Company! Check out our website today.