Thursday, July 16, 2020

Choosing The Right Dog Breed

Choosing The Right Dog Breed

When bringing a dog into your home, there are a lot of different things that you need to consider. One of the most important discussions you need to have is what dog breed you are going to opt for. While it can be tempting to simply choose the dog breed you find the cutest, you need to think about the dog’s requirements and whether or not you are going to be able to provide them with the life they need. For example, if you work a lot and often go on business trips, a dog with separation anxiety and demanding exercise requirements is not going to be right for you. This is imperative because it is going to have an impact on your dog’s happiness. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common dog breeds and their characteristics to give you a better understanding.

Labrador Retriever

Let’s begin by taking a look at the Labrador Retriever, which is commonly referred to as a Lab or Labrador. This dog breed has a lifespan between 10 and 12 years. There are a number of positives associated with bringing this type of dog into your home. Labs form strong bonds with families, yet they can be taught to be left on their own. This company sells Labradors, and they will tell you that they are dependable and good nature dogs, which are also relatively easy to train because they are always eager to please. Aside from this, Labradors are low maintenance in terms of grooming and they are social by nature. So, if you currently have dogs in your home, it should not be too difficult to integrate a Labrador. The breed is well proven as being trustworthy and reliable, making exceptional family pets, especially as they have an affinity with children. 

There are some things that you do need to be cautious of if you decide to go for a Labrador, though. This includes the fact that Lab puppies can be quite boisterous and naughty. They also tend to be quite “mouthy” and this is something that you will need to curb when they are young - gently curb, of course! They can also be quite bouncy and overly enthusiastic when young as well, so basically you’re going to have a bit of a handful to start with. It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you to learn that they need a lot of daily exercise and mental stimulation. Finally, they do shed quite a lot throughout the year. Yellow Labs will shred more than black Labs. 

Siberian Husky

The next dog that we are going to take a look at is the Siberian Husky. These dogs have a lifespan between 12 and 14 years. They are also known by a number of other names, including Husky, Chuksha, Cukcha, Arctic Husky, and Sibe. Siberian Huskies are undeniably stunning animals, and they have beautiful personalities. However, they can be difficult to look after, and so they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. Let’s start with all of the good things, though! Huskies tend to get on with other dogs well, so long as they have been well-socialized. This is because they are social by their very nature. They are also laid-back and very forgiving dogs, making them easy going. A lot of pet owners are also pleased to learn that they do not have that “doggy smell” about them, which means you’re not going to be in a losing battle in terms of keeping your home fresh. Siberian huskies are also very intelligent and highly adaptable. They will not get stressed when they are in a new environment. They also love company and are extremely friendly with people, including children, and they are playful too, which can make them a wonderful addition to any home. 

As touched upon, there are a few things that you are going to need to keep in mind if you do decide to opt for a Siberian Husky. This includes the fact that they can be sensitive to certain medications and they tend to molt heavily throughout the year. This is even more so during the Fall and Spring months. You also need to take care when it comes to their diet, as they can find it difficult to digest a lot of cereals. Aside from this, they are known to trash gardens and be rather naughty! You are going to need to make sure your house is very secure, otherwise, your Husky will escape! Furthermore, Siberian Huskies do suffer from separation anxiety and they can be destructive when they are left on their own for a length of time. You may come back to a trashed property if that is the case! You are also going to need to make sure that you will be able to cater to the massive amounts of exercise that these dogs need. They are also known to howl for the sake of it and they are not very obedient due to the fact that they are highly intelligent and independent thinkers. You also cannot trust these dogs around any livestock or animal, as they have a very high prey drive, which simply cannot be curbed. Plus, as Huskies love everyone, they’re not the most loyal dogs in the world!

French Bulldog

The final dog that we are going to take a look at is the French Bulldog. These dogs tend to have a lifespan between 10 and 14 years. They are also commonly referred to as the Clown Dog, Frog Dog, or a Frenchie. This is one of the most popular dog breeds, and there are a number of reasons why this is the case. This includes the fact that these dogs are extremely adaptable, highly personable, and people-oriented. They also make excellent companions, as they are eager to please and very amenable without being too demanding. These dogs also have low shedding. However, unlike other dog breeds, they drop more hair in the Fall and Spring. They also only need short walks, rather than long ones, so this is a good dog breed if you have less time per day for exercise. They also make a good choice for first-time dog owners, as they are one of the lower maintenance dog breeds. They can be mischievous but they are very fun-loving. They are also very adaptable; they can live in a house or apartment. They tend to be good with children too, but they should always be supervised. 

So, what about the negatives associated with this dog breed? Well, it can be costly to purchase a well-bred pedigree French Bulldog puppy. Also, because of their flatter faces, they tend to overheat quite quickly when the weather is warm. They often suffer from separation anxiety and do not like to be left on their own for long periods of time. These dogs can also be prone to certain congenital and hereditary health issues. They can be smelly too if you do not care for their coats properly. Plus, they can be demanding, stubborn, and prone to “small dog syndrome” if they are pampered too much!

As you can see, different dog breeds have different requirements and characteristics. This is something that you need to consider carefully if you are thinking about bringing a dog into your family. It is important to make sure that you are in a position to provide your dog with a happy and healthy lifestyle. Doing your research first can go a long way to making sure that this is the case.

35 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Lots of information. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing, this is great info. I would love to get another dog sometime soon.

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  3. This is great info. Depending on how much exercise it needs and your ability to provide it are key

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  4. Thanks for this great information.

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  5. They all sound like wonderful dogs to have.

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  6. Thanks for the information! I have always wanted a Lab.

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  7. I have been researching dog breeds and want a maltipoo or bichonpoo. I would like a non shedding dog!

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  8. Great information! We have a Labrador Retriever and she is the best dog ever. They're a great family breed!

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  9. Thanks for the great information. I think people need to make sure the pet they pick out will fit in with their family.

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  10. It is so important to get the right type of dog that fits your lifestyle and will work in your family. So great insight and information.

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  11. Very awesome! I love my little dude. He is a Doberman trapped in a Chihuahua's body. My husband and I had chows and a chow/collie mix many years ago. Neither breed is really "people friendly" but then neither am I so we get along fine!

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  12. This is great info, thank you!! I really want a bulldog!

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  13. Great information. I've had a variety of dogs over the years from a 5 1/2 pound Pomeranian to a large German Shepherd. I would love to have another Shepherd but I'm in an apartment now and no space for a big dog.

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  14. It is really important to be informed on the different breeds to know what would fit their lifestyle. I had a Labrador growing up, and she was the best. I know now because of my allergies, and the amount of exercise they need, it wouldn't be the best breed for me at this point in my life.

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  15. great advice

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  16. This is an interesting article with lots of great info.

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  17. great info,its important to choose a dog for where you live,how much room you have and the activity level of you and the dog

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  18. So many dogs so hard to pick just one. Thanks. :)

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  19. i have always wanted a lab and reading this seems like they have a lot of positives.

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  20. Good information! We have friends looking for a new dog right now.

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  21. Great info in here! I have a Labrador Retriever and mine is about 2 years old. He is still a little boisterous at times, but very sweet and great with my kids!

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  22. I've had Australian Shepherds in the past, and they were still a handful even though we lived on a ranch and they worked almost daily. Wonderful, affectionate intelligent dogs but when I see people who have them living in an apartment I can't imagine how they do it!

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  23. This is interesting information on how to pick the right dog as a companion.

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  24. Yes, choosing the right dog is very important. I love my Yorkie so much. Although, it's like having a toddler all over again.

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  25. Former Pom breeder. Whenever someone wanted a dog for a ,,,,, beagle!

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  26. So much great information. I love the French Bulldog's.

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  27. So important to think about what dog will be the right fit.

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  28. I know the right breed for our family is a German Shepherd!!

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  29. I think its so important to choose the right dog breed for you and your family! It just makes it more healthier for everyone involved including the dog.
    @tisonlyme143

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  30. Dogs are such wonderful companions. This information is very useful for selecting the right dog for your family. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Nothing better than a new sweet loving little puppy! I have always owned chow chows one at a time and I must say they are not for everyone but fits wonderfully with our family. I feel a family/person is not complete without the unconditional love of a pet!

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  32. Thanks for the advice. My daughter would really like a dog although we are not planning to get one in the near future.

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  33. really good advice. took a lot of notes

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