Picking the Best Dog to Match Your Lifestyle
A dog provides companionship, love and comfort. On the flip side, adopting an animal is a big commitment that comes with a lot of responsibility. Before you adopt a new pup, it’s good to consider breed, size and age to make sure they match up with your lifestyle.
Whether you’re living on your own or a family adding another furry child to the bunch, this guide will help you find the perfect match.
Different dogs need different size homes to match their needs. If you want a large or high-energy breed, you will need the living space to match, as well as plenty of outside room for them to run and play.
If you live in a small apartment, a big dog such as a Labrador may be too large and become depressed or destructive from boredom. When it comes to apartment living, small dogs, such as Pugs, are a good choice because they don’t need as much space for exercise. Some medium-sized dogs, such as Bulldogs or Italian Greyhounds, are also comfortable in smaller living spaces because they have lower energy levels and happily lounge on the couch.
It’s also important to think about how easy it would be to take your pup out to exercise. If you live in a busy urban area, a high-energy pup that needs regular activity may not have the walking space they need close by.
Every dog needs a different amount of attention. If you’re a busy college student with limited time to exercise with your pup, dogs like the Clumber Spaniel, that only need a few walks a day, are a great choice. But the social butterfly who regularly has guests over may want a friendly breed, like the Papillon, that will be just as happy to see your friends as you are.
For someone who is looking to start a family, researching what breeds are typically good with kids and other pets is a necessity for introducing a new furry friend into your home. If security is a top priority for you, a watchdog like a German Shepherd, can help keep your family and home safe.
The climate you live in may also influence your choice, as some small dogs do not do well in cold climates. On the other hand, cold weather dogs like Alaskan Malamutes may not do well in intense heat.
When selecting your pet breed, you are also accepting their health needs. Besides regular exercise, training and feeding, your pup will need regular trips to the vet and medical care.
Each breed comes with their own set of unique likely health risks. Researching what these risks are for the dog breed you are considering will help give you an idea of what to expect and prepare for. However, there are some general rules of thumb to be aware of.
Giant dog breeds, like the Saint Bernard, are prone to hip dysplasia. This can cause joint pain and difficulty moving, which means controlling their weight will be very important for a healthy life. Other giant dog breeds, like the Great Dane, can struggle with different types of heart problems.
Small breeds can have their own health concerns, too. Brachycephalic airway syndrome is a common breathing problem that small and flat-faced breeds, like the Pug, sometimes develop. They have difficulty breathing, and it makes any strenuous or hot environment difficult or dangerous for them.
No health factors are guaranteed with any animal, but understanding the risks your pet may face could be a determining factor in which dog best fits you.
Keeping your dog groomed and cleaned is an important part of your pet’s wellness and personal hygiene. And remember, the cleaner your pup, the cleaner your house.
Generally, long-haired dogs need more grooming attention than short-haired dogs. They need consistent brushing to keep their hair neat and untangled, while short-haired dogs only need occasional brushing.
Curly haired breeds, like the Poodle, are high-maintenance dogs that are difficult to groom. Rather than just maintaining their hair at home, they need trips to a professional groomer for trims.
But if you’re considering grooming your pet at home, there are a few things to keep in mind. You can’t use human shampoo or conditioner to bathe your pets because it has a different pH balance than soaps made for dogs. Before you decided to clean your pup, ensure your DIY doggie spa uses safe products.
Whether you chose small or large, long or short haired, researching the best dog for your lifestyle can create a healthy relationship between you and your new pup. It is important to understand the responsibilities that come with dog ownership and DOGIPOT® is dedicated to helping pick up after and caring for your pup with its unique line of pet care products.