How to Decide Which Dog Breed is Right for You

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Choosing which breed of dog is right for you does not have to be an overwhelming process. Knowing your preferences, and doing a bit of research, will help you to choose wisely. Here are some points to consider when making your decision.

Energy Level

High-energy dogs, such as border collies, fit well with owners who lead an active lifestyle and have plenty of time for long walks and play sessions. People who work long hours and only have time for a quick daily walk pair better with low-energy dogs, such as basset hounds, who are more “couch-potatoes” rather than energetic, active dogs.


Take into account the size of your home, and yard, when choosing a dog breed. Large breeds need lots of room to exercise, while smaller breeds can do quite well in a small apartment.

If you have small children at home, keep in mind that while many large breeds are very gentle with children, they can accidentally knock little ones over.

Grooming Requirements

When researching different breeds, make sure to note the frequency of grooming that will be necessary. Some dogs are nearly maintenance-free while others will require frequent trips to a professional groomer.

Also, be sure to check whether or not the breed is known for abundant shedding. If you have white carpets throughout your home, a long, black-haired dog who sheds profusely might not be a great idea.

Temperament and Training

Knowing a breed's temperament is critical, especially if you have children. There are many breeds, such as Labradors, that are easy to train and make fantastic family dogs. Others, like Akitas, are skilled protectors.

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