Choosing The Right Breed Of Dog For Your Family

Choosing the right breed of dog can seem daunting. There are a lot of options.  It can be hard choosing a dog that suits your lifestyle best.Here are our suggestions for things to consider when selecting a dog breed for your family home.

Dog Size- Size is a big factor in choosing a dog. Larger breeds cost more to feed, neuter and medicate. Generally, larger breeds require more space and exercise than smaller dogs.Dog Temperament- The temperament of your dog is key.  Aggressive breeds can be problematic. Even if they are small, they are not a good option with young children.

It’s better to go for a more placid option if you have kids. Some classic child-friendly breeds include Labradors, Beagliers, Cavoodles and Pugaliers and Golden Retrievers.Intelligence- Intelligent dogs can be easier to train but can get up to mischief if bored.

If you are looking for a companion who can learn a whole host of new tricks, a Border Collie, Poodle or German Shepherd is the way to go. Just be prepared to keep them busy or working!Breed quirks- Different breeds have different quirks that can take a lot of adjustment. Husky’s are likely to dig burrows, howl at the moon, and hunt given half the chance.

Poodles and Bichon Frise have woolly coats instead of fur, which can result in less shedding or allergies. Keeping these types of quirks in mind can help identify which breed will be a good fit for your household.Exercise needs- All dogs require exercise, although some much more than others. Be realistic about how much exercise you are actually willing to do. Work backward from there.

If you aren’t a big walker or runner, a Border Collie or another similarly active species isn’t the choice for you.Tolerance to being alone- If you’re out of the house a lot, and can’t take the dog to work, a species that likes being alone sometimes is essential. Otherwise, you will have an unhappy or stressed dog. Neighbors might be annoyed about all the barking and whining.

Bassett Hounds, Maltese, and French Bulldogs are all good options for those with 9-5 jobs.

Dog Coat- Different coats require different amounts of maintenance and are suitable for different climates.

If you live in northern or central Australia, any species with a thick or double coat is going to be uncomfortable much of the time. This includes sheep-dogs and Pomeranians.

Instead, opt for a breed suitable to the climate; terriers, cattle dogs, retrievers and Koolies thrive in the heat. 

Locality- If possible, buy or adopt a dog locally. This gives you the chance to meet and verify the breeder beforehand. You can then ensure a potential new companion has the right temperament for your family.

This isn’t always possible if you want a specialty breed, although should be a priority.

Now that you have thought about which characteristics are best, we recommend narrowing down your options. An online breed quiz can be a good place to start.

We recommend one that is country specific like this one, as they list breeds that are available locally.

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Real Mom Review's founder and main author, Skye Moyer is a 27 year old, stay at home mother of four beautiful children who is currently traveling all over the U.S. in her RV! She has been married to her best friend for almost 10 years and is happiest when surrounded by family & friends!

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