It is important to consider breed when making the decision to bring a new furry friend into your home. A dog of any breed can be a great companion, but it is important to do research before selecting a dog. While each individual dog has its own personality, they will have mannerisms that coincide with the breed.
Even when rescuing a dog, consideration of the breed is important. If the dog is a mix between breeds, consider all the aspects the dog may have. While the dog may not have every quality of each breed, any person should be prepared before getting a dog.
Everyone has certain breeds that they want or love. However, because a person likes the look or even some of the mannerisms of a dog, it does not mean that it is the best breed for them. No person should get a dog solely because they like the look of it. Many beautiful dogs are high-maintenance. For example, dogs with long hair likely need regular grooming and/or brushing. Despite hair length, many dogs shed, some worse than others. Some breeds also need extra attention due to high-energy, or even low-energy dogs need more devotion to ensure their health does not decline. Certain breeds are also known to bark and howl more than others. While every breed of dog is deserving of a loving home, it is important to assess if the owner can give a dog the proper care and attention it deserves.
If the owner lives in an apartment or small home, it may not be best to get a large breed, such as a Great Dane of Mastiff. Breeds such as these need a large amount of space and room to run or even relax. Large dogs can feel cramped and restless in small spaces. This is not to say that large dogs cannot have happy lives in smaller homes. However, it is important to consider the best space for a dog and if they will be happy and comfortable in the home. If there is a larger dog in a smaller space, it will likely be necessary to take the dog out on more walks or to the dog park. While big dogs are appealing and cuddly, it is important to consider if your area will be the best for a breed.
High-energy dogs, such as Australian Shepherds and Boarder Collies, need a large amount of exercise and room to run. Dogs such as this were bred to herd and have a large amount of space to run, so they naturally have more energy. Fenced in yards or frequent walks and runs are essential for these breeds. Without a way for these breeds to release their energy, they will likely act out and become destructive in the home. Before getting a high-energy dog, the owner should ensure they have enough time or space, so the dog may be able to do what it is bred for. Other dogs need a large amount of stimulation and challenges, like through play time, to prevent them from getting bored. Boredom leads to destruction and will not be a positive experience for the dog or the person.
Some breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels and Brussels Griffons, are demanding of attention and can get lonely and may misbehave or become depressed if they do not get enough attention. Many breeds are independent and do not require much attention, others like a moderate amount of affection, but breeds such as those previously named will demand as much attention as possible. Before getting a breed such as this it is important that the person determines if there will be enough time to give the dog as much attention as it would require. Dogs that need a large amount of attention may be best for families with multiple people, so the dog does not have to only rely on one person for the affection.
Health risks are important to keep in mind as well. Some dogs are more prone to conditions like hip dysplasia and others have a higher chance of getting ear infections or breathing problems. If the breed is more likely to have health issues it is important to observe them and take them for regular vet check-ups. While these issues vary from dog-to-dog they are still necessary to note as some people may not be able to donate as much time as a high-risk dog may need.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right breed of dog. Some dogs are better fit for smaller spaces, high-activity households, and homes with more time to devote than others. There is a breed that is suited for each person. Training and patience may be necessary before a person can achieve ultimate compatibility. Though all dogs deserve a loving home, it is best to research any dog breed before making the commitment to bring a pup into your home.