Questions To Ask When Choosing The Right Dog Breed

If you are at the point in your life where you have a home, you seem to have this whole adult thing in the
bag and you are financially stable… you might be thinking about getting a dog. Dogs are amazing
companions and are the best addition to a family home, but often it can be hard to work out what breed
of dog you should get for yourself. Here are some of the things you have to think about when choosing a
dog breed to suit you.

How big is your house?

Before you think about bringing a dog into your home you need to think about how much space you
have in your house. If you have a massive space like the South Side Farm does, you would be able to
pick a larger breed such as a Vizsla, Collie or even a Doberman. For the average family Home you could
go for a Labrador, Golden Retriever, Spaniel, Husky and many more. If you live in a small Home or a flat
you will want to stick to toy breeds such as Pugs, Terriers and Chihuahuas.

Do you have other pets?

If you already have other pets such as another dog or a cat, this will make the choice of dog a lot more
complicated than it was before. Many dogs are happy to socialise with different animals and are laid
back when it comes to sharing their home, however some breeds are a little more protective over their
territory. If you want a dog which can get along with dogs or cats in the home you will want a social
breed such as a Boxer, Spaniel, Beagle or Labrador. Of course, there are other breeds which also love
other animals so it is worth doing some extra research.

How long will you spend at work?

The main question that you have to ask yourself when it comes to getting a dog is how long in the day
you will be at work, or whether you work from
Home. Cats are very independent animals and they are able to lead and enter the house at any time
during the day, but dogs are dependant on us. If everyone in the family will be out every day, it isn’t fair
to get a dog at all. However, if your workplace is willing to have an office dog or if you are only leaving
them for a few hours, you should be fine. Dogs such as Labradors, Pugs and other laid back breeds are
happy enough to be sleeping for hours during the day. However busy breeds such as Collies and Hound
Dogs are definitely not to be left alone for long.

Can you take them for enough exercise?

Every dog needs to be taken out for walks each day otherwise all of those treats you give them
(in secret) will start to pile up around the belly. Dogs need to be outside and need the ability to socialise
with other humans and dogs as well as play with you. You need to make sure you have enough time to
exercise your dog each day because they won’t stay healthy and fit if you don’t and this can cause
health issues later in their lives. For example a pug will only need about an hour a day of exercise
because of their size, but a large dog such as a German Shepherd will need at least 2-3, if not 4 hours if
they are particularly energetic. Think about your lifestyle and this will help you decide on the dog you are
able to keep.

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