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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Breed

Cane Bay Summerville - Choosing right dog breedOftentimes we address questions or problems that brand new or longtime pet owners have. However, what if you’re not quite a pet owner just yet but are seriously considering getting a forever friend?

Today, you have come to the right place. Choosing the right dog breed can seem overwhelming when there are hundreds of options available. However, don’t fret. We’ll provide you with a few basic things to consider in order to help get you started.

1. How Much Space Do You Have?

It perhaps goes without saying that bigger dogs need more space to live comfortably. If you own a home and have a yard, a Great Dane or Mastiff might be the perfect fit for your family. Bigger breeds typically need more time outside and a bigger space for daily, healthful exercise.

However, smaller dogs may be better suited for apartment living. Some smaller breeds are not as restricted inside, and though all dogs must be taken outside daily, small dogs may still receive a decent amount of exercise and playtime indoors.

2. Consider The Climate

Did you know, according to Cesar Millan, some dogs adapt better in cooler climates than in warmer ones? For example, a Bulldog may face more respiratory issues in warmer weather, according to Millan.

On the other hand, Akitas and Bernese Mountain Dogs may thrive in the cooler temperatures of a northern state.

Please note: This does not mean German Shepherds or Akitas, for example, should never be purchased in the South or in warmer climates. As people prefer and thrive in different climates than others, so do some of our furry friends.

3. Allergies?

This is a big concern for many families when getting a dog. Having a family member that is allergic to pets does not completely restrict your ability to find the perfect pup, but it may limit your options.

Certain breeds – particularly those that don’t shed – are more allergy-friendly. For example, Schnauzers, Shih Tzus and Maltese dogs are just a few of the many hypoallergenic canines available that may be the perfect fit for a loved one who just can’t stop sneezing around your neighbor’s dog that sheds.

4. Consider The Cost

While there can be a hefty fee upfront to purchase your furry friend, oftentimes, the more expensive costs are associated with daily care and routine.

Vet bills, food, treats, medications, basic necessities like a crate, leash and bed add up quickly.

Bigger breeds tend to rack up the bills even faster. They eat more than smaller pups, and the vet bills are typically higher.

Purebreds are also known for having more health issues. Our purebred miniature schnauzer has suffered seizures his entire life, while our other dog, who is a mixture, has had very few health issues and is not taking any medications.

Though this may not be the case across the board, be aware that purchasing a purebred may lead to more financial commitments and health problems down the road.

5. What Is Your Personality Like?

Are you an outdoor enthusiast who loves adventure and is up for anything? If so, finding a dog that can join you on jogs or other excursions can make your companionship stronger.

On the other hand, if you are more relaxed and enjoy quiet time, reading, and cuddling on the couch, finding a tiny lap dog may better suit your lifestyle.

It may sound obvious, but never underestimate the power of finding a dog that is compatible with your personality. Doing so will allow for more bonding time.

6. How Much Maintenance Do You Have Time For?

When it comes down to it, some dogs are more high-maintenance than others. Certain dogs, because of their coat, need more grooming and care than their other canine counterparts.

While this seems like it should be a non-issue, websites like Yahoo!, VetStreet and PetBreeds have come up with lists of the most high-maintenance breeds. Make sure to research your breed of choice before making a time commitment beyond what you can accommodate.

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you can use these tips while choosing the right dog breed. If you enjoyed our article, please feel free to share it.

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