How to Get the Right Dog Breed for Your Family

Love at First Bite (Nip)

We are prone to instantly fall in love with some dogs and adopt them without 2nd thought only to find out later to never do that again.

We can be naturally drawn to certain dog breeds…but for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, some dogs may look cuter and more appealing than others, but you only get to know their true temperament and needs when you bring them home. It's a lot like dating...

Most people and pups put their best foot forward. But, as the relationship goes on, the newness wears off. Then more and more of the real personality comes out.


Here are a few things you need to consider when choosing a dog breed for your family.

1. Do Your Research

Conducting thorough research before making the purchase is always recommended. It will help you make an informed and smart decision. With complete knowledge of possible things and events that can occur if you bring a particular breed of dog home, you'll have a better chance of success with the right selection.

Having a resident dog comes with certain challenges, and if you don't get the right breed to fit in your family, it can make things a lot tougher. So, make sure you collect information about the breeds you're considering and their traits. This will help prevent making a hasty decision you could potentially regret later.

Choose your fur-child based not only on what they can do for you but, more importantly, what you can do for them.

It's easy to get a dog simply because they look cute and adorable. But, if your dog's behavior becomes unmanageable and deplorable, this changes things a hair.

You can conduct online research or ask your fellow fur-parent friends and family. Once you have a specific breed in mind, contact a reputable breeder to get a professional opinion to see if this breed will adjust well with your particular home and lifestyle.


2. Size Matters

The size of your new canine plays an essential role in determining what breed you should go for. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. You can get a one as small as a Teacup Chihuahua to larger than a Labrador or Great Dane.

The Bigger The Dog, The Bigger The Problem

You've to consider the size of your house and your own capability to handle the dog. You'll typically need greater strength as the size of your dog grows. Also, the bigger the dog usually requires a bigger space to keep them happy.

Similarly, smaller dogs tend to need more attention. If your family lifestyle is super busy, you'll have to select the breed that will complement it, not rip it to shreds.


3. The Temperament of the Dog

This is a vital characteristic to look for when you're bringing home your resident dog. Make sure to do your homework before making the final decision. Researching about breed traits can help you understand what kind of temperament each dog has. Youtube as an excellent series if you search for (dog breed) + 101. For example, French Bulldogs 101, Boxers 101, Pitbulls 101, etc.

Every Dog is a Good Dog

All dogs are unique and can make for a good companion, depending on the human they are living with. Although, if you have a busy lifestyle, you'll need a dog that demands less attention.


The Busy Beaver

If you have a busy family and it might be ruff trying to keep up with the high maintenance some breeds require. If this is the case, be extra careful in choosing your fur-child.

It's best to find a reputable dog trainer and ask for help to assist you in choosing the right breed with the least maintenance.


When In Doubt, Reach Out

Finding the right breed of dog for your family can be a difficult task. A professional dog trainer can understand your needs and lifestyle and then suggest the best breed options for you and your loved ones.

To get professional help choosing the right breed for you, CALL 330-240-0915


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