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What Kind of Dog Should I Get

Sheetal Mandora May 13, 2019
There are a lot of factors involved before you make the decision of bringing a dog home. Read on to know what kind of dog should you get, and whether you'll be able to take the responsibilities.

Choosing the Right Breed

While selecting a breed, what you need to be aware of is, how good can you be to that dog. Don't just think of getting a dog because you want one. The responsibility is immense, and you need to keep in mind that each and every little decision you make will affect him/her as well.

Current Living Conditions

The place where you live makes an impact on selecting a particular dog breed. If you live in a small apartment, then your choices on dog breeds will differ from those who have a place of their own.
Pugs, Beagles, Chihuahuas, and Labradors are some of the best apartment dogs. You also need to be aware of the fact that every dog requires a specific amount of physical activity. This keeps them strong, healthy, and fun to be around.
On the other hand, if you do have a house of your own, then you may have a yard where the dog can play and run around. This gives you a wider choice for the perfect dog breed. In such cases, you can opt for Australian Shepherd, Irish Setter, Boston Terrier, Basset Hound, Bulldog, or Dalmatian.

For Singles or Families

Now let's look at this rationally. Although there are various types of dogs for single people, the choices of dog breeds will be limited. You need to focus on those dogs that can be left along for the entire day, and it won't be too much nuisance. Why? Since there won't be anyone home, you don't want a demanding dog waiting to be fed or taken care of.
Of course, once you are home, there won't be an issue with the amount of love you shower on him/her. Make this decision carefully as you will be gone for almost the entire day. For singles, Labradors, Maltese, Great Danes, Bull Terriers, Basenji, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers are the best. As for families, the criteria can change a little.
This depends if you have any kids at home. If yes, then what are their ages? There are some dogs who don't do really well with small kids. Here the dog behavior should be kept at the maximum high on your list of selection criteria. Which is why, you should look for the dog breeds such as Golden Retriever, Labrador, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Brittany Spaniel.

Grooming Requirements

Now this also differs from person to person. Some dog owners may find enough time to spend after each and every grooming needs a dog may have. However, many have fast-paced lives which should be taken into consideration.
Here, before selecting the breed, you need to know and understand the grooming requirements. This will tell you whether you want a non-shedding dog, long or short coat, thick or smooth coat, and long or spiky ears. The size, appearance, coat, and other physical attributes play an important role in selecting a particular breed.
If you are still confused and are wondering about which breed to select, then trust your instincts. When you are so enthusiastic about getting a dog and willing to take on the responsibility, it really doesn't matter which breed you choose. For you, it will be the best dog breed ever in your eyes.