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Tips on Choosing Which Dog Breed Suits You and Your Personality

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You want to get a dog, but you don’t know how to choose a breed that compliments your personality.

Well, don’t worry. People all over the world ask this question all the time, and the answer is not as difficult as they think. So if you need help choosing a dog that matches your own personality then here are a few tips that will help you along the way.

Dog Maintenance

If you’re a laid back type of person who prefers easy routines then choose a low maintenance breed. However, if you think you have the time and the resources to take care of a high maintenance dog then go ahead and get one.

Dog maintenance can cover a wide range of activities, including brushing, bathing, walking, grooming, feeding, visits to the vet and more. Some dog breeds, like Border Collies and Afghan Hounds, require plenty of maintenance, whereas breeds like the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier, require little maintenance.

Examples of low maintenance dogs include:

– Chihuahuas

– Toy Fox Terriers

– Beagles

– Pugs

Examples of high maintenance dogs include:

– Border Collies

– Afghan Hounds

– Newfoundlands

– Maltese

Finally, if you like a particular breed, but aren’t sure about its maintenance requirements then look at its size, its appetite and the amount of hair on its body. Large dogs with large appetites and a lot of hair are generally difficult to take care of.

There are a lot of resources online that go into even greater detail about these things. Places like DoggyToggery provide invaluable information on pets and how to properly maintain them, and should be of great help.

Physical Activity

Some dog breeds were bred to do physically difficult tasks. A few good examples include the Husky (pulling snow sleds), Border Collies (herding sheep) and German Shepherd (various tasks). These types of breeds require constant exercise to keep them healthy, and some may start to behave badly if they are cooped up in a small apartment for too long.

On the other hand, there are also plenty of breeds that have little to no interest in physical activity. These breeds may run around the yard and engage in all kinds of antics, but they won’t pester you to walk them. A few good examples include Shih Tzus, Bulldogs and Basset Hounds.

If you like to jog or walk around town then get a breed that likes physical activity. However, if you prefer to stay at home and relax then you may prefer a docile breed to keep you company.

Temperament

Some dog breeds are docile and friendly, while others need to be thoroughly trained to remove their rough edges. The advantages of getting a docile dog breed is that they are easier to train, require little to no rewards and are generally easy to deal with.

However, this isn’t to say that more physically active or aggressive breeds are bad, Although these types of dogs are difficult to train, they are also more active and more playful if trained right.

If you or your family enjoy playful dogs then choose a physically active breed. If, however, you want a dog that won’t attack the trashcan or chase the cat around the house then pick a docile breed.

Examples of docile breeds include:

– Beagles

– Collies

– Bull Terriers

As for willful breeds, a few examples include:

– German Shepheds

– Akitas

– Rottweilers

Final Thoughts

Although this article was primarily concerned with dog breeds, it’s also important to look at a dog’s background and personality.

There are aggressive dogs among docile dog breeds, and docile dogs among aggressive breeds. Likewise, there are also large, hairy dogs that seem to enjoy bathing, and small, non-hairy dogs that seem to requite baths all the time.

So don’t rely on breed alone. Consider each dog individually. After all, they’ll become part of your family for years.

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