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What Dog Breed is Right for You?

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Animals and Pets with 0 Comments

There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming a new addition to the family, so deciding to give a forever home to a dog is one of life’s big moments. Before you begin shopping for all the essentials, however, it’s important to consider what breed is really right for you.

Whether you’re bringing a puppy home or giving a forever home to an older dog, you’ll want to ensure you can provide the right environment for them. While it’s easy to get carried away when you see a wagging tail and soulful eyes, it’s only fair to get a new dog if you can give them the lifestyle they deserve.

With this in mind, take a look at these popular dog breeds and find out which is your perfect match:

1. Labrador Retriever

Already the most popular dog in the UK, Labradors are known for their kind, gentle nature and playful attitude. In many ways, they’re the perfect dog for family life, particularly if you’re looking for a breed you can have lots of outdoor fun with.

They are, however, extremely active dogs, so they’ll need lots of exercise to stay out of mischief. If you have a large garden and plenty of time to spend interacting with your dog, then a Labrador Retriever could be exactly what you’re looking for.

2. Shih Tzu

They might be known as Little Lions, but there’s nothing fearsome about the Shih Tzu. Friendly, outgoing and loyal, your Shih Tzu pup will be quite content to follow you from room to room and curl up on your lap at the end of a long day. If you have a smaller home or garden, this little breed could be the ideal size dog for your surroundings. Similarly, their affectionate nature makes them great with youngsters, so they’re always a popular family pet.

Like all dogs, Shih Tzus need daily exercise but, in comparison to many other breeds, they need a relatively short amount of time to burn off energy. They are, however, very sociable, so won’t enjoy spending lots of time alone. In addition to this, the grooming needs of a Shih Tzu are high, so be prepared to visit the groomers regularly when you allow a Shih Tzu pup into your heart and your home.

3. Greyhound

People tend to assume that Greyhounds require a vast amount of exercise but, generally, this isn’t the case. Despite being able to run exceptionally fast, the average Greyhound only requires a couple of 20-30 minute walks per day, along with some play time and mental stimulation. Furthermore, their kind, attentive and affectionate nature means they make great pets.

If you’re interested in rehoming an older dog, a greyhound could be the perfect choice for your family. With many ex-racing dogs being retired as they get older, there are plenty who are looking for the ultimate forever home. When you’re caring for an older dog, however, do beware of any aches and pains or mobility issues they have. An elevated dog bowl and comfortable bed can go a long way towards easing discomfort, but your vet will be able to provide bespoke advice about how to provide the best care for your dog.

4. Great Dane

One of the largest dog breeds out there, a Great Dane always makes its presence known. Reaching heights of around 108-126cm, you’ll need a large home and garden if you’re going to consider welcoming one of these dogs into your life. Unsurprisingly, Great Danes have high exercise needs, so expect to spend at least 90 minutes a day helping your pup to burn off excess energy.

Although some people find their size intimidating, Great Danes are typically affectionate, gentle and wonderful with children. Happy to play and curl up on a (large) couch or bed, they enjoy company and won’t take well to being left alone for long periods of time. If you’re able to spend enough time with a dog and have the space you’ll need, a Great Dane could be a lifetime companion.

Choosing the Perfect Dog Breed

All dog breeds have different traits and characteristics, so it’s important to consider these when you’re choosing a new family member. While every dog has its own unique temperament, looking at the breed’s characteristics will give you a firm idea about their needs. By focusing on the dog’s needs and making a realistic comparison to your lifestyle, you can ensure that you choose a pet that will be happy and healthy in your home.

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