Selecting the Right Dog Breed

by Luvin digital on Dec 24, 2022

Selecting the Right Dog Breed

Dogs are absolutely adorable. However, many responsibilities come with sharing your living space with a four-pawed companion. It is necessary to have a clear understanding of your own living situation and what advantages or drawbacks it could have for you and your pet. Getting a breed that will fit-in well with your home environment will ensure both you and your pet are comfortable! Here are some factors to consider while selecting the right dog breed for your household.

The Space 

If you are thinking of bringing a dog into the apartment that you’re currently living in, you need to consider the amount of free space you will be able to provide for your pooch. For example, if there isn’t much space for a large dog to comfortably move around, you might want to look at the smaller pooches, say a Yorkshire TerrierShih Tzu, Pug, Maltese, or Chihuahua.

If you have a large house to yourself, all done up with spacious yard for your pet to run around and even train comfortably, you can look at the larger ones as well! The dog breeds like German Shepherds, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Boxer and Rottweiler fit this scenario. And of course, you can’t miss out on a chance to adopt an Indian Pariah Dog to give it a home! 

The amount of time you can spend with your dog

Dogs are companion animals. While certain dogs will be completely fine on their own for a few hours every day other might not be as comfortable. If you have work to attend to every day and if there’s no one else that you can leave your pets with, you should probably steer clear of certain breeds. You can leave German ShepherdsLabradors, Dachshund, Greyhounds and Cocker Spaniels, to their own devices for a few hours every day. 

Pugs, Toy Poodles, and Bulldogs, even Huskys don’t particularly enjoy being left alone and might get anxious. However, you might need to pay detailed attention to their health—pugs are known to genetically suffer from weak health. Chihuahuas and Pomeranians are the elites among small dog breeds and are perfect if you have a space crunch, but they simply aren’t the best at taking care of themselves. They can easily get distressed at the slightest provocation, so it’s probably a good thing that you can carry them around wherever you go in your small-sized dog

The dog’s grooming needs 

Grooming and maintenance are a big part of taking care of a dog. The greatest perk of pugs, Indies, Rottweiler, Bulldogs, and Boxers is that they shed little so their grooming needs are very easy to meet. Among the larger breeds, Great Danes and Dobermans would fall in this category as well. 

Golden Retrievers are known for being one of the most popular dog breeds in the world! But they require very meticulous grooming, every week. They also shed quite a lot. The same can be said for PomerianCocker SpanielsShih Tzu’s and Chow Chows. They need high maintenance because their gorgeous fur, adapted for a cold habitat, needs regular grooming and brushing.

The physical activity your dog requires 

If your flat is a part of a larger apartment complex, and you will have a grassy compound for the dog to run around in the evening, you could consider dogs that need or just enjoy more physical activity like a lively BeagleRottweilerDalmatian or an adorable fool of a Golden RetrieverBeaglesBoxers and Huskys are extremely lively and energetic. They might just inspire you to finally make that morning run, that you've been putting off every day, a part of your routine! 

If you don’t have enough free space or time, you could go for something less naturally active, like a pug or achihuahua

Obedience and competitive training for your dog 

For example, if you're bringing a Beagle puppy home, you will have to spend a considerable part of your time trying to train it. Rottweilers could also need you to hire a trainer or have experience with training dogs yourself. Great Danes and Greyhounds can also be trained, not just in basic obedience, but for competitive purposes. If competitions are something you have on your mind, you will have to ensure that you have the resources to afford the necessary training, and then search for a suitable breed. 

The role you need your dog to fit

Different people have different requirements and expectations from their pets. For example, you could just want a breed like a MalteseChihuahua or a Golden Retriever to shower all your affection on and go on relaxing walks with. 

On the other hand, if you are looking for a dog to increase the security of your house, German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are fairly common pets in large homes. They can be one of the best dog breeds in India to keep you company and guard the house, especially if they are trained right and their protective instincts are honed adequately. Indian Pariah Dogs are known for their incredible sense of loyalty and protectiveness for their own spaces, so you can count on them to alert you if they notice anything fishy. They can be one of the best dog breeds for families.

Your dog’s friendliness quotient 

Some dogs are unapproachable and intimidating, while some are cinnamon rolls. Chow chowsCocker spaniels,and Golden Retrievers, for example, are very cuddly and friendly, the kind that will become best friends with your child in a matter of minutes. Having friendly and approachable dogs around young children would be a wonderful experience for them as well. It is often recommended for young kids to have an animal companion. On the other hand, breeds that are traditionally bred as guard dogs might be less eager to make friends.  

In conclusion, it is good to have a thorough understanding of your living situation before getting a pooch home and what advantages or drawbacks it could have. If you consider the aforementioned factors before getting a dog home, you will be living a convenient and happy life for both you and your pet.

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