What Kind Of Dog Should You Adopt?
Have you been looking for a dog lately? Have you considered which breed is right for you? There are so many questions to consider, like health, exercise, socialization, nutrition, and more. Adopting a dog is like having another child; it can be hard work! But in the end, a dog is the most rewarding companion you can ever have! So which dog breed should you adopt?
What kind of house do you live in?
How big is your yard?
If you have children, how old are they?
Is there an elderly person living with you or visits often?
Have you owned a dog before?
What size dog are you looking for?
How much money and time are you willing to spend on grooming your dog?
Does your city have BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)?
How much exercise are you willing to give your dog a day?
Be honest: How much do you really know about dogs?
How often will your dog be home alone each day?
Are you looking for a job for your dog?
What kind of weather do you get?
Are you looking for a highly trainable dog?
Be honest... why are you looking for a dog?
Are you able/willing to train a dog that's likely to be aggressive or have social issues?
Do you plan on taking your dog out many places?
Do you want a clingy dog? (A dog that is obsessed with you essentially.)
All dogs bark (except for the Basenji), but how tolerant are you to it?
What's your favorite thing about dogs?
If you got a household full of children and the elderly, look no further than the trusty Newfoundland! Most people recommend the Golden or Labrador Retriever for those households with many kids, but they forgot about how loyal, docile, and gentle the Newfoundland really is!
The Newfoundland is a large, fluffy dog originating from- you guessed it- Newfoundland! It was originally bred as a rescue dog for those lost in the water. These dogs can weigh from 120lbs to 150lbs, but don't be intimidated by their size! They will willingly accept piggy back rides and tail tugging from those wild children. They are very loyal and will protect your family when needed, however they're more likely to lick strangers if not trained to protect! They also get along with other dogs pretty well, but take extra precautions because of their size always.
The Newfoundland is also known as the "Newfie", the "Nanny Dog", and "The Gentle Giant". These Newfies are pretty heavy so minimal exercise is required to keep them happy. They'll do just fine with a walk around the block if that's what you please. In fact the might enjoy pulling your children in the wagon!
Like most large dogs, the Newfoundland is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. They can also get cystinuria (a hereditary defect that forms calculi stones in the bladder) and subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS), which is a heart defect. But as long as you feed your dog healthy food and participate in annual vet check-ups, you'll be on the right track.
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
Getting this dog means that you are very versatile! The American Pit Bull Terrier is not to be confused with the American Staffordsire Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They are all different breeds! The APBT is a very interesting and intelligent dog that is INCREDIBLY loyal to their masters. Because of this, some inhumane people train these dogs to fight and hurt other animals and people. Like people, all dogs are individuals and act differently based off their experiences in life.. The APBT has proven to be a wonderful, obedient, and gentle breed when trained properly!
What makes this dog so impressive is that it'll do ANYTHING you ask it to. If you want to run 10 miles or sleep for hours, they'll do it. If you want a patient service dog or a 24/7 guard dog, they'll qualify. If you want the next doggie genius or just teach it sit; it doesn't matter. They will willingly do whatever you say because they love you.
The APBT normally weighs in between 40lbs-65lbs, with males being considerably larger than the females. They will do just fine in an apartment, house, ranch or a mansion, as long as exercise requirements are met (as with any dog breed).
These dogs are not recommended for first time dog owners because they can easily turn into a disaster if not trained and socialized properly. Some people who truly believe they are raising these dogs correctly end up raising the wrong dog because they fail to notice the signs the dog gives. An experienced owner with lots of knowledge on how to raise a dog is essential with the APBT. That's the reason why you see so many pit bull attacks on the news- not only do they help sell and make money, but so many people underestimate the breed and fail to understand it!
These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia and can easily dislocate and tear joints if prone to excessive exercise. They also tend to develope allergies easier than other dogs and can have a various stages of arthritis. This is a dog that you may need to visit the vet more often... they are accident prone big time!
If you have lots of experience with big, challenging dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier will be a reward for you!
Got an active household? This dog is calling for you! The Australian Shepherd is a beautiful, magnificent herding dog that actually was bred in in the country hills of... America!!!
Yes, this is an all-American breed, ready for the next task on your hands. These dogs are too smart for their own good, and never want to stop pleasing you. Their main skill is herding, as that was what they were bred for. Because they are a herding breed, they may try to herd small children- so a family with young children isn't impossible to coexist with, but isn't recommended.
These dogs are usually between 35lbs and 55lbs, and they have long, wavy fur that needs to be brushed once in awhile. This is is a rather small, compact dog but possesses an excessive amount of boundless energy. They LOVE to work and work and work all day, and NEED mental stimulation! A very active owner is ideal for this dog, and without proper mental stimulation, they can become destructive and tear up your furniture and even you!
On the bright side, they are one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there, along with the Border Collie, Golden Retriever, and Poodle! Teaching them sit is too easy- they would prefer to give you tissues and throw them away themselves (it's been done!)
Toy Poodles aren't just for prissy girly girls... they're actually some of the smartest lap dogs out there, and would much prefer to play fetch and swim than dress up and sleep in purses! That being said, they ARE very small dogs and are popular apartment dogs. They also are top picks for households with children.
However, there are some conflicts. This German breed of dog is too fragile to be around young children, and do better with older families despite the fact that they are popular picks for children. They absolutely LOVE attention from one person, and tend to follow that person around "obsessively". They enjoy people more than other dogs.
So if you don't have time to give this dog attention all the time, this probably isn't the dog for you. The Toy Poodle is a great watchdog and companion, and they tend to believe they are "better" than other dogs. They think that they are Great Danes on the inside! But don't go as far as to spoil your dog... it's very easy to give in and spoil a Toy Poodle. Treat it like a dog still, and you'll have a great friend who won't get on your nerves!
For those families who would rather sit around and watch television, the Basset Hound might just be calling you! This patient, low energy dog is great with families with children but need a relaxed atmosphere. They crave their alone time as they are an independent breed, but that doesn't mean they aren't sociable! They still love giving kisses and receiving hugs from all different people!
The Basset Hound may be short, but they are heavy. Weighing up to 65lbs, the Basset is a hunting breed, bred to hunt and track small game. However, their short legs prevent them from lots of exercise and they therefore get worn out easier. They are still adventurous and may try to dig and escape your backyard if bored or left unattended for too long!
These dogs also cost lot of the vet bill. They are generally a healthy breed, but dogs like Basset Hounds that have many wrinkles around their face need frequent washing in between their wrinkles to clean out trapped dirt and whatnot. They also may develop back problems, like Corgis and Dachshunds. Their long backs and short legs make it very difficult to walk for long periods and walking up and down stairs may be a problem, especially among older Bassets. Avoid overfeeding these dogs, especially because exercise is difficult for them.
If you are laid back and affectionate like this breed, you will have a best friend for life. Consider giving this wonderful breed a home!
If you're a bit anti-social and need a 24/7 guard dog, then the Chow Chow is your dog! This is a dog that is extremely independent. They are wary of other dogs and strangers, and training them can be difficult. They are aloof and aren't satisfied with "sit". They need a very patient, firm owner with PLENTY of experience to raise them, otherwise they can turn into a very dangerous beast with no control!
They might sound like a dog that nobody would want to adopt, but that's where you're wrong. When given the proper care and training, these dogs can become the greatest companion and friend. They love and love their families and do great with children as they are natural guardians and protectors. Chow Chows make excellent natural guard dogs, as it is instinct for them to protect their homes with their lives.
This is a dog that needs a lot of grooming and maintenance, otherwise their fur will grow very, very long and can get very hot in the summer. Medium amounts of exercise is required for this dog. A simply walk every day or two will keep these dogs happy. But if you neglect exercise, they are even more prone to aggression and destruction. They are a somewhat healthy breed, but can develop joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia.
This serious minded, cat-like dog is only meant for experienced families. They can be very rewarding, loyal guardians and companions if socialized correctly.
Got children? Got other dogs? This dog is amazing with both- and thrive for attention! Yes, the pug is a silly looking little dog with a need for love and attention. They are happy, affectionate pups with curious minds and a love of playing! That's what makes them so great with children. They might be small but they're hearty, robust, and have a heart that can melt anyone!
The Pug is an ancient breed, hailing from China. They are the largest member of the Toy group, and have infamous curly little tails and short snouts. So short that yes, they possess many health problems. They are not active athletes as they have many breathing issues related to their short snout. They also need frequent cleaning in between their wrinkles to get out all the dirt, and need a special diet to ensure they don't overeat. They can easily over-heat and freeze in extreme temperatures, so if you live somewhere where it's always cold or always very hot annually, you might want to reconsider this breed.
Pugs are somewhat eager to please. Some may be stubborn, but others have been quite easy to train. Either way, like all dogs, they need proper socialization and exposure to children and pets. Some Pugs have developed aggression towards other dogs, but it isn't likely. These goof balls just want to run around a play, and then crash out on the floor and sleep for hours. They are really, really similar to young children, and that's why they get along so well!
So if your children are begging you for a dog, why not get yourself a pug? You might end up appreciating the little guy after all!
Hey, not all people have to own dogs. You just weren't meant for one! But cats are just as great.