Choosing a Dog Breed
Tuesday 27 November 2012
What Kind of Dog Suits Me?
Choosing the right dog breed for your individual situation is extremely important. A large garden or a farm at the edge of a town is suitable for almost any breed of dog. But an inner-city flat requires considering many aspects. As long as there is enough space to allow the animal to turn around comfortably, a larger-sized, lazy breed – as the Akita, the English bulldog or a middle-sized poodle- probably works much better in a home than a little fireball-like dwarf Pincser, a dwarf Spitz or a Dachshund.
An athletic breeder, who likes jogging with his dog, should choose an active breed, such as the Fox Terrier, German shepherd, border collie or the boxer. If you are less enthusiastic about sports, the Spaniel, a retriever or a French bulldog is an ideal choice. Of course, we should not forget that the level of activity varies within the breed, and also among individuals.
Breeds for Children and the Elderly
Choosing a dog breed for children or elderly people, you should think of a calm breed. Some dogs- such as the Rottweiler, the Dalmatian and the Setters – are sometimes so fierce that they can sweep a little child or an elderly aunty away, just being cheerful. The Shetland shepherd and the Mastiff, moves slowly and deliberately. When choosing a dog breed for young children, we should not forget that a child can become the dog's best friend if we teach them how to play together – however, an adult should always monitor and control the games.
If a family has a busy social life and plenty of guests at home all the time, it is not advisable to keep a breed which is very territorial like the Doberman, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Yorkshire Terrier or West Highland White Terrier. The Beagle-K, St. Bernards, Bichons or greyhounds are very comfortable with guests. The English bulldog, a German dog, a retriever or a Sealyham terrier are also very friendly.
When thinking about an appropriate dog breed for your home, you may need to consider how much a dog molts. Dog hairs on clothes and around the house may be a problem for certain people. Dalmatians, Labradors or retrievers molt strongly. The longer-haired breeds - such as chow-chow, collies – need much brushing, and lose their hairs more. Other breeds don’t molt at all, however, they must spend long hours a dog salon in order to preserve their beauty (like Bichon, poodle or bobtail).