How to Pick A Dog Breed

How to Pick A Dog Breed, PawFax

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes almost 350 dog breeds. Suffice to say, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to picking a dog. For us at Pawfax, that’s both a blessing and a curse — one of each would be nice, but also largely impractical in most cases. Picking the right breed for you, your home, and your lifestyle is critical to a healthy, happy relationship between you and your future doggo. There’s a lot to consider as you try to determine which breed is best for you, so we’re here to help sort it all out.

 

Activity Level

This is one of the most important considerations when picking out a good boy (or good girl!) to take home. There are dogs that are perfectly happy to sleep twenty hours per day. Meanwhile, some breeds want nothing more than sunrise-to-sunset stimulation. It’s important that you consider this when selecting a breed. What level of activity suits your lifestyle? If you consider yourself the ‘serial chiller’ sort, a hyperactive Australian Shepherd might not be the way to go, for instance. 

 

Size/Space

Doggos come in all shapes and sizes. Thankfully, so do homes. It’s important to find a dog breed that you can give adequate real-estate to within your home. It’s not always true that larger dogs need massive amounts of space, but it’s a good rule of thumb. If you’re living in a downtown studio — maybe don’t go for the Great Dane. But, if you’re in a suburb with a nice, spacious yard, maybe a larger dog would fit right in. In addition to the dog’s own needs, safety is to be considered. Although some larger breeds can be gentle giants (we love our Mastiffs!), they often don’t realize their own size, and can accidentally hurt small children.

 

Shedding

For new dog owners, shedding is an often-overlooked aspect of picking the right dog breed. It’s easy to see the beautiful coat of a Malamute and sign yourself up right then and there. But, all of that white fur is going to go somewhere. In fact, it’s probably going to go everywhere. Your couch, your bed, your clothes. If that’s something you’d really rather not deal with (trust us, we get it), maybe opt for a shorter haired dog. While shedding can seem like a relative non-issue, after a few winter coats have come and gone, you might find yourself reconsidering. 

 

Temperament

Some people want a guard dog. Others may want a dog that’s nothing but nice to everyone it meets. A dog’s temperament is defined as how it interacts with other doggos (and people) on a day-to-day basis. This can include quite a few factors, including prey drive, aggression, energy level, confidence, and general friendliness. Certain breeds have certain predispositions when it comes to temperament, and that’s something to keep in mind. While there is some degree of nature vs. nurture, an aggressive breed in the hands of an inexperienced owner is a recipe for disaster.  

 

Take Your Time

These are just a few things we suggest that people consider when they’re in the market for a new pupper. It’s important to find a dog that suits you and your lifestyle. Trust us — the perfect dog is out there. All in all…take your time, do your research, and you’ll be sure to find the pawfect pupper. 

 

And on the subject of picking a dog breed…If you’re looking for more information on specific breeds, head over here to find a PawFax approved breeder: Our Breeders

You can also use your free Puppy finder service here: Puppy Finder

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