Choosing A Dog Pet Which Suits Your Lifestyle
Dogs have remained man’s best friend since immemorial times. Their roles and importance to man has changed with time. They were mainly used for hunting purposes and offering security to man. Nowadays, dogs are mainly kept as pets. Their roles are mainly entertaining and accompanying owners. Security agents apply highly trained dogs for detecting explosives, drugs and hiding criminals. There are different breeds of dog which suit different purposes or the taste of the owners. They also do come with different training levels and therefore the purchasing costs. In this article, I will describe the various breeds of dogs and their suitability for different purposes so as to help you make the right choice.
A playful German Shepherd
1. German shepherd
They originated in Germany but they are currently found in various countries worldwide due to importation. They were traditionally by shepherds and that is where they derived their name. They are large in size usually ranging from 30 to 40 kilograms for males. They are highly trainable and intelligent and hence they are very popular among the security agencies all over the world. It is a very loyal dog which strictly follows instructions. They are also highly energetic and so they can always accompany you when doing exercises like running as a way of motivating you. They are highly social so you have a very good company. Due to their large sizes they are expensive to maintain as they require much food compared to other breeds. They can also be difficult to keep in apartments. Their outer coat is resistant to water and therefore washing them can be a problem at apartments.
Akita breed originated in Japan. They are also large in size .They are powerful and dominant. They are also hardy.A well trained Akita breed is well mannered and good to live with.They are also highly protective to what they consider to be theirs e.g. owners and puppies. They are however not eager to learn especially at adult age.
An American cocker
3. Merry / American Cocker
They originated in America. They are cheerful and playful. They are good to live with. They have a high level of intelligence and are very loyal. They however get sick easily especially in their eyes and ears. It prefers spending much of its time with people and not alone. They are usually small in size.
They are large in size. They are strong and they show great resistance to harsh weather elements. They are mainly used to freight small quantities of goods. They enjoy human company and this makes them good pets. They rarely bark. They have a life span of about 10 years. Health wise, their greatest health risk is cancer which cause about 36% of their deaths.
5. Bull dog
It is a medium sized dog which originated in England. They are friendly, calm and patient in nature. They love company of young children. They are well suited for living in apartments due to their calm and unbarking nature. They are also friendly to other dogs. They are easy to train because of their high intelligence level. They are however not the active type of dog. The leading cause of their death is cardiac arrest
A golden retriever
They are large in size. They are easy to train and are highly obedient. They really enjoy walking. They are gentle in temperament. They are friendly and loyal to their care givers.
7. Yorkshire Terrier
They are long haired and small in size with a maximum weight of 3.2 kilograms. Concerns that their hairs are hypoallergenic. They are slightly energetic and adapt well to life in apartments. They are playful and send much of their time trotting. They require a lot of attention and co-exist well with other pets. They are totally bad when spoiled. They require good training to shape their behavior.
8. Alredale Terrier
It is the largest in the category of terrier group. They are intelligent, confident and outgoing. They adapt well to hot and cold weather. They however do not adapt well to apartment.