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Need Help Choosing A Dog? Take This "Dog Quest" Assessment . . .

Updated on August 4, 2014

Making The Right Decision About Which Dog To Get

Of all the pets you might choose, dogs are among THE most popular. Is it because we can easily teach them some really neat tricks? Nah, it's way more than that . . . maybe it's because they love us unconditionally and make really good companions . . . joining us wherever we go, content to lie beside us when we're sick and rejoice with us when we're happy.

So, deciding to get a new dog is a BIG decision. The wrong choice can make life very difficult for you, your loved ones and just as importantly, the dog. After all, you don't want your dog to join the ever-increasing numbers that end up in shelters and dog pounds because they didn't "fit" with the family that adopted them.

Once you make the decision to add a dog to your household, you are faced with yet another important decision: what kind of dog do you get? Although dogs have several characteristics in common, there are striking differences in temperament, size and upkeep among the breeds. . . so doing your homework is essential.

And that's one of the reasons you're reading this, right?

Getting Some Perspective . . . - Before Choosing A Dog

To get some perspective on what it takes to properly care for a dog, you may want to read: How to Take Care of A Dog ... the RIGHT WAY!

REVIEW: Do You Want A Dog For All The Right Reasons?

Did you have positive, affirming responses to all the previous questions? If not, you might want to rethink your decision. If you did, congratulations. You're ready to move on.

So . . . What Kind of Dog Should You Get?

Before you plunge head first into picking a particular dog, it helps to understand the various breeds. Knowing what they bring to the table in a variety of areas (temperament, looks, grooming requirements, activity level, etc.) is essential.

Too often people pick a dog breed based on what it looks like. Scenario: "Oh, look at that cute little pug face! He's adorable. I must have one." But the person making this statement may not know that Pugs carry with them a set of circumstances that make them high-maintenance dogs. Sure Pugs are cute but you have to be committed to the care they require.

Doing your research is critical and certainly this site is a helpful start. But don't stop here. Take advantage of the following resource: The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the America ...and For Good Reasons!

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    • GollyGearHope profile image

      Hope 4 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      Great advice! There is a "right" dog for everyone!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sometimes those can be hard questions when your facing a strong emotional impulse of choosing a dog. We don't always think of what would the dog want, am I a goof fit for this dog, why would this dog want me as a owner/friend?

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      Hope 6 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      Excellent lens! If more people would be this thoughtful in their choices, we'd have fewer dogs in shelters and rescues. Thank you!

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      Tonya Mickelson 8 years ago

      All I know is I want a small breed dog....but right now, I definitely don't have the right living arrangements for even that! Once I'm able to move into a dog-friendly area, I will have to make a decision for sure.