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Which Dog is Right for Me?
You feel you're ready to have a four-legged companion in your life. But with hundreds of dog breeds, it can be daunting to choose your life-long pet. Therefore, you choose any dog, as long as he's cute and cuddly. Just like with anything else in life, you must make sure there's a bond between the canine and yourself. Now it's time to ask, "which dog is right for me?"
Why Do You Want a Dog?
The answer to this question will determine the type of dog you want sharing your living space. The underlying reason is to have a companion, but do you want a dog that will:
Guard your home and bark (and attack!) any intruders?
Be friendly with other family members and pets?
Greet you at the door and follow your every step around the house?
Be reserved and shy with strangers?
It's important that your lifestyle and attitude is harmonious with your dog because canines have personalities too. If you are a laid-back-chill-out-independent person, you should refrain from breeds that rely heavily on you for attention and guidance.
Like humans, dogs need some form of exercise to stay healthy and live longer. Whether the dog needs moderate or vigorous exercise will depend on the breed. Basset Hounds, Bulldogs and Saint Bernard's only require minimal exercise— a walk around the block would suffice. These and other low-energy breeds are compatible with owners who are relaxed and enjoy sitting on the couch watching TV after a long day. However, the high-energy breeds like Siberian Huskies, Boxers, Bull Terriers and German Shepherds thrive on outside activity. They are always alert and ready for action, so you have to keep them on their toes. If you're a physically active person and love outdoor activities, then a high-energy dog will be your perfect companion.
Being a pet owner means you ensure a grooming regimen is implemented on a regular basis. All dogs need to be shampooed and have nails trimmed, but the frequency of it will depend on the breed. For example, Pomeranian's are groomed every 4-8 weeks while the Great Pyrenees are groomed every 8-12 weeks. It's recommended you take your dog to a professional groomer, but if you decide to do it yourself remember to use professional products that's pH balanced so the dog's skin will be hydrated.
Whether this will be your first dog or it's been awhile since you've had one, it's always a joy to have a loyal companion to greet you at the door after a long day or ride with you to the nearest park. Most dog enthusiasts highly recommend adopting from a shelter because the animals are literally on death row and need a place to call home. To find a local animal shelter in your area, please click here.