What Dog Breed is Best for You?

What Dog Breed is Best for You?

How important is breed?

If you’re just starting your search, you may be asking yourself what kind of dog  would be best for your lifestyle. You may be diligently researching the characteristics of each breed, making a list of which breeds would and wouldn’t be a fit. To you, we say: Relax! It’s okay to do your research, but don’t feel like breed selection is the ultimate key to finding your perfect match. It really is about much more than what looks good on paper t’s about the individual dog personality and the chemistry you feel together (yep, we have chemistry with animals just like we do with other humans!). And don’t forget about those marvelous mutts! Not only do you get a one-of-a-kind companion, but many veterinarians say that mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier than purebred dogs, who tend to be prone to certain genetic conditions, depending on the breed.

What’s important to you?

Good with Kids

We get it: adopting a pet when you have children can seem daunting. Many of us here at globalpetsfinder.com are parents ourselves, so please take it from us: adopting a dog is every bit as safe (and we think even safer) than buying a puppy. We have some tried-and-true advice for those of you trying to make sure the dog you bring home will blend

1. Train your children. Yes, we all know the importance of training your dog (and, don’t get us wrong, that’s one of the most important things you can do to make your adoption a success), but it’s equally important to teach your children how to interact with dogs in a safe manner. Before you bring any dog home, make sure your kids know how to approach a new dog: extend a hand, palm down, and allow the dog to sniff. If the dog gives your child the “Okay” signal (wagging tail, kissing, no signs of aggression, fear, or nervousness), your child should pet the dog on his side rather than reaching over the dog’s head. Teach your kiddos to treat their own dog with respect, and always to touch him gently,

2. Go for an adult dog. Puppies are great, but they’re not perfect for kids. They mouth tiny hands with razor-sharp teeth, they jump, and they’re also easily injured. Also, contrary to popular belief, you can’t always tell or control what personality traits your puppy will develop. On the other hand, when you adopt an adult dog, what you see is what you get. Their personalities are fully-formed and on display for the world to see! It’s much easier to tell if an adult dog is great with kids now than to guess if a puppy will grow up to be.

Apartment Friendly

Live in an apartment, but longing for some canine companionship? Not to worry. Many, many apartment-dwellers have successfully adopted dogs. In fact, in dog-friendly cities like New York, most people live in apartments, so don’t despair. If they can do it, so can you! You just need to take into consideration a few things. First, make sure your apartment allows dogs, and understand that if you move to a new apartment, you’ll need to find another that allows dogs. Next, you’ll need to provide training to make sure your dog doesn’t bark incessantly and disturb neighbors while you’re away (this is where adopting from a rescue group, where dogs have been in foster homes, can really make a difference. They’ll know if the dog you have your eye on is prone to barking). Finally, you will need to make sure your dog has adequate access to the outdoors for some exercise and potty breaks. A dog-walker and doggy daycare are great resources to use if you work long days.

Whether or not a dog can thrive in an apartment has much more to do with his personal traits than his breed. Most breeds can adapt to apartment life. But all dogs, no matter what breed, require some level of exercise to remain happy, healthy and well behaved. An under-exercised or bored dog can become quite destructive in any home.

Keep an open mind when you begin your adoption search. Many large breeds do surprisingly well in apartment life. Though they are very large, both breeds are generally quite happy to be couch potatoes when indoors as long as they are provided some outdoor activity each day. Conversely, some small, high-energy dogs who are prone to barking when left alone may not be the best choice for shared-wall living. However, and we can’t stress this enough: it’s all about the individual dog, not about the breed, and a mixed-breed dog very well may end up being “the one”!

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