How to Choose the Right Dog For Your Lifestyle

Finding a new canine best friend can be a challenge, but well worth it of course! Our dogs bring joy, comfort, unconditional love, and protection to our busy schedules and hectic lives. Taking the time to research what type of dog is best for you or your family will make the decision much easier.  Fortunately, the options are endless when it comes to choosing a breed to fit your lifestyle. Here are just a few ideas for some common household scenarios.

The Best Dog For The Avid Outdoorsman

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If you consider yourself a devoted outdoorsman, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a great match for you! This breed is very high in energy and playful, so they can become frustrated and “creative” if not given enough exercise. That downfall will be your advantage if you live the sporting life! German Shorthaired Pointers are perfectly suitable companions for jogging, hiking, and other lively activities. Their low maintenance coats require very little grooming, which is another advantage to those of you who would rather be out having fun than fussing over fur.

Also Consider: Boxer, Border Collie, English Springer Spaniel

The Best Dog For Apartment Living

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Looking for a small pup with a big personality? The Pug is just that!  This loveable pet is a bundle of energy, and quite the comedian.  The Pug is a perfect fit for someone who is living in an apartment. Pugs average between 13-20 pounds, and only need moderate exercise. Going for a nice leisurely walk, or playing a fun game of fetch is important to keep a Pug in shape and healthy. However, Pugs should not be overworked as these lovable little guys are more susceptible to overheating with their short muzzles.

Also Consider: Yorkshire Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Best Dog For Family Homes

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The Bernese Mountain Dog is an excellent family friendly pet. This gentle giant is devoted to its owner and is known for being good-natured and calm. Originally bred to protect farm animals, the Bernese Mountain Dog’s watchful instinct is equally adept at watching your own little flock in your home. This large breed makes an excellent “nanny dog”, and loves to be around people. Although well-behaved inside, Bernese Mountain Dogs require moderate exercise, and enjoy outdoor activities such as long hikes or walks.

Also Consider: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler

The Best Dog For Frequent Travellers

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For traveling, the ideal canine companion is small and even tempered. The Toy Poodle is a wonderful travel companion. This small non-shedding dog is highly intelligent, an essential trait for travel training. Many Toy Poodles can even be litterbox trained! It should be noted that you will want to take some extra time to train any breed of dog for travel. Spend some time getting him accustomed to things like car travel and sudden loud noises before your first big trip.

Also Consider: Pomeranian, Dachshund, Lhasa Apso

Every breed has something unique and special about it. With such a hard choice, be sure to do your research to make sure the dog you select matches you and your needs. And remember that most rescues and shelters are full of these breeds, so check there for your next family pet!