What You Need To Know About Choosing A Dog?

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Hard to resist? Don’t make the mistake many dog buyers do.. in getting the first cute puppy you see!

What will you expect from your dog?

  • Playing buddy for the kids?
  • Running mate?
  • Guarding dog for your house?
  • Hunting dog?
  • Dog sports competitor?
  • Show dog?
  • Just a cuddly friend? What You Need To Know About Choosing A Dog?

What should you think about when choosing a dog? There’s a lot more to it than the looks!


A small dog doesn’t always equal lower energy level. How much time and energy do you want to spend on the dog? The breeds that have less energy are well suited if you dont have as much time for your dog. They are more likely to be content with a few walks a day.


It’s quite individual of course, but some characteristics are likely to follow with the breed. It all depends on what type of dog it is. Is the breed meant for hunting? herding? guarding? If you rather not have a dog with high hunting instinct, like a terrier, then consider another type of dog.

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Dog?


How easily your dog learns differs a great lot from breed to breed. Some dogs are really stubborn. Some just want to learn, learn, learn!


You might want to consider if the dog fits in to your climate. Some breeds have lots of hair and a thick undercoat. These are meant to live in a colder climate. Other dogs hardly have any hair at all. Those breeds origin from a warm climate.

Of course you can shave the dog or put a jacket on it, but it’s likely that the dog would be happier in a climate better suited for him or her.


The climate leads us to the next point. Which is the coat, the hair, the fur, the fluff! Are you the kind of person who just loves brushing, clipping and brushing some more? Be sure to get yourself a dog with long, lovely coat like the Shih Tzu! Or do you hate brushing and think it’s no fun at all? Get yourself a short coated dog for everyones sake:)

If you’re looking for a non-shedding dog, know that these dogs also need grooming.


If you have or are planning on having kids, you’ll need to get your puppy used to children. If you choose an adult dog make sure it gets along with kids.

So What Else?

You need to consider how much money you are willing to spend. Not only on the dog, but also on the cost of care. Read in to if the breed commonly has any diseases or health risks. This way you can avoid big expenses.