Breeds: How to choose the right dog for you

  • Posted By: admin
  • Date: 14 May 2014

Choosing a new addition to the family is an exciting time. Finding the perfect breed to fit

in with your routine and lifestyle takes a little research, but making the right decision

from the outset will minimise the risk of disruption or finding out that your new pet is just

not what you had expected. There are three main factors to consider: size, coat and

temperament, which includes their required amount of exercise.

First and foremost, when it comes to a dog’s size there is a vast selection, from the

tiniest toy breeds through to giants. Each person will have their preference for size and

should take into account their available space within the home. A giant breed will be

unsuited to apartment living, where a toy breed could thrive. Also consider outside

space – using dog panels to create a run can extend the secure living area externally,

offering opportunities to play and exercise. In addition, larger dogs have higher food

needs and will eat a lot more, costing more money to support and keep healthy. If this is

a factor, look to animals with smaller appetites.

Secondly, temperament is important. Recognised ‘pedigree’ breeds have standard

temperaments which can be safely expected in most puppies. The best option is to

speak with the breeder and analyse the personality of the parent dogs, which can give a

good indication of their puppies’ personalities. Animals all have their own personalities,

but a breed which is generally known for being highly strung and independent may not

be a great choice for those with young children, no matter how adorable the puppies

seem. Likewise, temperament also covers an animal’s exercise needs. This is not

always related to their size: greyhounds are a relatively large breed, but require only 20

minutes exercise twice per day. Some terriers, on the other hand, are much more

active. Using dog panels to create a secure outside space can be complementary to

long walks and outdoor activities.

Coat is the third consideration, with different breeds having different shedding patterns.

Some moult twice a year; others do so constantly. Others still are more suitable for

those with allergies, having ‘hypo-allergenic’ coats. Grooming is important for long-

haired breeds.

If you’re considering a new pet and a dog run for their exercise, why not look at the dog

panels on our website and see how easily they can fit into your lifestyle and home?