Thinking about getting a dog? Owning a dog is a big commitment. So, before you pick one out, make sure you know which breeds are suitable for your family and your environment. This will ensure that you have a better idea of what you can expect from your new furry friend, making it easier to care for them.
Certain dogs are bred for specific purposes, which makes choosing a lot easier. What type of dog are you looking for?
High Energy Sporting hounds
Breeds: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, English Springer, Spaniel, German Shepherd, Jack Russel Terrier, Kooikerhondje, Siberian Husky, Standard Poodle, Shetland Sheepdog, Weimaraner.
These types of dogs are bred for sports, activity or for particular tasks. Some will excel in sports, while others are more suited to specific activities where their instinctive tracking, hunting or retrieving skills are put to good use.
These breeds are usually very energetic, follow commands well and like to please their owners. However, they require daily exercise or stimulation. Without it they can become frustrated, bored or even destructive.
Breeds: Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frisé, Chinese Crested, Maltese, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Xolo.
Allergic to man’s best friend? No worries, there are certain dog breeds that are known for their hypoallergenic qualities. These breeds tend to cause less of an allergic reaction if you’re sensitive to dogs.
But bear in mind, no dog breed can be considered 100% hypoallergenic as it may be something other than the dog’s skin that is causing your allergic reaction. You could also be allergic to the dander on the dog’s skin, urine or saliva. So, your best bet is to spend some time with the dogs at the breeder to see how you react.
Family-friendly four-legged friends
Breeds: Beagle, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer, Rough Collie.
Did you have a dog growing up? We bet you have some fond memories of your four-legged best friend. And now it’s time to get your family a pet dog of their own. If you’ve got children, you’ll want to look for family-friendly dog breeds that are gentler and patient. These breeds are more willing to please owners and adapt easily.
As soon as the dog comes home with you, teach your little ones to respect it. They can even help out with certain chores, provided there is a responsible adult supervising.
Canine companions for seniors
Breeds: Chihuahua, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, Papillion, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Schipperke, Skye Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier.
Dogs are a great source of comfort and companionship for anyone – particularly for seniors, widows or widowers. They’re also a great way to meet new people if you take them to dog classes and get involved in fun dog activities.
Before choosing a dog, consider the size of the dog, as well as the accommodation. Big dogs can be harder to handle. However, small breeds don’t always mean small space, as not all of them are suited to a small environment. Also think about how active you’ll be and whether this is suitable for this breed’s care and requirements.
So, which dog breed is for you? Whatever breed you choose, our range of quality products ensures you’re able to properly care for your new pooch. Our range of trusted products are available from various pet retail stores and national supermarkets. You can view our dog product here.