Which Puppy Is Right for Your Family?

So you’re ready to add a new four-legged friend to the family, but with all the puppies out there, you might find the decision to be an overwhelming one. Should you choose a big dog, or a small dog? Short-haired, or fluffy? Our friends at PuppySpot.com, the service that helps place healthy puppies into happy homes, have broken down the key categories worth considering when looking for the perfect dog breed for you.

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Other Circumstances to Consider

Living Space
Depending on the size of your home, you might assume that the size of your dog should match. However, this is not necessarily true. There are small, energetic dog breeds that may require more space than some larger, more mellow breeds. Some breeds that are well accustomed to apartment living for example, include the following:

  • Bulldog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Labradoodle

Training and Past Dog Ownership Experience
Whether or not you have prior experience with dogs also factors into which breed is right for you. While some breeds, such as the Siberian Husky, are great for experienced owners or people looking to put in the right amount of training, there are better breeds for less experienced owners. If you’re a first-time owner or just want to teach your dog the basics, you may want to consider the following breeds:

Activity Level
If your family has an active lifestyle and would love a dog to join on jogs or hikes, you’ll want an active dog. Some dog breeds that love to exercise are the following:

On the other hand, if you’re looking for more of a buddy to lounge around with, some breeds to consider are the following:

  • Pomeranian
  • French Bulldog
  • Saint Bernard

Family Members
If you have young children in the home, you want a dog that will be kid-friendly and trusted with your children alone. Choose a sturdy, even-tempered breed, such as the following:

  • Beagle
  • Siberian Husky
  • Vizsla

Grooming Needs
The type of dog you have will also determine how much time and money you’ll be expected to spend on grooming. And short-haired breeds don’t always mean they’re low-maintenance. While some breeds require frequent care such as daily brushing and weekly baths, some breeds that don’t need as much maintenance are the:

  • Boxer
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Pug

If you have allergies or don’t want to pick up after a lot of dog fur, consider a low-shedding dog such as the:

  • Boston Terrier
  • Havanese
  • Poodle or Poodle-hybrid such as a Labradoodle

Independence Level
Are you a working professional with a busy schedule, or maybe an avid traveler who never likes to stay in one place for too long? If you’re not home for several hours a day, you want to make sure that you get a dog that doesn’t have high separation anxiety. Most dogs, especially young ones, will have some form of separation anxiety, but there are a handful of breeds that are well-suited to being alone for a few hours at a time. They include the:

  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Shiba Inu

If you’re looking for a natural-bred guard dog (not to be confused with a working guard dog with professional training), that means you want a dog who barks at anything suspicious, but is loyal to his own family. If this sounds like the kind of dog you’re looking for, consider the following breeds:

While a specific dog breed shares similar characteristics, one must keep in mind that each individual pup will have its own personality. Whether purebred or a mixed breed, you can’t judge a book by its cover! Even more important than finding the right breed is choosing a responsible place to get the pup of your dreams.

About PuppySpot

Based upon a fundamental belief that finding a puppy online does not have to come with so many x-factors, PuppySpot is a service committed to connecting responsible breeders with caring individuals and families. But, more than just a service, PuppySpot is a community of dog lovers, where dogs are celebrated and where trust, confidence and transparency are paramount. With a screened and vetted network of more than 5,000 responsible breeders, PuppySpot makes fetching your new best friend a simple, high quality, enjoyable experience.


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