Which Dog Breed Should You Choose ?

Thinking of adopting or buying a dog and wondering which breed to choose? It is true that you will be spoiled for choice, the number of canine breeds recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale)  346 to date. Let’s see together the aspects to study closely to know which breed of dog to choose.

All the breeds have their own varieties depending on the length or texture of the coat (eg DachshundCollie …), or sizes (eg: PoodleGerman Spitz …).

The choice of the breed of the dog to be part of your family will have to be made mainly according to its compatibility with your own specificities. In other words, Its profile (physical characteristics, behavioral traits, specific needs, etc.) must correspond to your lifestyle and what you will be able to provide on a daily basis.

The questions to ask yourself when choosing the breed of your dog will therefore relate to:

  • Your family situation
  • Your lifestyle
  • The time you can devote to it
  • The resources that you can allocate to it

Choose the Dog Breed According to the Family Situation

Which breed of dog to choose depending on whether you live alone, whether you are elderly or have children? This is indeed one of the first questions to be answered.

Certain breeds of dogs are particularly suitable for the youngest members of the family, such as the Labrador Retrieverthe Golden Retriever, the Boxer, the Pug, the Beagle, or the Boston Terrier.

Others are not specially adapted to seniors, like the Siberian Husky, the Tibetan Mastiff, or the Tosa for various reasons; the great need for activity, size, and dominant behavior respectively. Older people will be able to turn to breeds of dogs that are calmer and easier to manage: Cavalier King Charles SpanielBichon Maltais, German Spitz …

Which breed of dog to choose according to the lifestyle?

The choice of the breed of the dog is also made according to the lifestyle that one has. If you are the active, even sporty type, working and hunting dogs will be perfect for you: they range from German Shepherds to Border Collies, including DobermanBelgian Shepherd MalinoisJack Russell Terrier, or even Kelpie.

If, on the other hand, you know that you will not be able to offer It a lot of daily activity, you can choose the English Bulldog, the Shih Tzu or the Pug.

The way of life also includes the characteristics of your homesurface area, presence or absence of outdoor spaces, etc.

An Anatolian Shepherd, for example, does not support apartment life, while the Pekingese lends itself to it completely.

To guide you as best as possible in your choice, we advise you to carry out our free and personalized breed test. A series of a few questions to find out your habits and your expectations, which will allow us to find the breed (s) of dogs that suit you. The test only takes a few minutes.

How much time can I devote to it?

A dog is not an animal that can be left alone in its corner and with which contact is limited to meals and walks. It needs to have a maximum of exchanges and interactions with Its master and the other members of Its family, and this, through games, caresses, learning and educational exercises, activities carried out together, etc.

All of this takes time on a daily basis. So ask yourself how much time can you devote to your future 4-legged companion every day before choosing a particular breed.

Is my budget suitable for adopting and fostering a dog?

Caring for a dog properly costs money. Keep this in mind when choosing the breed of your pet, by evaluating the budget that you will be able to grant It for the various aspects of Its life: accessoriesfoodsafetyveterinary care, etc.

Generally, larger dogs are associated with greater expense, logically. They need larger quantities of food and larger accessories (bed, harness, kennel …). But some small dogs also require significant financial resources, especially because they need more frequent grooming and care.


  • Amanda Wheatley

    Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..) Why Trust ShelterAPet? At ShelterAPet, our collective is composed of writers, veterinarians, and seasoned animal trainers with a deep passion for pets. Our team of esteemed professionals delves into extensive research to deliver trustworthy insights on a broad spectrum of pet-related subjects. We anchor our evaluations on direct customer experiences, meticulous testing, and comprehensive scrutiny. Our commitment is to uphold transparency and integrity for our cherished community of pet aficionados and prospective pet parents.

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