Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

Puppy Dog On Leash Walking

Having a dog in the family is a good addition. Trust me it is! Every family will always have space for, you know, that one more guest and the lucky families will be the ones getting a dog, rather than a snake maybe. Now you don’t just get to choose the dog for your family at random. It will take not only keen and close observation but it will also have to put into consideration what kind of people you are. You will find it quite hard for a family to take a bulldog on a farm rather than a German Shepherd.

Now as you choose your dog, you have to realize that it’s a living being and it’s also good to consider its feelings. Some dogs are more comfortable and are accustomed to some situations more than others. Trust me, a Chihuahua will not appreciate being taken to a farm to control a herd of cows. Or rather a German shepherd being kept as a common house dog. Your kind of setting will dictate the kind of dog that you should go for.

Do you have kids? What is their opinion on having pets and more specifically dogs? What is the type of personality of your kids? Are they the playful ones or are they the adventurous ones? Basing on these questions, there are a variety of breeds of dogs that you should put into consideration.

Another thing that people will miss out when looking for dogs is all about the compatibility and the acclimatization. I have often seen bike riders with huge dogs and these dogs complement them. Every inch of them spells out tough and terror but yet cool. I have seen ice queens and Disney princesses with these all fluffy white Chihuahuas and they bring out the Disney in them from the way they look to the way they behave.

You have to know what kind of a person you are and from there you will know what kind of dog to get. A study has shown that the kind of dogs people will go for can tell so much about them.

In conclusion, getting a dog for your family is a fantastic idea! But keep in mind that it’s not a random choice. Consider the atmosphere and way of life in your household. Some dogs are best friends on the farm, while others feel more at home in a warm home. Don’t forget about your children either; whether they are playful or daring, there is a dog breed out there for them. Your dog of choice also reveals a lot about you. Find the ideal furry friend by taking your time, keeping everyone’s requirements in mind. They’ll make your family very happy!

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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