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how to pick a dog breed for your family

it's so exciting getting a dog but what is the best dog for your family which dog breed will suit your lifestyle a little research now can make sure you choose the perfect dog for your family and in this article I go through the four key questions you would like to answer to urge the simplest dog for you.

1- what size dog is best for your family

you might think the most obvious reason for asking this question is that the incontrovertible fact that big dogs need big houses and gardens but this isn't actually always true in fact the amount of room your dog will need is much more related to the energy levels which they have and I'll discuss this later dog size though is instead important for several other reasons:
* the bigger the dog the stronger they will be able to manage a large dog on a lead if it decides that it wants to run across the road and chase a cat.

* how much weight can you lift if your pet is unwell and needs carrying to the car or needs taking outside if they develop arthritis and needs help to get up the stairs will you be able to help them

* you also need to bear in mind that bigger dogs cost more so from food costs to accessories to medication and healthcare the larger the dogs and more they will cost also.

* are you renting and if so will your landlord allow you to have a large dog or will it impact you and your future housing options you know depending on what happens some landlords might be more than happy to have a small dog but refuse to accept a giant breed on their property.

2- what breed has the best energy levels to suit your lifestyle

now this is a huge consideration and it will have a massive impact on the mental and physical health of your dog a really high energy dog breed it might be the right choice for you if:
* you want them to be a running companion five nights a week and you're able and willing to walk them for several miles two or three times a day they might be right for you
* if you want a playful dog who will grow with your children who enjoy being outside and active an energetic dog will be right if you want a dog to get involved with agility.

so a low-energy dog they might be better if:
* you need to be out of the house for long periods of time and you're leaving your dog behind they might be the right choice.
* if you aren't able to exercise them regularly or for very long and a low-energy dog might be better if you just want a quite companion to keep you company.

so don't underestimate the need to match your dog's energy levels to your lifestyle if you under exercise an energetic lively dog then they may very well develop significant behavioral problems such as constant barking and destructive behavior later on while socialization also plays a huge role in preventing other behavioral problems it is actually behavioral issues that are the biggest cause of dogs under three either being rehomed or euthanized.

these issues are really serious issues that shouldn't be ignored and choosing the wrong breed of dog could in effect be a fatal decision at the other end of the spectrum though an under exercised dog might be more likely to become overweight or obese and choosing a dog that never wants to come running or playing in the garden and actually that's what you want.

choosing a dog with too low in energy might mean that you never really get a really close relationship with your dog if this is actually what you want them to do and this again can compromise their quality of life by reducing the quality of interaction between you as a family.

3- what care are they likely to need now and in the future

if you've got your heart assail a selected breed does one know what health issues that that breed is prone to Labradors and German Shepherds get arthritis Westies gets allergic skin disease short nose brachycephalic breeds may get breathing and skin problems dachshunds get slipped discs you know this is a generalization but most breeds have certain conditions that they're more prone to getting to a greater or lesser degree then the general dog population as a whole so you need to be prepared that your dog might suffer from either condition they're more prone to getting and have the resources to treat them appropriately.

to be that little bit healthier of course an individual purebred dog may never suffer from any significant disease in its life and a mixed breed dog may be very unfortunate and unhealthy and develop lots of different conditions but on average mixed breeders less likely to need treatment certainly for genetic conditions.

if you have your heart set on a certain breed though then there are definitely steps that you can take to reduce the risk of future problems so hip or elbow dysplasia is a real risk then have both parents been hip scored have they had their elbows scored if you want a short nose breed then choose from a litter whose parents have longer noses than average want a dog prone to allergies well if the parents look like their skin is red if they have brown saliva staining on their feet or if their coat feels a little bit greasy then the chances are they're more likely to pass this on to their puppies.

if you know someone who has had a dog from a specific breeder and they have had genetic issues then again it might be more likely to pass on into future puppies age.

4- what is the best age of dog to bring into your family

do you have the time and patience to put into socialization and training of a young puppy so socialization is not optional and as I've discussed before it's essential for the development of a happy well-rounded a dog toilet training can take some dogs quite a bit of time to learn if you're going to get angry whenever they have an accident then a puppy really isn't for you.

if you want a dog who is already house trained or who knows some basic commands already then getting an adult dog could also be the higher choice while all dogs require a big time invested into them puppies require longer  again so if this is going to be hard than an older dog may be a great fit.

all puppies are boisterous and playful and at times can be a real handful some dogs and some breeds might only grow up in their senior years they might always behave as though they're a puppy so if you're looking for a quiet dog to keep you company then a senior dog may actually be just the ticket.

you can get dogs of all ages and types from shelters and rescue centers so have a serious thought about what age of dog will be best for your situation because the chances are the perfect dog will be available so answering these four questions will really help you find the best breed of dog for your family.
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