Jun 24 , 2020
Getting a dog is exciting. First-time dog owners would think taking care of a dog is an easy task but the first few weeks would tell you otherwise. Dogs and puppies are amazing, however, there's a lot to learn about raising them the right way.
Caring for a dog can sometimes feel like a full-time job, especially with puppies. Here's what you need to know before owning your dog.
Choose a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle
Several factors can help you choose a dog.
Dog Size - The dog size is one of the major factors especially when you are living in a condominium or apartment. Having a rambunctious large breed dog when small children are around might not be a good idea.
Temperament - Personality is another factor to consider. For instance, a calmer dog can form strong bonds and be a great companion for your kids. A very active one can be really fun especially if you have an open space to play in.
Energy Level - There are certain breeds of dogs that are known to be very active and playful like Russell Terriers and Beagles. When you choose high energy dog breeds, make sure that you are active enough to cope up with the activity needed. Absence of activities like tugging, fetching, etc would bore the dog and make it anxious and make it grumpy.
Attention Needed - There are some breeds of dogs that require a bit more work than others. A fairly good example is Alaskan Malamute. Alaskan Malamutes shed a lot and would need a lot more attention to grooming.
Some just sit around the house like Great Danes and Saint Bernards. They are not as demanding in terms of their physical needs. They are usually happy to snuggle up and enjoy a cuddle and a snooze.
Breeds for Beginners or New Owners
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Golden Retriever - One of the most popular breeds around. The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized dog breed. It is known to be friendly, affectionate, and good with kids. They are playful, highly energetic, and easily trainable.
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Labrador Retriever - The Labrador Retriever or Lab is a very energetic breed that needs lots of activities every day. Like the Golden Retriever, they are incredibly smart and trainable. They are very friendly and social with humans and dogs alike.
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Bichon Frise - The Bichon Frise is a small-sized dog breed. They are well known for being cute and cuddly lap dogs that love to snuggle up into laps and the sofa. Their small size makes them more manageable. The Bichon Frise gets on well with other dogs.
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Pug - The Pug is an ideal beginner breed. It is low-maintenance and requires minimal exercise. It is a very social breed. Its fun-loving personality makes them ideal companions for families and children.
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Poodle - The Poodle is known to be smart, well-behaved, and energetic. They are very friendly and get along with small children. This breed requires quite a bit of grooming and brushing.
Most importantly!Dog breeds, size, and many other factors are not as important as getting a connection with your dog. A dog is known as our best friend for a reason. Show it a lot of love and attention it needs and you'll be rewarded with a longtime friendship and companionship that only a furry friend can give.