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How To Choose The Perfect Dog | The 5 Step Rule

Choosing a dog might seem a simple thing to do but in reality, it is a big decision. Your pet will be with for years to come, so you need to make sure that you choose a pup that will fit in well with your lifestyle. This article will look at the different aspects of picking a dog breed that’s right for you and how you can make a good decision about which fur friend dog will suit you best.

How To Choose The Right Dog Breed

Various factors go into choosing the right breed of a dog. You may want a pup that’s clean, doesn’t bark, won’t shed, is good with kids, and a dog that is not hyperactive. Here are some tips that will help you choose the perfect dog for you and your family.

1. Dog Care Needs And Your Ability To Manage Them

Dogs require a lot of time and effort to take care of them, both physically and mentally. It is important to consider how much time you can devote to the care of your dog before deciding whether or not to get one. 

Dog play time with owners is important for their health

A good rule of thumb is to allow at least an hour each day, but preferably two hours per day, for the physical and mental care of your canine friend. Keep in mind that dogs will also require a lot of love, attention, and playtime to be happy and healthy.

2. Is Your Dog Breed Child Friendly

Consider choosing a dog who is not aggressive with kids and strangers. Even if you currently don’t have kids, it’s worth thinking about what interaction your dog may have with kids that you interact with.

Child treating dog badly

Even if you do purchase a dog who is very tolerant and friendly towards children, there are still risks involved. The most likely outcome of this sort of relationship with the child will be that it goes from bad to worse. So always remember that dogs are not your enemy but rather a friend who can serve a purpose in your family, but they may require some training to learn how to behave around all family members.

3. Dog Temperament – Like Humans, Some Breeds Are Friendlier

Owners should consider the individual dog’s temperament before making a final decision about which breed of dog is most suitable. 

There are six primary temperament types: 

  • shy 
  • aggressive 
  • anxious 
  • withdrawn 
  • excitable 
  • and indolent 

This means understanding how a particular type of personality behaves, their likes and dislikes as well as how they might react in certain situations that occur within your household. 

If you can observe them in different conditions or circumstances before owning them, you will have a much better idea of their temperament.

If you can’t, being patient with your four-legged friend in the first few weeks and months and learning their triggers and temperament will go a long way to providing a long-lasting bond.   

4. Dog Breed Size: 

Another important thing when choosing a pooch is its size. Like Pugs and Schnauzers, some breeds are more likely to be larger than smaller dogs.

Additionally, be sure to consider their height, weight, breed, activity level, and personality traits. This will help you determine which dog is the best fit for your lifestyle and family needs.

5. Grooming Requirements – Some Breeds Need More Grooming Time: 

If you’re thinking about getting a dog, it’s essential to think about how much time you will be able to devote to grooming it. Not only do dogs need to be groomed regularly, but their coats also need to be checked for parasites and other problems. It’s a way to help prevent internal parasites, arthritis, and other diseases that are caused by fleas. 

Grooming tips for small dogs with long hair

Some of the simplest tips for grooming a dog include 

  • Brushing them regularly, using a shampoo designed specifically for pets
  • By cleaning their ears, nose, and mouth, you can prevent them from contracting any illnesses and infections caused by mites or other types of dirt.
  • The nails of most dogs need frequent trimming (maximum once a month) to avoid ingrown nails, which can lead to pain and blood infections later on in their life. With the right amount of patience and a proper working dog nail file, you can trim your pup’s nails even if they are scared. To make things easier, cut your dog’s nails after walking or playing.

If you have a short-haired dog, you may only need to groom them once or twice a month, while long-haired dogs may need to be groomed every week. 

Bonus Tip For Those Considering High-Energy Dogs

High-energy dogs need a little extra care, and the considerations below will aid you in preparing for a dog that needs a little more exercise and stimulation.

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What Are Animal Shelters, And Should You Adopt Your Dog From Them?

Animal shelters are brimming with dogs and cats who have been abandoned, surrendered by their owners, or who have been mistreated and need a new home. 

Many of these animals have been abused or neglected and may require extensive veterinary care before they can be placed in a new home. 

This is on many occasions but not all is taken care of by the shelter before rehoming. 

When you adopt a dog from an animal shelter, you are providing a pet with a new home, and like any human who has been abandoned, it is normal for them to take time to get used to their new surroundings. They may feel a bit odd at first, but they will appreciate that you saved their lives with time, as many dogs in shelters who cannot be rehomed end up being euthanased. 

It is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before adopting an animal from a shelter to be sure that the pet you adopt is the right fit for you. 

Another thing to remember is that if the dog has been abused by their previous owner, they may need a lot of time to trust you. 

You won’t always get the full story about why the dog ended up in the shelter.

Which Dog Species Could Suit The Best In Various Life Situations?

Some popular dog breeds that could suit different life situations include; 

Golden Retrievers – Are ideal for people looking for a faithful pet that can help with various tasks around the house, such as being a watchdog or service animal. You can bring this breed to different occasions, such as your birthday party or a company event, and get the best results in terms of friendliness. They don’t require a lot of exercises.

Labrador Retrievers – Turn out to be very loyal dogs who would make a great jogging partner as well as someone’s companion. You don’t have to worry about them either since they seem quite easygoing and are just adorable when it comes to working with their owner or simply making friends with everyone else around the place doing things that involve dogs in general. 

German Shepherds – One of the most obedient and calm dog breeds. Also known to be very strong and loyal, dogs from this breed can be used as assistance animals for people with disabilities and are great guard dogs against unwanted attacks.

Rottweilers –  Are sometimes classified as a German Shepherd mix, although other sources say they are separate breeds. However, they are both popular security dogs used by police departments due to their great strength and speed.

Cute Aussies – If you’re looking for your small furry buddy to please his master or play with you better than other breeds when on the move through parks, etc., you would do yourself a favor by getting an Australian Dog.

Great Dane – Is the most aggressive dog in history, also known as the “battle breed.” No wonder this dog has its image because it can be used for various kinds of tasks like working alongside soldiers, police, and others.

But if trained properly can be a great family dog.


Taking care of a new pet can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider when getting a new dog. Fortunately, this article covers some key aspects to consider when searching for the perfect breed. By narrowing down your choices and considering important factors, you’re more likely to find a good match for you and your family.

Johni Barresto

Johni Barresto Is a father and animal lover. With a range of expertise in animal health, he decided to start Animal Heed. His passion is to share his knowledge to help animal owners worldwide. When not in front of his computer, he's out with his kids, teaching them the importance of animal care.

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