Dog Breed Selector

Which Dog Breed is Right for You?

Not sure what breed may be right? Answer these simple questions about your lifestyle and what you'd like in a canine companion. We'll offer a few choices that may suit you.

What size dog are you looking for?

 





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The world of dogs has breeds of all shapes and sizes. Consider how a pint-sized pup or a giant dog will fit into your home, family, lifestyle - and your budget.

How much time will you be able to devote to your dog's grooming?

 


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Coat type and length can make a big difference in a breed's grooming requirements. In addition to regular brushing and bathing, some breeds require more involved grooming. Make sure you have the time to devote to any dog's upkeep.

How much energy can you handle from your new pup?

 



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Are you looking for a running buddy or a companion to cuddle on the couch with? Determine how you'd like to spend time with your dog, and try to envision how a breed's energy level will fit into the picture.

Which temperament would you prefer in your dog?

 



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Some breeds are naturally reserved or instinctively social or outgoing. Consider your daily activities and your dog's potential "social life" to determine what temperament in a new companion may be right for you.

Do you have children?

 

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Socialization and training are crucial when introducing a new dog to your family. However, some breeds may be large enough to knock over small children, and others may try to herd them. And a few breeds just don't like kids.

Do you have other pets?

 

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Consider a breed's original purpose for clues to how a dog will interact with other pets. For example, a dog who was bred to hunt may not be the best choice for a family with small animals.

Do you have house guests frequently?

 

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Some breeds are naturally friendly to new people, while some can become protective around strangers. Use consistent training to ensure your dog's reaction to houseguests is a positive one.

How tolerant of barking are you?

 


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Virtually all dogs bark. However, if the thought of a barking buddy has you shuddering, several breeds may suit you better. Of course, you'll need to teach any new dog when it's appropriate to bark.

How smart is your ideal dog?

 


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Would you mind if your new puppy was able to outsmart you? Or would you love to have a dog who challenges you? Different dogs have different types of intelligence, depending on the breed's original purpose.

How important is trainability to you?

 


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Some dog breeds are able to learn a new command in just a few training sessions. Others may take many more sessions to master it. Consider how much time and effort you're willing to devote to training your new pup.

How much time do you have to exercise your dog?

 


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All dogs require exercise, and some breeds need more than others. Think about how your new dog's daily exercise needs will fit into your regular schedule when looking for a breed that's suitable for your lifestyle.

Are you allergic to dogs?

 

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Some breeds are known to suit allergy sufferers better than others. In addition to researching a breed's coat qualities, spend some time around dogs of various breeds to see how they affect your allergies.

How much room does your home have for a new dog?

 


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The size of the dog doesn't always determine the size of the home he'd be happiest in. Some large breeds can thrive with apartment-dwellers, and some small dogs need a home with a yard to explore.


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