There are many different kids of breeds of dogs that are available. With each breed typically comes certain personality traits. While this is not always the case, there are typically certain instincts that are bred into each breed as well as certain levels of intelligence. To determine which breed is right for you and your family, it is important to consider these factors when making your decision.
The first thing that you will want to consider is whether have a pure breed dog is important to you. With a pure bred dog you will have more knowledge about the personality traits that you can expect. You also will have an idea of what health issues are most common with that type of dog. This can help you to make a great choice for your family with less concern about not being able to make them part of your family.
However, there are millions of dogs around the world that are in need of a forever home. When adopting an animal that is in need of a home you are reducing the likeligood that they will be put to sleep and will be greatly improving their quality of life. While you may not know the exact breed of the dog, those that work at the shelter can typically tell you what breed is most dominant. They may also have information about their behaviors and personality, which can help you to make the decision. These dogs are typically older, so you will actually have direct insight as to what they will be like for the remainder of their life. You also do have the opportunity to spend time with them before making your final decision, so you can learn first hand how they will interact with you and your family.
The things you will want to consider will include the kind of personality your dog will have, how hard it will be to train them and the size that they will likely grow to. These factors are individual to each family, depending on your living situation, what you expect from the experience and the time you will have to invest into training. There is not a one size fits all when it comes to adding a new member to your family.
You will want to take the time to read about various breeds and their typical personality traits. You may have an idea of the type of dog that you find to be the most adorable, or have a friend that has a certain breed that you find to be particularly appealing. If you have an idea of the type of dog that you want, you will want to be sure that you fully understand the needs of that breed. While certain traits may be typical of a certain breed, there are always outliers. The key is to be sure that you know as much as possible before you make a final decision on the type of dog that you want to add to your family.
In addition to traits and size expectations, you will want to think about the care needs of the animal. Some will need to be groomed on a regular basis, while others are extremely low maintenance. Some will shed a great deal while others will shed very little, it at all. Be sure that you consider this as well as the possible vet bills to be sure that you have considered everything that will go into caring for them.
The more that you know, the better your experience will be. This is a huge decision. Put in the right level of effort into your research so that you pick the animal that is best for you.