Which Dog Breed is Right for Me

Simply “being a dog person” doesn’t mean that any breed of dog would be the perfect dog match for you personally. When adopting a dog you are taking on the responsibility of being their primary caretaker as well as making them a part of your family. 

With this in mind, it’s important to take into consideration the type of lifestyle that you live and find out whether it is the lifestyle for the dog breed that you may have had in mind. For instance, you wouldn’t want to consider getting a dog that has high energy levels and needs to be able to run around large, open spaces often if you are a college student who lives in a small apartment near your college campus.

Each dog breed has traits that are unique to them, and need to be taken into consideration when choosing a breed that you believe is right for you and your lifestyle. This is why we have broken down some important things to keep in mind when choosing which breed of dog to adopt into your family. 

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Heading to the Shelter to Adopt:

  • What breed of dog would be happy living in the place that I live?
    1. Do I live out in the rural countryside where there is plenty of open space for them to run around in?
    2. Or do I live in the suburbs with a small fenced-in backyard with limited running space?
    3. Or do I live in an apartment with no yard space for them to run around in whatsoever?

  • How many family members or friends live in my household?
      1. My living quarters are packed because I live with four roommates who have company over often. 
      2. I live with my significant other, and it’s just us two.
      3. I live all by myself.
    • 3 . What level of physical activity do I participate in regularly?  
      1. I go for runs and hit the gym almost daily. 
      2. I take a walk around my neighborhood every evening. 
      3. I don’t get out much and spend much of my time watching television.

    The points above are crucial to keeping in mind when deciding what breed of dog would be best for you and your lifestyle. That is unless you decide to move or kick people out of your home to accommodate a particular breed. 

    Dog Breeds that are Protective of Their Owners

    Why pay money for an electronic security system that just alerts the police about intruders, when you can have a dog that will alert you and do everything in their power to protect you and your family? Some breeds just have a natural tendency to want to protect their beloved families at all costs.

    There are a few breeds that you’d probably expect to find as a guard dog such as the German shepherd or rottweiler. Not only do these dogs have an incredibly intimidating appearance, but if their looks don’t scare intruders off, their bite is definitely just as bad as their bark. 

    Dog Breeds that Would Be Happy Living in an Apartment

    Some of the best dogs for college students are breeds that are perfectly happy living in small indoor spaces. College students often live in small apartments close to their college campuses. Between the small living quarters and a likely lack of free time, college students need to be very thoughtful when choosing what breed of dog they would like o to adopt as their new study buddy. 

    Typically, larger breeds of dogs need more living space as well as lots of outdoor space to run around in. With that said, it can be assumed that smaller breeds of dogs are pretty content living in smaller spaces such as an apartment. These smaller dogs include breeds such as the chihuahua, Boston terrier, pomeranian, and pugs, just to name a few. 

    Dog Breeds that Love to be Active with their Owners

    Dog owners who live active lifestyles are the best for most dogs, although some breeds thrive on regular physical activity more than others. So, if you’re the kind of person who likes going running, you’ll want to pick a running companion that can easily keep up with you, or keep you on your toes to keep up with them. 

    Some breeds just can not live happily without regular physical activity. They will rely on their owners to keep them from getting bored by going to run around outside with them daily. These breeds include golden retrievers, greyhounds, huskies, and border collies, just to name a few of the more active breeds of canines. 


    If you’re still uncertain of what dog breed would fit best into your family and lifestyle, there are plenty of online dog personality tests that you can take to help narrow down your search and find a dog that is perfect for you. 

    Bringing a dog home that you picked just because you liked the idea of owning that particular breed may not turn out the way you had hoped. Understanding the unique mannerisms of the different breeds, and the lifestyles that they click well with are both important things you must understand before deciding on what breed of dog that you would like to adopt. 

    What dog breed lives the longest?

    Toy-size Chihuahuas have been recorded as the breed that tends to live the longest with their average life span ranging from 15-20 years. Dachshunds come in a close second place for long life spans, also averaging 15-20 years of life.

    What dog breed is the smartest?

    Border collies are by far the smartest dog breed. Research has discovered that they are known to obey commands 95% of the time they are given. Border collies are also known to have the capability of learning a new command in 5 or fewer repetitions of the new command.

    Are dog breed names capitalized?

    According to the rules of English grammar, the name of a dog breed should only be capitalized when it is accompanied by the name of the specific location that the breed originated from. For instance, a French bulldog or German shepherd should have the name of the location capitalized, but not the generic terms that refer to their breed.

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