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What Dog Should I Get? 4 Of The Best

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Getting a new pet is a massive decision and never one you should rush. When it comes to choosing a dog for your home, you need to make sure that you get the right breed for you. Don’t make the naive mistake of assuming that all canines are the same. They are not. Sure, most dogs share certain traits, but there is a gulf of difference between many of the main breeds. Before you choose a pup, you need to consider what will work in your household.

Taking care of any dog is an enormous responsibility. After all, puppies need a whole lot of attention when they are young. As your dog grows up, it will still need you to be there and take care of it all the time. Before deciding what to do, you should consider your lifestyle. How much time do you have to dedicate to an animal? Are you an active person? If you don’t feel that you have the time to walk a dog twice a day, maybe you should consider getting a low-maintenance pet instead.

If you are sure that a dog is a perfect pet for you, though, you need to choose a breed that complements your family life. Let’s take a look at some of the UK’s most popular breeds and see what dog you should get.

Cocker Spaniels

These pretty little pups were once hunting dogs, and so they have a whole lot of energy. If you have small kids, this breed of dog might be perfect. In fact, many owners say that these dogs are among the most well-behaved animals they have ever had. As well as being friendly, these dogs tend to be quite loyal, which is always a bonus. You should get them when they are young so that they bond with you as much as possible.

How big are they?

Most Cocker Spaniels never grow more than 40 cm tall and weigh around 14 kg. That means that these dogs are one of the smallest ones on our list. If you only have a tiny home, you might want to opt for this cheerful pup.

Are they smart?

The simple answer is yes. This breed of dog is not the most intelligent out there, but it does have a level of alertness like no other.

Long or short hair?

Cocker Spaniels are a long-haired breed of animal. That means that they are lovely and fluffy, but it does come with some drawbacks. During the summer, this dog will shed quite a lot.

German Shepherd

If you want a loyal, strong, fearless creature, you might wish to consider a German Shepherd. You may have heard other people call this breed of dog Alsatian, which is its other name. One thing you should know about this dog is that it needs a whole lot of attention. If you tend to work long hours, you will find that this breed becomes distressed and sad.

How big are they?

Though the puppies may be small, these dogs tend to grow to be massive. At around 60 cm, this breed is anything but tiny. At their peak, this breed of dog will weigh around 35 kg.

Are they smart?

German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, which is one of the reasons they are so popular. These animals need to be as active as possible so that they are healthy and fit. Be aware that this breed tends to be quite suspicious when they meet new people and strangers.

Long or short hair?

You can get this breed of dog with both long and short hair. If you want to avoid malting you should opt for a short-haired version of the breed such as the Belgiun Malinois. You can read all about fostering a German Shepherd/Belgiun Malinois cross in this series of blog posts.

Labrador

Labradors are the most popular dogs in Britain, and you can see why. This breed of dog truly is man’s best friend. For years, these dogs were working animals, helping fishermen and the like. These days, they make excellent domestic pets. These creatures tend to be friendly and helpful, which is why they are a great family dog.

How big are they?

Again, this breed of dog is by no means small. An adult male dog can weigh about 40 kg while they tend to grow to around 65 cm.

Are they smart?

These dogs are not as smart as German Shepherds, but they still take to training with ease. Aside from anything else, the dogs seem to be kind natured and happy.

Long or short hair?

Labradors tend to have thick, short hair, which does not shed in the summer. Despite this fact, you will need to groom your dog on a regular basis to keep it healthy. You should also cut your dog’s claws as they can get sharp.

Pug

Pug dogs might not be the most attractive animal in the world, but there is no denying that they are quite charming. These little dogs are ideal if you have a family as they tend to be good natured and harmless. With a small, sturdy body and a squashed face, this tiny creature is a favourite for almost everybody. Many people say that these animals have a great sense of humour. They are playful and happy most of the time. That means that you will need a whole lot of energy to take care of a pug.

How big are they?

These dogs are quite small, when you compare them to the others. In fact, an adult male will grow to no more than about 30 cm.

Are they smart?

The pug is not the smartest dog on the list. What this breed lacks in intelligence, though, it makes up in friendliness. This breed is a companion breed, which means that it loves humans. These little animals adore attention from people, so you need to have a lot of time to care properly for one.

Long or short hair?

These dogs are short-haired, which means that they don’t shed any fur during the hot season. Perfect.

Now that you know about some of the main breeds of domestic dogs, why are you waiting? If you think you’re ready for a new addition to your family, there is nothing better than giving a dog a home. You should familiarise yourself with potentially toxic food for dogs and look into the accessories required such as a dog crate and toys to keep their minds active.


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