Are you looking to expand your family with a new dog? Are you having trouble deciding which dog to bring into your home? Do you have young kids and aren’t sure which breed of dog is best? If so, please read on to find out how to choose the right dog for your kids and the entire family.
As you can appreciate, you should not choose your dog on a whim. You need to take into consideration a few elements, including:
- Your lifestyle
- Selecting the right breed of dogs
- The living situation at home
Let take a look at each of these elements in more detail below:
You should match your dog’s character with your lifestyle concerning the amount of physical activity you can do with your dog. While every dog needs some physical activities to stay healthy, some dogs are more active than others.
Dogs such as Border Collies need a lot of physical activities. After all, this breed of dogs has evolved to spending hours in the field herding sheep. Consequently, such a dog will not thrive in a household where kids love to stay indoors. Instead, it will love living with a family that loves to spend time playing outdoors.
On the other hand, if your kids love staying indoors, dog breeds that do not need a lot of exercise will be appropriate. Such breeds include Basset Hounds and Bulldogs.
The Dog Breed That Suits Your Kids And Family
Different dogs have different characteristics. Some are more playful than others. Other dogs are more aggressive than other dogs. As such, look for a dog with the right temperament, patience, and obedience to be suitable for kids. According to the American Kennel Club, nine dog breeds perform well as pets for families with kids. These include:
- Golden retriever
- Labrador retriever
- Bull terrier
- Soft-coated wheaten terrier
These dog breeds combine characteristics such as calmness, friendliness, playfulness, and loyalty, characteristics all family dogs should have in abundance.
The cost of the dog extends beyond the price you pay for the dog. You need to know how much you are comfortable spending on a monthly basis in taking care of your dog. Crucially, get a dog that fits within that budget. Generally speaking, large dogs tend to cost more in food than smaller dogs.
It’s important to note that purebred dogs are not only more expensive to buy than mixed breeds, but they are also susceptible to certain health conditions. As such, they cost more in medical care than mixed breed dogs.
The Living Situation At Home
Large dogs will thrive in homes with large back yards to play and exercise. As such, only buy large dogs such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers if you live in your home and you have plenty of outdoor space. It will also be a plus if you live in a neighbourhood with plenty of open space and parks where your dog can exercise and play.
On the other hand, if you live in an apartment, a small dog like a Beagle will suit your family best. They are easy to accommodate, and they tolerate spending more time indoors than many large dogs.
If you have a dog and are looking for trustworthy and reliable veterinarian services, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at 313 Vets. At 313 Vets, we provide the following services for all family pets. Our services include:
- Home Visits
- Desexing & Surgery
- Dental Care
- X-Ray & Pathology
- Hospital Care
- Training & Behavioural Advice
- Palliative Care
- After Hours Access
For all these services and more, please call us today at 313 Vets on 98134755 or feel free to leave an enquiry.