News / June 14, 2024

Which Dog Breed Is Best For Me?

Every dog breed is different and some can be more suited to your lifestyle than others. It is important to find out which breed is best for you before owning a dog.

Good for allergies

Mexican Hairless Dog Breed

Being allergic to animal hair can be frustrating when you also want to be a dog owner. Luckily there are many dog breeds that are hypoallergenic, meaning they shed less hair, making them the perfect pet for those who are allergic. According to the American Kennel Club, some hypoallergenic dog breeds include Poodles, Schnauzers, and Lagotto Romagnolos, as well as hairless dog breeds such as the Chinese Crested dog and Mexican Hairless dog. Remember, no dog is completely hypoallergenic, but some breeds just shed much less than others. Always research a dog breed before committing to owning one.

Good for an active lifestyle

Springer Spaniel Dog Breed

Some dogs are more energetic than others. To suit an active lifestyle, dogs who need more exercise are recommended. These dog breeds include Labradors, Border Collies, Springer Spaniels, and Golden Retrievers. These breeds generally need about two hours of exercise a day, although this can vary, making them a great fit for those with a highly active lifestyle. 

Good for protection training

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Certain breeds of dog are more suitable for being trained in protection. Generally, breeds such as German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweilers are more suitable due to their strong build and protective instincts. If you are looking to train your dog in protection, we offer a protection residential training course. Find out more about the protection training course here.  

Good for a busy lifestyle

Pug Dog Breed

Those who have a busy lifestyle may not have much time to spend walking their dog, meaning dog breeds who need less exercise are more suitable. Generally smaller dog breeds, such as Dachshunds, Pugs, and Shih Tzus, need less walking but larger breeds such as Bulldogs and Basset Hounds also don’t need as much exercise. High levels of exercise can impact the health of some dog breeds, including the Neopolitan Mastiff and the Dogue de Bordeaux, as high impact exercise can put pressure on their joints, potentially damaging them over time. These dog breeds are great for those who don’t have much time on their hands to take their dog on extensive walks.

Good for first-time dog owners

Boxer Dog Breed

Some dogs are more suitable for those who have never owned a dog before and have little experience with the animal. According to the American Kennel Club, there are a variety of dog breeds suitable for first-time owners. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is great due to their ability to adapt to all kinds of people including young children and the elderly, and are generally a low-maintenance breed. Boxers are patient and protective in nature and have a desire for human affection, especially from children. Labradors are popular for first-time owners due to their friendly nature, and the fact they are generally easy to train.

Good for hot weather

Chinese Crested Dog Breed

Although we don’t get a lot of hot weather here in the UK, some dog breeds thrive in higher temperatures. These dog breeds generally originate from countries with hot climates. For example, Chihuahuas originate in Mexico, Ibizan Hounds come from Spain, and the Australian Cattle Dog from Australia (as the name suggests!). All these breeds thrive in hot climates, making them suitable for those living in warmer countries. 

Overall…

The wide variety of dog breeds out there means those in various situations with all kinds of lifestyles can find a dog suitable for them and their needs. It is important to research which dog breed is best suited for you to own before making the commitment. A well-trained dog makes for a better experience with them. See our training services pages on our website for more information on how we can help you and your dog.

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For more information on our residential dog training services please contact us at info@platinumk9.com or call us on 0115 646 0905.