The Best Dog Breed For You

Peak City Puppy The Best Dog Breed For You

Whether you are adopting a dog for the first time or are an experienced pet adopter, the breed of dog you choose will have a big impact on your experiences and interactions with your furry friend. While it’s not inherently wrong to choose a dog based on its appearance or popularity, doing so could cause problems later on and even affect their mental well-being. Five main factors should be taken into account when choosing a breed: size, grooming needs, potential allergens, your lifestyle vs. your pet’s physical needs, and your family/social life. You should also consider your financial situation and job. 

 

Family Breeds

There is no stronger relationship than that between a dog and its loving family. Not all dog breeds are suited for large families, but here are a few even-tempered breeds that do well with kids and adults alike. 

  • Beagle
  • Pug
  • Labrador Retriever 
  • Bulldog 
  • Golden retriever 
  • Newfoundland 
  • French Bulldog
  • Collies 

Active Breeds

Do you like the outdoors and exercising? If so, an active dog breed would be best for you. These breeds will help you get moving and stay in shape. 

  • Belgian Malinois 
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman Pinscher 
  • Greyhound 
  • Jack Russel Terrier 
  • German Shepherd 

Hypoallergenic Breeds

Achoo! Yikes, that dog hair is no joke. If you love dogs but are sensitive to allergens, here are some hypoallergenic breeds that will leave you sneeze-free. *Hypoallergenic dogs are not completely free of allergens, especially in their saliva* 

  • Bichon Frise
  • Poodle
  • Havanese
  • Giant Schnauzer 
  • Maltese
  • Shih Tzu
  • Labradoodle

Large and Friendly Dogs

Who doesn’t love a gentle giant? These breeds are large yet lovable pets that will leave you smiling.

  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Great Dane
  • St. Bernard
  • Leonberger
  • Mastiff

Working/Service Dogs

Service and working dogs must be highly trainable and reliable, so finding the right breed is crucial to ensuring they can complete their required task. Here are a few breeds that are proven to be effective service animals. 

  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever 
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Border Collie/Collie
  • American Staffordshire Terrier  

That being said, no specific personality trait applies to every dog in a breed. If you are looking for a dog that is suited to a specific lifestyle, it’s best to do some research and look around without having any overwhelming expectations of what the breed should be. If you still aren’t sure what dog breed would suit you, discuss your lifestyle with a local rescue and shelter that can set you up with your perfect match.