How to Choose the Best Breed for Your Family

June 12, 2020

Being a pet parent is a big responsibility because aside from making sure that the basic needs of your pet, such as food and shelter, are met, you also need to ensure that they feel cared for and loved by spending quality time with them. While it can be challenging, there are several benefits in owning a pet, such as a dog too. If you live alone, a dog can keep you company. On the other hand, if you have growing kids, a dog can teach them a lot about responsibility. In terms of the latter, below are some tips on how to choose the best dog breed for your family.

  • Consider the Size of the Dog

More often than not, small dogs are more vulnerable because unintentional mishandling them can cause serious injuries. If you have small children, a small dog breed may not be suitable for your family for the moment. However, they can be a very convenient company when you go outside.

If you intend to travel or spend a long time outdoors with your small furry friend, a dog crate would prove to be beneficial. The dog lovers in MyBestDogList enumerated some of the best soft dog crates for travel perfect for various small dog breeds. On the other hand, a larger dog breed needs more space to move around, and as a puppy, they may likely break things around your house.

  • Basic Grooming

Another thing that you need to consider is the maintenance and grooming of the dog. If you opt for dogs with rather long fur coats, then you need to ensure a more frequent routine grooming. On the other hand, breeds with shorter hair tend to shed more such that you need to keep up with cleaning around. You also need to consider that dog breeds with floppy ears are more prone to ear infection, such that you need to clean their ears more frequently.

  • Energy Level

There are dog breeds which are more active than other dog breeds and you need to think about whether you will be able to keep up with the energy of your dog, given your lifestyle. Lower energy dogs such as a basset hound are alright with a couple of walks in a day while higher energy dogs such as a border collie can be a perfect jogging partner. Think about the time you are willing to commit to your dog because the behavioral problems that arise on dogs are usually because of excessive energy and lack of activities.

To wrap things up, make sure to consider the size of the dog that you want to have, as well as how they need to be groomed and maintained. Also assess the energy level of the dog breed you are considering to evaluate if you will be able to make ample time for them. You can also think about getting a puppy or an adult dog, but the key thing is once you find your perfect match, they will effortlessly fit into your family.

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cindy
cindy
November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted but some of them are not teddy bear puppies

Gerardo
Gerardo
March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

Julie
Julie
May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

Hello want buy look teddy bears picture send email xxxxxxxxxxx thank u

Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Serious,
Connie RN,

Shamika
Shamika
December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

Dolores
Dolores
January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one