A dog can be man’s best friend or his worst nightmare! Every year the dogs are returned to breeders or turned over to animal rescue centers because the owner just couldn’t cope …
True, a dog is for life, and sometimes it can be a handful, but there is a way to ensure you have the best possible relationship with your puppy companion. All you need to do is do a little research and think a bit.
Dogs have different personalities, and these will be shaped to some extent by you and the environment you create for your pup. But you can predict a dog’s innate personality (to some extent) by looking at the common traits of each dog breed. The bottom line is that you can minimize any problems simply by taking the time to choose a breed of dog that suits your personality and lifestyle.
Here are the top 10 dog breeds (by popularity) and their most common traits to help you decide which type of dog is best for you:
1. Labrador Retriever.
Labradors are medium-sized, intelligent and familiar dogs. They are arguably the most popular breed of dog in the world and it’s no wonder. Labradors are the perfect dog for families with young children. They are not overly sensitive or moody and love to be around young children.
If you are the type who loves dogs, choose a labrador retriever. If you have a family with young children, this may be your best option.
2. Yorkshire Terrier.
Affectionately known as Yorkies, they are small dogs but with a great personality. They are considered a “toy breed”, but they are terriers, so they are still brave and energetic.
Yorkies are beautiful, but they can require a lot of maintenance, mainly due to their appearance. They are very independent and very intelligent. But they will need your daily attention, so if you are the type that has a lot of time on their hands, Yorkies would be perfect for you.
3. German Shepherd.
German Shepherds are medium-sized sheepdogs. They are mainly used in police training and obedience schools as they are highly intelligent and have well-developed guard instincts.
This breed is extremely loyal and very protective. German Shepherds are very active dogs and would require larger spaces to live and exercise. Also, because they are very intelligent, you would not have any difficulty training them. If you want your own watchdog, the best thing to do is buy a German Shepherd.
4. Golden Retriever.
Like a Labrador Retriever, this breed is one of the friendliest, if not the friendliest, out there. Good-natured and good-natured are the best descriptions for this type of dog, which is why children like Golden Retrievers best of all breeds. However, they make bad watchdogs because they can be very sociable even with strangers.
Beagles are bloodhounds. Medium in size and low maintenance, they can make a perfect household pet.
They love to bark and howl, so you have to think twice if you live in a small apartment. They are neither too aggressive nor too friendly. But once you get their confidence, Beagles can be one of the most affectionate breeds. Just remember that, like all dogs, Beagles are pack animals, so they shouldn’t be left alone for long or they will suffer from separation anxiety.
This breed is generally entered in show dog competitions due to its stature and physique. Boxers are alert and sporty, and make excellent companions or watchdogs. Despite their intimidating appearance, Boxers are one of the friendliest dog breeds, especially around children. Boxers love being with people they trust.
Choose this breed if you already have an active lifestyle, in which you can afford to take your dog for exercise at least 1-2 times a day.
This breed is also known as “sausage” dogs due to their similarity to a hotd og in regards to their shape. Don’t be fooled by their appearance though – dachshunds can make excellent watchdogs. Small but brave, that’s the perfect way to describe this breed.
Dachshunds in general are active dogs: hunters. They love to chase anything that moves so you have to keep up if you want to have one. They are very lively and will even challenge any dog twice their size. There would never be a dull moment if you live with a dachshund.
Due to their appearance (their curly coat to be precise), Poodles are considered high maintenance breeds. But this is a perfect example of never judging a book by its cover, or in this case, its cape.
Poodles are one of the smartest breeds. They are easy to train, agile and very perceptive. But they are also easily bored, which is why they often find themselves in trouble. Poodles are one of the only dog breeds that come in all three sizes – small, medium, and large, so you have a choice.
Poodles make good companions, but they’re not great for young children, so make sure you pick the right one …
9. Shih Tzus.
They are small, compact and brave (as the name suggests, Shih Tzu = lion). Shih Tzus combine courage and beauty, which generally means that you should have a lifestyle that allows you to spend time on a daily basis not only walking, but grooming. Their long, flowing coats often need daily attention.
They are playful, active and intelligent. However, they are very difficult to tame, so you will likely need a little more patience and time with them.
Bulldogs are sturdy, medium-sized dogs. They are not usually perceived as lap dogs (and with their physical disposition who would), but they would like to be … Their somewhat grumpy expression may make you think that they are in a bad mood and difficult to deal with, but you you would not do that. be further from the truth.
Bulldogs are very adorable and friendly, albeit with a bit of stubbornness. They are good with children and get along well with other pets. So if you have a cat at home, the bulldog could be the perfect companion not only for you, but for your cat as well.
At the end of the day, selecting the best breed for your personality and lifestyle is like choosing a mate – you have to match up or things will be difficult. Please don’t be tempted to buy a puppy just because he looks cute – do him and yourself a huge favor and learn a little about each breed of dog.
If you are an active person, choose an agile and active dog. If you spend your days in front of the TV, quit your butt and exercise … Okay, I’m kidding … If your lifestyle is full of long work hours or too much free time, buy a dog that doesn’t. He doesn’t need too much attention or exercise (although all dogs need attention, so if you’re too busy to give it to him, consider a cat instead).