Living with a dog is a wonderful and rewarding experience. But before you pick a dog it is important that you analyse your lifestyle to find out which dog fits on your routine. Dogs come in many sizes and have different needs. Not every dog must live together with families. You must also consider the size of your house.
Which dog is best for me?
What size dog are you looking for?
How is your living space?
- a) It’s an apartment
- b) Medium house
- c) Large house
Do you have a garden? If so, what size is your garden?
- a) None or very small
- b) Medium
- c) A big garden
Are you an active person?
- a) Not very active
- b) Moderately active
- c) Very active
For how long would your dog be alone each week?
- a) Never, there is always someone at home.
- b) Between 15 and 30 hours
- c) More than 30 hours
How energetic should your dog be?
- a) I want a calm dog.
- b) I don’t mind exercising with my dog but not too much.
- c) I want a very energetic dog to play with me for hours.
How much daily exercise will you give your dog?
- a) None, I am very lazy…
- b) 30 minutes
- c) 1 hour or more
Most of a)
You have a small space to live and small dog which don’t require much exercise hat likes to be with people. You need a small, low energy dog. The best choices are, for instance, Skye Terrier or Pekingese.
Most of b)
You have some time to exercise and a medium living space. Your dog can be moderately energetic. You don’t use to leave him alone much time, so you may choose a dog with medium energy and go for a daily walk with him. Examples: Shar pei, Pug or Samoyed.
Most of c)
You are a very active person and you enjoy exercising. You also love to spend time with your dog and you have lots of space in your house. You may choose a big and energetic dog. Examples: Boxer, Irish Setter.