What Type of Dog Fits Your Lifestyle?
What Type of Dog Fits Your Lifestyle?
Having a dog is an extraordinary experience. Your pet is your constant companion, the star of your phone’s camera roll, your personal lap warmer, and so much more. But, dogs are a big responsibility. They rely on us to feed them, exercise them, train them, and take them to the vet. With so much going on in your life, it can be hard to figure out where a dog fits. Take a look at these common scenarios to find a breed that works for you.
I Live in an Apartment
Apartment living typically means you don’t have a ton of space for your dog to run. Plus, you have neighbors and building rules to consider. Many apartment buildings have weight and breed restrictions. Whether fair or not, this often precludes pit bulls and other dogs on the larger side. It isn’t impossible to find an apartment to live with your adorable pittie, but you will have a smaller range of options. Dogs best suited to an apartment are usually smaller and on the lower end of the energy scale. The American Kennel Club recommends several terrier breeds (border, Boston, and yorkshire), corgis, and Maltese. If you like the idea of a bigger dog, grey hounds can adapt to apartment life quite nicely. Known for their speed, they are also happy to spend time lounging on the couch.
I Have a Busy Work Schedule
Dogs are social creatures that crave our attention, which can be a problem when you head off for a full work day. Some dogs are more suited to alone time than others. If you spend a lot of time away from home, you want to know your pet isn’t suffering from separation anxiety. Basset hounds and Akitas are both an option for people with long work hours, according to Petful. Basset hounds are fairly low-energy and content to sleep while you’re at the office. Akitas tend to be more active, but they are self-sufficient enough that they won’t mind daily alone time.
I Love to Run
Runners who love the idea of a partner for all of those miles have plenty of dog breeds to consider. Vizslas, huskies, and Labrador retrievers are all bred to be high-energy, so they will naturally take to your running routine. Just remember, a good canine running companion needs some training. Make sure your dog is comfortable on the leash. And, just like you, your dog could use some rest days between long runs as well.
I Hate Cleaning Up Piles of Fur
As much as we love our furry pets, cleaning up fur that seems to find its way onto clothing and every single surface in your home can be a pain. Owners who would prefer to cut down on the time spent using a lint roller and vacuuming can opt for breeds with minimal shedding. Poodles, the Bichon Frise, the Chinese Crested, and the Maltese are known for keeping most of their fur off of your belongings, according to the American Kennel Club. Keep in mind, many of these breeds will still need your help maintaining their coats with regular brushing, bathing, and cuts.
I Have Kids
Growing up with dogs can be a joyful childhood experience, but parents need to find a dog that has the right temperament. Kids are loud and energetic. Some dogs may feel frightened or even become aggressive in that kind of atmosphere. Breeds that are known for being a good family fit include golden retrievers and beagles, according to PetMD. Goldens are patient and have the right temperament for being around kids. Beagles are smaller (so you don’t have to worry about your kids being knocked over), but full of energy and ready to play. If you are looking to adopt a dog, visit local shelters and rescues. PAWS Chicago even has a foster program, so you can see how a dog fits into your lifestyle. If you fall in love, you can talk about adoption. Or, you can help prepare the pup for her forever home.
Written by Carrie Pallardy