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More Dog Choices - A Few More Dog Breeds That Might Fit Your Lifestyle

Why do I need more dog choices? Concerning the appearance of dogs, many people have some idea already of what type of dog they are looking for. Here's the important question though - do you know if that dog in your mind is really the right one for you?



For example, you may really love the look of that beautiful white curly hair of a Poodle. Here's the real test, however, are you ready for all the intensive grooming treatments required to maintain those beautiful curly locks?

And you really admire the tremendous intelligence of the German Shepherd.

Now, did you know that this dog breed sheds pretty much year-round? So unless you don't mind a little extra housecleaning or learning to groom your dog yourself, neither of these dog breeds may be an ideal choice for you.

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Here are some more things to think about when thinking about more dog choices:

Exactly how active are you? What your physical capabilities? Be honest. Can you give the dogs twice daily extended walks as well as extra playtime?



Where do you live? – On a farm or in a tiny apartment in the city? Do your research and try to match the dog breeds needs with your real living space. An active Australian Shepherd may not be the best choice in a small city apartment when he'd be more comfortable out in the great outdoors on a working ranch or farm.

What are your favorite things to do? Are you the outdoors type? If so a sporting or herding dog breed could be a good match for you. If you are more "indoorsy" then a smaller, less active smooth or short-coated breed could be the dog for you.

How much do you travel? - And even more importantly, what happens to the dog when you are not at home? Do you plan on keeping the dog with you when you travel or do you plan on boarding or hiring a pet sitter while you're not at home?

Can you really afford having a dog? - Just think about it - food, vets bills, housing, treats and toys can easily add up to several hundred dollars a year or more. Make sure that you can afford to pay for all care cost for your pet before you get a dog.

So, to better help you think a little more in depth about various things to think about concerning that new canine companion, below is a list of more dog choices that belong to different kinds of categories.

Maybe this list will help you better decide which dog breed is the right one for you and your family - or at least get you thinking about some alternative choices that you may not have considered before! Having more dog choices surely can't hurt!

Dog Breeds That Require Less Grooming Overall

It goes without saying that all dogs need to be groomed - some dog breeds just need more than others. Their coats needs to be brushed, ears need to be cleaned, nails must be trimmed, teeth have to be brushed, and they all need a bath every now and then.

As far as overall coat maintenance is concerned, however, the dog breeds listed below do not require much coat maintenance:

1. Boxer
2. Whippet
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Dog Breeds That Are Great With Kids

If you have children in your immediate family, you want to make sure that your dog will get along with your kids just fine. Not to say that other dog breeds don't do well with kids, but the three dog breeds below are examples well known to love to play with kids:

1. Beagle
2. Collie
3. Labrador Retriever

Dog Breeds That Are Super Obedient

If you are looking for a dog breed that actively listens to you, one that is more than willing to please you and doesn't get distracted too easily, check out these dog breeds below:

1. German Shepherd
2. Golden Retriever
3. Shih Tzu

Dog Breeds That Are Super Athletic

Are you an athlete looking for a workout buddy? The dog breeds listed below are dogs that crave activity - they are active, agile, vigorous, and strong:

1. Rottweiler
2. Sheltie
3. Border Collie

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Dog Breeds That Are Super Lapdogs

If you are looking for a dog breed that is happy to nestle on your lap and be by your side at all times, these are three of the best dog breeds to start with:

1. English Toy Spaniel

2. Shih Tzu

3. Havanese


Keep in mind that the suggestions above are merely that - suggestions. We've provided more dog choices to help get you thinking about various dog breeds and different qualities that are all important to consider before you bring your new companion home.

Take your time when searching for your new dog. Call breeders, visit dog shows, visit dog websites and contact dog breed parent clubs for references for reputable breeders in your area. The more research you do BEFORE you bring your new dog companion home, the better off everyone will be.

Good luck in your decision - I hope more dog choices helps you make up your mind more easily.

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"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!" - ASPCA