Choosing the Right Dog for Your Lifestyle

Whether it’s your first dog or just another pet you want to bring into the family, selecting a new dog is an important, emotional experience. When choosing a new pooch, you must think very carefully about your current lifestyle and what type of dog will fit best.

Size Matters

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and you should really take that into account when picking a new dog for you and your family. You can’t base your entire decision while holding a cute little pup in your arms – that pup will grow up and quicker than you think. Obviously, if you live in a small studio apartment, a Great Dane is not the best choice for your lifestyle. So, take into account a dog’s full-grown size and compare it to the amount of living space you have.

Where You Live

While we’re on the subject of living spaces, along with the amount of indoor space you have in your home, you must consider the amount of outdoor space surrounding you. If you live in the suburbs complete with a backyard and plenty of parks nearby, going for a dog that loves to exercise and stretch his legs is a great choice for you. On the other hand, small dogs who enjoy lounging will suit you best if you live in an urban area where dog parks are quite a distance away.

Do You Have Children?

If you have young children, dog breeds and temperaments must be taken into account. Not all dogs can tolerate active children. Eager to please Labrador Retrievers and easy goings Pugs are typical family-friendly dogs that love running around with the kids. Though Chihuahuas are cute, they are nervous little creatures who won’t hesitate to nip at children who love picking up small things.

Noise tolerance

Are you someone who enjoys peace and quiet in your home? Well, your Beagle couldn’t care less and will bark and bark until his heart’s content! If you desire a dog that will loudly alert you to danger or scare intruders, a vocal pup is a great option. However, if you’d prefer a sweet-natured doggie to quietly keep you company, a Rhodesian Ridgeback might be a better fit for you. Either way, it’s always important to consider your (and your neighbor’s) tolerance for noise when choosing a dog for your home.

Shedding factor

We don’t all love to clean, and some dogs don’t make it easy for us. Consider how much the dog you want sheds and whether or not you are prepared to do frequent vacuuming and sweeping around the house. If you have carpeting, you might opt for a dog with less hair. However, if you have hardwood or tile floors, you may not mind a shedding dog since it would be easy to clean.


While there are plenty of online quizzes out there to tell you which dog breed is best for you based on how active you are, it’s crucial to ask yourself these practical questions as well because they will really make a difference in how your new dog fits into your life.