Dog Breed- Defining your Style

Mar 20 08:22 2008 Lexi Rutter Print This Article

Finding the right dog breed for you is extremely important.  Yes, we all have our favorite breeds, but every potential dog owner must analyze whether this breed is the right dog breed for them, their lifestyle and their habits. 

So what dog breed fits your style?

Small,Guest Posting medium, or large; curly-coated or smooth; plain or patterned; quiet and docile or loud and vivacious among the bountiful different breeds there are dogs to suit all tastes and styles.  Defining your dog style involves your lifestyle. 

Choosing a dog breed that agrees with your personality requires a closer look at the lifestyle you lead.  Are you one to spend your free time around your home or are a jetsetter who travels routinely?  Consider the amount of time you spend away from home and your work schedule.  Do you work long hours at the office?  How do you spend your time away from work?  Do you spend time active outdoors?  What types are your interests and hobbies?  What type of dog breed compliments your lifestyle?

Smaller breeds make wonderful travel companions busy people on the go, as they are easy to tote around.  Larger dogs and active breeds love the challenge of a good chase and make great hiking and trail riding partners. 

Urban loft vs. farmer’s porch, where you live is of great significance when defining your dog style.  Do you live in the city or suburbs?  Do you rent or own your home?  Is your home roomy or cozy?  Do you have a private yard or well situated with easy access to one?  Do you have plenty of open air and grass to safely run and play or a quite little private yard? 

Energy output is not necessarily related to the size of a dog. As a rule, larger dogs tend to require more exercise than small dogs, but again not always the case.  While researching the various dog breeds and characteristics you will find there are dogs both large and small that by nature are enormously energetic, and the opposite languidly lethargic.  The key is to find an energy balance that meshes with yours.  

One bona fide truth about dogs, miniature to oversize, regardless of the breed they all need fresh air and exercise daily to live happy and healthy.  Some breeds happen to require a little more than others.  Medium and large size dog breeds need an abundance of outside exercise, while smaller dogs are perfectly fine with daily strolls around the neighborhood a quick games of fetch.

Be realistic with yourself and choose a playmate with your pace.  Dog select a lively spirited dog as a means of motivating you to exercise more.  In the long run it the plan may back fire and you will both be miserable. 


The “Wag Factor” does matter when choosing your dog style. “Biting off more than you can chew,” is a good saying to keep in mind when searching for a dog breed. Sure all dogs are small and manageable as newborn puppies, but eventually they all become adult dogs, and some dog breeds become much more “adult” in size that is than others. 

The love you receive from your dog is priceless; but does come with a price tag. Some breeds will cost more than other and may require additional grooming and care.  Consider the price of the dog, routine health care and checkups, obedience training, pet setters, grooming, and the expense of daily food and treats.

Think about the purpose and role your new dog will fulfill in your life. Will the dog be an only child, or an addition to other pets and or children in your home? 

If you have other household pets, consider the natural instincts and temperament of the dog breed.  Hounds and other natural predatory breeds do not cohabitate well with cats, smaller animals and even children.

Defining your dog style and determining dog breeds best suited for you, will help you narrow your search in finding your loving, faithful companion.  Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to breeds:

Small Breed Dog often have lower energy and  require a little less attention: For example, Bichon Frise, French Bulldog, Toy or Miniature Poodle, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, English Toy Spaniel Maltese, Dachshund, Boston Terrier are all smaller doges that require less attention.

Small Breeds with high energy will often require a lot of attention some of these breeds include Pug, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, Papillon, Welsh Corgi, Jack Russell Terrier, German Spitz, Yorkshire Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer

Large/Medium Breeds with lower energy may require a little less attention than some other large to medium sized breeds.  Some lower energy dogs include Mastiff, Great Dane, St. Bernard, Old English Sheepdog, English Bulldog, Bassett Hound, Newfoundland

Large/Medium Breeds with high energy generally require a lot of attention these breeds include but are not limited to Weimaraner, Dalmatian, Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Greyhound, Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Beagle, German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniel, and Boxers

Tall or small, rough or smooth, mutt or pedigree, a dog will stand by you to the very end. Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding pleasures in life. Enjoy!

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Lexi Rutter
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Lexi Rutter writes about dogs out of love for the animal.  For more information about dogs visit: Calming Dog

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