Choosing the Right Dog Breed for You
There are so many breeds of dogs available – how do you go about choosing the breed that is right for you? This is something that you need to think about before getting a dog for your family, or you might be surprised with a dog whose temperament just does not work with yours!
How much time will you have to exercise and play with your dog? Do you live in a small apartment? Are there size restrictions on dogs allowed in your rental? Do you have small children? Do you want a laid-back dog, or a bouncy, energetic one?
After you have thought about the qualities that you would like in a dog, it’s time to do some research on the dog breeds that might be best for you. The American Kennel Club’s website has a directory of dog breeds, and they are classified by group. The site describes the general characteristics of the group, as well as information about each breed.
Here is their description of the Toy Group:
The diminutive size and winsome expressions of Toy dogs illustrate the main function of this Group: to embody sheer delight. Don’t let their tiny stature fool you, though – - many Toys are tough as nails. If you haven’t yet experienced the barking of an angry Chihuahua, for example, well, just wait. Toy dogs will always be popular with city dwellers and people without much living space. They make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights. (Incidentally, small breeds may be found in every Group, not just the Toy Group. We advise everyone to seriously consider getting a small breed, when appropriate, if for no other reason than to minimize some of the problems inherent in canines such as shedding, creating messes and cost of care. And training aside, it’s still easier to control a ten-pound dog than it is one ten times that size.)
And here are the links for all the groups:
Beauceron, Plott, Redbone Coonhound, and Tibetan Mastiff are in the Miscellaneous Class.
So, do your research, and find yourself a wonderful match!