1- Age and Activity of Children in the Household
Toddlers are really playful and most of the time they cannot control their behavior towards the things that they are fond of. Small, cute toy dogs are like “stuffed toys” in children’s eyes and they most likely cannot contain themselves but to pinch, squeeze and hug the small pets.
Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, Maltese, etc. these type of dogs are not recommended for small children because they can accidentally hurt the puppies when they are being affectionate or even step on them without any intention of doing so. Large dogs with tame personality like retrievers are more appropriate.
2- Dog Performance
If you’re looking for a watchdog that can serve as an alarm and terrify a burglar, it does not have to be a large breed since small puppies like Terriers can bark as loud and noisy as big dogs can.
But if you need dogs that can protect you physically, you can go for a Rottweiler or German shepherd although these are not advisable when you have small kids at home.
3- Timing and Maintenance
Puppies are like babies too, they need love, care and enough time to be pampered. So, if you are a busy person with children at home, it is more appropriate to get an adult dog which you can leave at the backyard without worrying what they are doing.
Most puppies and some large breed dogs are quite sensitive and require more supervision especially toy dogs. Siberian husky needs a cool temperature and Labrador retriever should be trained more often, so these breeds are high-maintenance dogs.
Some dogs can entertain themselves and keep them busy for hours like terriers. Lazy dogs such as Chow Chow, French Bulldogs and Chihuahua does not require time for activities because the enjoy being couch-potatoes.
4- Exercise Requirements
One of the things you need to consider in determining the right breed is his personality as an adult dog. Puppies are energetic and active, but once he reaches adulthood, his level of activity should match with your personality and lifestyle.
If you like to spend a lot of time indoors, on the couch, watching Tv or reading a book, you need to pick a puppy that will also enjoy the same lifestyle. On the other hand, if you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a dog that shares the same level of energy as you, consider getting a sporting breed.
They have an unlimited amount of energy and will be more than happy to go out with you hiking, jogging, or spending time playing with your kids.
Don’t assume that a dog’s size directly reflects his activity levels. Most small breeds are very active and enjoy a lot of running around, while large, big breeds have moderate-to-low levels of activity and are more content laying on the sofa.
However, when it comes to your living situation, size can be a big influence in deciding which type of dog to have. If you live on the eighth floor apartment and plan on paper training your dog instead of dragging him eight floors down for his potty break, you are better off with a small breed.
Small-to-medium size dogs are also preferred for households with small children. It is easy for big dogs to accidentally knock down a small child during playtime or with a swipe of his tail.
If you prefer a big breed, you also need to keep in mind that they generally shed more, eat more, and potentially cost more in medical expenses (medications are usually prescribed according to size and weight).
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