How to choose the right dog

How to choose the right dog for you

Learning how to choose the right dog for you is the most important part of getting a dog.

Your lifestyle and the way how you and your family like to spend time is important when it comes to choosing the right breed.

Before you make any decision think about a few factors:

  • How big is your home? Is it a house or apartment? Is it in the city or somewhere in the country?
  • Are you ready to put extra effort and money into grooming? 
  • Do you have already other pets?
  • What about small children?

All the above questions are important. A small apartment with a very energetic or big dog can become really crowded. What about hair on the floor, muddy paws and chewed shoes? 

Do you have time to daily brush tangled hair, or go for a walk, even if it rains? A big dog can knock small children, and some of them can use your can as a favourite toy to chase.

The dog you choose will be a member of your family for another 12-16 years. 

The dog will need your time, love and commitment, but it will also add extra duties to your daily life and you will spend extra money.  


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How to choose the right dog – Infographic

Please have a look at the below infographic. It will help you choose a dog based on three criteria: how easy the dog will learn, how energetic it will be and how much grooming it will need.

How to choose the right dog - Infographic

Where to buy a dog

If you are after a pedigree dog then find a breeder. You can visit a few of them, ask questions and see puppies. Even really small puppies have their own personalities. Some are inquisitive and others are shy.

How to choose the right dog - puppies are cute, but require a lot of patience
How to choose the right dog – puppies are cute, but require a lot of patience

You can also visit the local rescue centre. They have mature dogs, but also puppies or really young dogs. Always ask about their history. Note that even they are rescue dogs not all of them had a traumatic experience.

Some do and they will often require special care and attention. 

Never buy dogs from a puppy farm. 

How to choose the right dog if there are so many
How to choose the right dog if there are so many

Different dog breeds

There are so many dog breeds and every dog is different so let’s check them all out!

Working dogs

Working dogs are hardworking and very intelligent. They are bred for stamina and strength. They also work as guard or rescue dogs and round up stock. 

Working dogs
Working dogs

Generally, dogs from this group are large. Border Collies belong to this group are not very big, but they are known for their agility and intelligence.

Many working dogs are known as excellent human companions. They are also easy to train.

How my day will look like if I choose a working dog?

On an average day, in the morning and afternoon, you will take your dog for at least 20 minutes run. If you don’t, believe me, you regret it. Capri, our border collie mix, is so energetic that if she does not go for a walk (it is not a walk – she is running around chasing a ball), she would approach our desk asking us to play. She will not give up touching me with her nose until we play for a bit.

The good thing about selecting a working dog is that they like to be active which means you have to be active too, and this is good for your health

However, if you have any health condition, you cannot walk fast, or you simply do not have time or space to go and have some fun this type of dog is not for you.

Companion Dogs

Companion Dogs
Companion Dogs

Companion dogs are very often small breeds.  Selective breeding over centuries had no real use except for an appeal. A good example here will be flat faces and large eyes in Pug or Pekingese. 

In the past companion dogs were a symbol of class, now they are popular with all groups of people. One thing does not change – they are mostly chosen for the looks.

How my day will look like if I choose a companion dog?

Spitz Dogs

Spitz Dogs
Spitz Dogs

Spitz dogs are used for many activities like hunting, guarding and herding. This group is descent from wolves. Look at their head colouring and shape. 

Generally, they have a very thick double coat and generously furred feet. We can’t forget about the characteristic spitz tail curled over the back. Dogs from this group were bred for cold climates. For example, Husky is used for sled pulling in the coldest regions of the world.

How my day will look like if I choose a spitz dog?



Prepare yourself for a challenge. Terriers have boundless energy and they also love to dig and make tunnels. In the past, they were smaller in size tough hunters often used to hunt underground. Terriers are quick and fireless often standing the ground against the bigger dog.

How my day will look like if I choose a terrier?



Hunds dogs have an amazing sense of smell. They were bred to track prey by smell, not eyes. Hunds can be small like a dachshund or middle size as a Finnish hound. 

They all can hunt in a pack, have strong bodies and have long droopy ears. Hunds are not ideal house pets, they are noisy, then follow the scent commands will be rarely obeyed.

How my day will look like if I choose a hund dog?



Gundogs are designed for hunters. Some of them were bred to be retrievers, others to locate prey. There were also types to make a noise and scare prey out of its cover. Gundogs are great as human companions, they love kids and have a kind nature.

How my day will look like if I choose a gundog?

I hope this quick summary will help you to know how to choose the right dog for you.


Brain Training for Dogs

Brain Training for Dogs was developed by CPDT-KA certified dog trainer Adrianne Farricelli. CPDT-KA stands for Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed.

Adrienne lives in Arizona with her husband and two amazing Rottweilers and she is passionate about dogs. She was featured in USA Today and Every Dog magazine and also contributed to eHow and All Experts.

Her Brain Training for Dogs program helped thousands of struggling dog owners all over the world.

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