Choosing the Right Dog for Your Lifestyle

Choosing the Right Dog for Your Lifestyle

There are so many breeds and temperaments of dogs, it’s easy to choose a dog to fit perfectly into your lifestyle. Energy levels and the need for exercise vary greatly between dogs. If you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, consider what you do on a daily basis before heading to the shelter. If you’ve got a few hours (at least) to set aside daily and think you can offer a good home for a dog, all you have to do is find the right breed for you and your family!

Maybe you’re a busy person with a demanding career and an active lifestyle. You don’t spend much time at home during the day and don’t always have a lot of free time. A lower-energy dog with less of a need for rigorous exercise every day would most likely be a good fit for you. Some of these low-energy breeds of various sizes include Greyhounds, Basset Hounds, Bull Mastiffs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bulldogs, Great Danes, and Chow Chows (AKC). These dogs are known to be gentle and friendly, and especially good with children due to their calm nature. Remember, even if you spend a lot of time outside of your home, your dog still needs attention, affection, and exercise every day, so make sure you do have time in your daily schedule to dedicate to him before adopting.


If you are a person who works from home or you enjoy a highly active lifestyle, there are lots of breeds that might suit you perfectly! German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Pit Bulls are known to be very energetic and need a lot of daily exertion. These dogs are also highly protective of their owners, and make excellent companions for safe running, hiking, and walking. Small dogs like Beagles, Border Collies, Setters, Poodles, Jack Russel Terriers, Miniature Pinschers, Shih Tzus, and Chihuahuas are great choices for active families with children. Similarly, the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever are known to be playful dogs with gentle temperaments and strong loyalty.


Ultimately, heading to the shelter and meeting the dogs is the best way to know which one is right for you. If you think you have time to dedicate to caring for a dog, do a little research and figure out what breed is right for you. Chances are, there will be a perfect dog waiting there for you!