Choosing the right dog breed for you and your family can be a big task. Assuming you know where to start when choosing the right dog breed for you and your family in the first place.
Assess your home and family. You must start from the very beginning when choosing the right dog breed for you and your family, and looking at your own home is as good a place as any to start.
Do you want a gentle family pet?
Would you be willing to go to a shelter?
Do you want a playful breed or a more sedate one?
Pair this information up with the answers to your first question and you can then begin to look at breeds.
You do not need to go to many different resources until you have basic information on a couple of breeds you may have been thinking about.
Then you can look into the breeds in depth but get a good idea of where you are going when choosing the right dog breed for you and your family.
There are several things that you need to consider before you even think of getting a dog.
While it is wonderful to involve children in caring for a pet, it is unlikely and unfair to expect a child to make such a commitment.
Dogs don't "need" another canine companion.
And, if you don't have enough time for one dog, you won't have time for two!
If you feel sorry for the dog, didn't plan on stopping at the pet store or simply couldn't resist, you may be off to a bad start.
Here we have added a few types of dog groups,to act as a sort of a guide when looking for the right type of dog.
The Pastoral Group - This includes the herding dogs, bred to help man control and look after stock.
Examples - German shepherd
The Gundog Group - Originally bred to find and retrieve game, this group includes the retrievers, setters and spaniels.
Examples - Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever
The Terrier Group - These dogs were originally bred to do a job that normally involved killing.
When a dog is down a hole he has to make his own decisions, not wait to be told.
Examples - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier
The Toy Dog Group - Most dogs in this group were bred to be companions or lap dogs.
Examples - Yorkshire Terrier
The Working Group - Many of these dogs were originally bred to guard and search, perhaps developed to protect man or livestock.
Examples - Boxer, Rottweiler, Doberman
The Hound Group - This includes the dogs who hunt by sight and those who use their sense of smell.
Examples - English Foxhound
The Utility Group - These are breeds that do not fit into any of the other categories.
Not all dogs are officially recognised by the Kennel Club.
Their appearance can vary, and this includes size, coat texture, shape and temperament.
They often referred to as 'Border Collies' they are likely to have strong working instincts, and be energetic and active, requiring a great deal of exercise.
Traditionally bred by gypsies or poachers, with the aim of producing a dog with the speed of a Greyhound and the trainability of a Border Collie to catch and retrieve rabbits.
First Cross - This is a dog whose parents were both pedigrees, with no parentage, but of different breeds.
Mongrel - Technically, a mongrel is a dog of know parentage.
Think about it seriously before deciding to bring a puppy or a dog home.
By doing so, I'm sure you will get to enjoy and be rewarded many times over by the love, affection and good company that he or she will bring into your life.