Getting your first dog is always an exciting event! It’s so easy to fall in love with those puppy dog eyes and little wagging tails.
But before you bring home the first adorable pup that you see, it’s best to consider your lifestyle and what kind of dog would fit best with it.
Find out which dogs would suit your lifestyle below!
Are you a fitness buff? Do you like to spend your weekends out in nature, hiking, swimming, or taking a jog?
Instead of choosing an adorable Pug or Bulldog who would prefer to watch you from the sofa, go for a dog breed that will be right alongside you enjoying the active lifestyle!
Breeds that were bred as working and hunting dogs will love some outdoorsy action and appreciate the fact that they’re getting a good bit of exercise too.
If this sounds like the lifestyle you live, consider these high-energy breeds:
Remember, you’ll also need to consider your home and your family and decide if a small, medium, or large breed would be the best type for you!
If you’re the jet-setting type who enjoys a good adventure, imagine being able to take your pup along with you for the ride!
Some dogs are a little more difficult to take along with you for a road trip, and a downright mission to try and take on an international trip!
Travel junkie would be perfectly matched with a smallish breed. Remember, if you’re going to be traveling with your pet, make sure they have all the necessary travel and safety accessories!
Travelers, consider these smaller, spritely breeds:
- Fox Terriers
- Yorkshire Terriers
Chilled Out Lifestyle
Those who prefer a relaxed lifestyle and spend more time sprawled on the sofa than doing sporty things, if you happen to choose a highly energetic dog, one of you is going to end up unhappy!
Do your research and make sure to choose a pooch that will be only too happy to lie next to you and chill!
Of course, that doesn’t mean these dogs don’t need exercise. They’re just happier with less of it than others dogs are.
If you’re looking for a chill buddy, consider these dog breeds:
- Basset Hounds
- Bulldogs (American, English, or French!)
- Bichon Frise
People who live alone may be looking for a dog for security reasons or simply as a companion. Figuring out which of these two (or possibly both) is your primary reason for wanting a dog will make a difference to what kind of pup would be best for you.
A large breed would be great as long as your home permits. Not only are they more intimidating if you’re looking for some security, they also make great cuddlers!
Consider these dogs if you live alone:
- German Shepherds
- Belgian Malinoise
Keep in mind that although they’d be great for security, none of these breeds are naturally aggressive! They may be a little larger than others, but they can be just as cuddly and loving while still being wary of strangers and alert.
Anxiety is a reality for many of us. Having a calming, loving companion by your side could be a huge help. The following dogs are known for being great therapy dogs and very sensitive to the needs and feelings of their humans:
- Italian Greyhounds
Choosing a dog based on your lifestyle (instead of their cuteness… No matter how tempting it is!) will ensure that you and your pup have plenty of opportunity to bond over something that you both already love!
What better way to have a life together?