So you’re thinking about getting a dog or maybe even introducing another new dog to the family.
What’s the first thing you think about? Dog or bitch? Names? Collars or harnesses? Buy or adopt? Colours?
If you didn’t say BREED, you should reconsider your decision.
Before you think about anything else, you should really spend the time to consider what you would like from the dog as breed and genetic disposition MATTERS.
Don’t buy a Working Cocker from a farm and expect it to just lie on the sofa and cuddle all day. Don’t adopt an English Bulldog and plan to take it on walks in the countryside. Don’t get a German Shepherd and expect a Greyhound.
When considering which breed will be the best fit for you ask yourself how much time each day you‘ll spend with them, how much time they’ll need for training, how much exercise they’ll need, whether they’re vocal, how much they’ll need fed, hereditary health conditions, likelihood of behavioural traits like resource guarding, barrier frustration and herding, insurance costs and grooming requirements.
Once you’ve considered all of these factors should you be able to say which breed is the right breed for you. This list seems extensive, but the amount of people who get a particular breed and know nothing about what it’s like to live with one is shocking and only leads to dogs being sold on Gumtree or abandoned.
If you’re unsure which breed would be a good fit for you, let us know what you’re looking for and we’d be happy to give some of our recommendations, although we won’t recommend any particular breeders.