There are many different breeds of dogs, each with their own individual quirks and foibles. Indeed, the American Kennel Club (known as the AKC) recognizes other 150 different dog breeds.
Dog breeds are basically used to group together dogs that have similar characteristics. This includes the size of the dogs, their type of coat and color, and the dog behavior traits.
It’s important you consider all these factors when choosing a dog breed. You want to make sure that you select a breed that fits your own needs. This can include things such as:
- The amount of time your dog will be in the house alone.
- How much time you have to dedicate to exercising your dog.
- How big a house you have. Obviously, most smaller dogs are more suited to apartment living than bigger dogs.
- Whether you have children and if so, what age they are.
- How much time (and money) you’re prepared to spend on grooming your dog.
- Your budget – larger dogs tend to be more expensive than smaller dogs. This isn’t just because they eat more (although that’s true). They also tend to cost more in terms of vet fees too.