Whether it’s an adoption or a purchase, welcoming a dog into your home is not a trivial act, especially when it’s your first pet. What do you need to know to choose your first dog? Is race of particular importance?
The reception of a dog at home is a real responsibility. It is important to determine the living conditions of the animal while ensuring that its needs are met.
How to choose the breed of your future dog?
For a first dog, it is recommended to turn to a breed that is easy to train.
Indeed, if the breed of a dog does not predict with certainty the character of a dog, it is still one of the main criteria of choice. Indeed its pedigree makes it possible to determine its size, its physical characteristics but also its capacities of adaptation and learning.
For a large or a small dog, several elements are also to be taken into consideration, especially with regard to your lifestyle:
- the place of residence: apartment or house, presence of an outdoor space
- the habits of the master: sports activities, sedentary daily life
- the professional profile: work from home, recurring trips, absence during the day
- the composition of the household: family, single person, seniors, other pets
Choosing your first dog also means finding out about its needs, such as the physical activities to practice, its diet, care and maintenance.
Even if education and the living environment play an essential role, each breed has its specificities, its character. For example, some are more suitable for families with children, others are more tolerant of calm.
Which dog to choose, for the first time?
Considering the above criteria, we can distinguish several dog breeds for “beginner “.
For a life not very active, even sedentary, it is recommended to choose a Maltese Bichon, a Cavalier King Charles or even a Toy Spaniel as your first dog. Like the pug, they can live in an apartment.
For a active personthe golden retriever, the Beauceron, the cocker or the boxer are dynamic breeds that require daily physical expenditure.
Particularly intelligent and sociable, the Labrador and the Australian Shepherd are suitable for families and people looking for ease of education.
Everything therefore depends on the way of life and the availability of each person to choose their first dog and take good care of it.
What is the difference between male and female?
To choose a first dog, the gender distinction may also constitute a selection criterion in its own right. As a general rule, the size of the male is more imposing than that of the female. In the event that the animal has an energetic temperament, the female is easier to control during walks.
For education sessions, there are no pre-established rules to differentiate a male or female dog. Both can also be calm, docile and attentive to the directives of their master.
Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to give you their advice on the breed of dog that will suit you best.