Did you know that the most abandoned breed is the Labrador? When brought into the house, the dog is cute and playful, but by the time the owners understand that he is like a hyperactive child, the Labrador puppy becomes a dog with behavior problems.
Labradors are retriever dogs. That means that they require a lot of exercise, a minimum of 10 kilometers of walking or running daily. If you can’t give them that amount of exercise, you face behavioral problems and potential obesity in the future.
There are so many breeds to choose from, and picking the right one is crucial. Your best friend’s suggestion or a google search may lead you one way, but that may not be the right choice for you. Choosing the right dog can improve your quality of life, provide you joy and of course make you more responsible. A choice that is not ideal could mean a sick and sullen pet, many trips to the vet, frustration and self-doubt.
Here are four factors to consider when choosing the right breed for you.
- Do you want to buy or adopt?
If you want a pure breed, then you should buy your dog. If you are indifferent to the breed, then adoption would be a great choice, providing a destitute animal a safe and comfortable haven.
- What’s your living space like?
If you live in an independent house that has large living spaces, then a large dog would be an option. Apartment life means less space, and hence smaller dogs are a better choice. Putting a large dog in a small space would be like asking you to live out of 200 square feet! Cruel, don’t you think?
- How much time do you have?
Dogs may not talk, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have needs. The most important need for dogs is exercise. If you have enough time to run or walk with your dog, then invest in an active breed. If you enjoy relaxing on your couch, then choose a dog that will be healthy even if he is lounging with you. The amount of exercise a dog gets will determine his physical, emotional and mental well-being.
- What’s the climate like?
The St. Bernard and Husky breeds are from cold countries. They have naturally heavy coats that are like woolen sweaters and hence need exceedingly cold living conditions. Bringing them into tropical climates can be an enormously stressful experience for them. Similarly, every breed has its own specifications. Choose a breed that is closest to your own living conditions for peaceful and happy companionship.
Native Indian breeds like the Indian Pariah Dog or Caravan Hound could be an ideal choice as they are climate ready, street smart and are immune to most local infections and diseases.
Give some thought to choosing the right breed for you, and have a happy and healthy pet parenting experience!