How to choose a DOG breed

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Dogs are one of the most popular animal friends of people throughout the world as they are known to be friendly, playful, lovable and loyal. A dog loves his or her owner deeply as is always happy to please. However, just like people, different dogs have different characteristics and while choosing a dog friend to take your home, it is essential to consider which dog with which characteristics would fit you best. Do your research and find out which dog breed fits your life style best as you will be having him/her as a part of a your family, a lifelong friend, and if s/he is unable to adapt him/herself to your life, your lifelong friend will really be unhappy. Below, we listed some of the dog breeds and their characteristics for you so it would be easier for you to choose a dog.


1. Pug:


Life span: 12 - 15 years

Origin: China

Pug is a small sized dog breed which is adorably cute with its playfulness. They are also known to be really docile and sociable. They love to interact with people and other animals. If its snoring would never disturb you, pug is an ideal flat friend.


2. Labrador Retriever


Life span: 10 - 12 years

Origin: Canada

Labrador Retriever is one of the most favorite dog breed choices for many  people around the world. Labrador is a medium sized dog breed and would need a bit more exercise than the small sized. They are known to be intelligent, very loyal and gentle.


3. Golden Retriever


Life span: 10 - 12 years

Origin: United Kingdom

Golden Retriever is another very famous dog breed throughout the world. They are medium sized and known to be very playful, kind, friendly and sociable. They will get on well with children and they are wonderful animal partners.


4. Doodle


Life span: 10 - 12 years

Origin: North America and Australia

Doodles are hybrid dogs which are a crossbred between poodles and another purebred dog breed. They were bred in an attempt to create more dog breeds with poodle`s non shedding quality. There are many different doodle kinds bred from different purebreds but in general they are very adaptable, playful, calm and they shed very little or none at all.


5. Border Collie


Life span: 10 - 17 years

Origin: United Kingdom

Border Collies are among the most intelligent dog breds. They can easily be trained to follow commands and they love to interact with people. They are also very alert and will react to everything around them, not missing even the smallest thing. If you are living in a small flat, Border Collies are not suitable for you and they need a large living area for they are very energetic.


6. Boston Terrier


Life span: 11 - 15 years

Origin: United States

Boston Terriers were bred in Boston, the United States. They used to help people as rattling dogs yet today they are chosen as good companions. If you would like to have a medium sized dog with low exercise needs the Boston Terrier is just for you. They are very lively, friendly and easy to train.


7. Boxer


Life span: 9 - 10 years

Origin: Germany

If you are looking for a guardian, a watch dog, Boxer is one of the best choices you can have. Boxers have a great deal affection towards their owners and they are very protective. Not to mention they were also very brave and alert. You can play with them for hours and they would never get tired of the game.


8. Collie


Life span: 12 - 14 years

Origin: Scotland

Collies became really popular after the well known, 90`s TV show Lessie. However, despite theit great characteristics, they are not the most preferred breed anymore. They are not indoor dogs at their long hair shedding would be a problem yet they are perfect watchdogs, very alert, protective and they are also very friendsly towards children and other animals. They are a large sized breed and easy to train.


9. Beagle


Life span: 12 - 15 years

Origin: England

Beagles are in the hound dogs class which are used to trail animals while hunting. Beagles are the most preferred dog when it comes to rabbit hunting but today they are also good companions. They are very gentle, friendly and amiable.


10. Bulldog (French and English)


French bulldog (left) and English bulldog (right)

Life span:

French Bulldog: 8 - 10 years

English Bulldog: 8 - 12 years

Origin: England - France

If you are looking for a dog that is playful yet not much energetic. Bulldogs are just for you. French or English, bulldogs are very friendly and get along well with strangers and other animals yet they might be shy when meeting other dogs. French and English bulldogs are just physically different are a majority of their characteristics are shared. French bulldogs are a bit more energetic than English bulldogs yet English bulldogs tend to be more playful than French bulldogs.


11. Dalmatian


Life span: 11 - 13 years

Origin: Yugoslavia

Dalmatian is perhaps the most popular dog breed in the world. They became very popular after Disney`s heart warming movie ``101 Dalmatians``. Dalmatians are known to be energetic dogs yet they do not require too much exercise. They are very friendly towards other animals, other dogsand strangers. Also a Dalmatian can be a very good watch dog as their sense of smell is very advanced and they are alert and protective.


12. Chihuahua


Life span: 15 - 20 years

Origin: Mexico

Chihuahua is a small sized dog bred which is very energetic. Yet since it is a small bred, you would not be disturbed by the amount of exercise it requires. It is ideal for apartments and shedding is not a big problem as it has very short hair. Yet Chihuahuas are not among the very playful breeds. They are somewhat playful however they will mostly prefer to be left home. Some like to bark and they are very alert and courageous.

There are many more dog breeds than the listed ones here yet these are the most popular ones among them. If you would like to buy a dog, you should first be concerned about if you would be able to look after him/her and can give him/her the attention s/he needs. Prefer adopting instead of buying and keep it in mind that you are adopting a life time friend.


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