Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

It is important to know what to look for when choosing a breed of dog.  Some people who want to buy a dog choose a breed because some are more valuable than others.  Others choose a breed because they want them to be short haired or long haired or of a certain colour.  Making the right choice is crucial to a happy relationship with a dog.

Today, there are 70 million dogs in the United States, but the American Kennel Club only recognizes 143 breeds of dogs. Still, with these numbers, choosing a breed of dog  for the family can be very tedious.

Many pet shop owners will tell you that most people have a preconceived idea of what they want in a dog for whatever reason, and some of these attributes aren’t particular to any one breed.  In fact, many families end up with a dog of no particular breed, because these are often healthier and friendlier that dogs of recognized breeds.

Whether you want a dog of a particular size, with a particular shaped face or of a specific temperament, there are important factors that you must remember when choosing a breed of dog.

Here’s a list of the things that must be considered first:

1. The size of your house

Many people tend to forget this factor. The area of the house should be the major factor to consider when thinking about which breed to buy.  If you have a tiny house or apartment, you won’t have enough room for a large breed such as a German Shepherd, or a Doberman or indeed a small breed which is very lively.  If you must have a large dog in a small house, it would probably be best to get an older dog.

2. The children

If you have children, this can create other problems when choosing a breed of dog.  The children might have their hearts set on a specific breed, and won’t be pleased if you get your own choice and ignore theirs.  Very small and delicate dogs like Chihuahuas are not advisable, because they are rather frail and children can be rough when playing with or petting a dog, even if they don’t mean to be. Very large dogs of uncertain temperament are also not a good idea when there are children in the house.  Consider the number of children and their ages, when choosing a breed of dog.

3. The nature of your job

If you are out of the house for long periods, then a small dog would definitely be a better choice as they don’t need as much exercise as larger breeds.  However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t crave company, so try to get home from work at lunch time if you can, or ask a neighbour to call in.

If you lead a busy life, you won’t have much time to devote to grooming, so consider a dog that doesn’t need a great deal of grooming such as a Terriers. Most Terriers have short hair and they don’t need a lot of extra care in the hair department.

In a nutshell, when choosing a breed of dog, consider whether the dog  will fit with your household and lifestyle.  If you don’t much like walking don’t choose a dog which needs three long walks a day, and if you’re out all day and can’t get someone to visit your dog for a chat and to let him out for a few minutes, choose a cat!

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an ideal choice for those with a smaller house when choosing a breed of dog. To find out everything about the Bichon Frise, click here.


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