Getting a dog, or any pet for that matter, is a big responsibility. You simply do not adopt one because you feel like having an animal companion at a spur of a moment.
Aside from ensuring that you provide a good home, the proper feed and medications (if ever,) a dog would also need one or more forms of training. In other words, a canine pet would be with you on an almost 24/7 basis and would demand a lot of your attention and time.
This is the reason why it is imperative that you match your personality and your current lifestyle with a dog of the same (or almost the same) temperament. Otherwise, the two of you will have a constant battle of wills which may end up on a very sour note indeed.
Unfortunately, the dog can not return you to your breeder or give you away when your relationship fails.
This is where a dog breed selector comes into play. A dog breed selector can come in many forms. There are software applications, downloadable manuals, and even small booklets. The main purpose of the selector is to find out which breed of canine companion would suit your current lifestyle.
Most selectors usually begin with a series of questions about what you would want for a pet. Examples of these questions are:
1. Would you want a tiny, small, medium, large or giant dog? Although many people do not really care for the size of the dog, some homes would benefit more with pets of a specific height or weight.
For example: a pet dog that will be trained to be with larger ranch animals should be at least medium sized. Or for homes where there are extremely young children about, tiny and vociferous toy breed dogs may not be suitable companions.
2. Would you prefer a dynamo or a placid pet companion… or something in between? Some dogs are inherently energetic and would require many forms of entertainment, training or exercise; or else, your pets may become destructive.
On the other hand, there are other dog breeds that would be very comfortable just watching the world go by, without so much as a whimper. There are also some breeds that can be trained to be hunting partners during the day but gentle house companions at night.
Your dog’s energy level should match the lifestyle you have now. If you are thinking about getting an energetic dog to encourage you to jog or brisk walk in the morning, then you may be biting off more than you can chew.
Try to take careful account of your day to day activity and try to judge what you is your energy level and start from there.
A note to consider, though: many people think that the larger the pet, the greater its energy level is. The opposite is true actually. Small and tiny dogs have the most energy levels in all dog breeds, and many of these have overflowing personalities as well.
Without the proper guidance, these dynamos can become too much of a handful. Large dogs and the giant breeds are relatively more placid.