There’s more to getting a dog than what you think. Being a pawrent is a huge responsibility. Some dogs are rowdier than others, some are better with kids, a certain breed is pretty much low maintenance, while others need lots of attention. To ensure that your fur-relationship goes as smoothly as possible, choose a breed that best fits your personality and lifestyle. The Kennel Club has categorized them into seven:

Utility
Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Schnauzers, SharPeis, Poodles, Boston Terriers, Chow-Chows, Poodles

Personality and Lifestyle Match:
Extroverts and Conscientious
Utility dogs are the right fit for people who are warm and open to others, and at the same time, responsible and self-disciplined. 


Working
Dobermans
Personality and Lifestyle Match: Agreeable and Open
They are highly people dogs and love being in the company of their pawrents. So perfect personality matches are people who are also as inclusive and caring. 


Gun Dogs
Labradors and Golden Retrievers

Personality and Lifestyle Match: 
Agreeable
These canines are most comfortable around people who are pleasant to be around, and are generally concerned for others. 


Pastoral
German Shepherds and Collies
Personality and Lifestyle Match: Extroverts
These dogs get along with pet parents who are the life of the party, are open to people and outgoing. 


Toy
Chihuaha, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, Yorkies

Personality and Lifestyle Match: 
Agreeable and Open
Toy dogs are perfect for people who are easy to get along with, are sensitive to other’s feelings and are sympathetic. They are amenable to trying out new things and are more open-minded.


Hounds
Greyhound, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Beagles, Dachshunds, Whippets
Personality and Lifestyle Match: Emotionally stable
These pups get along well with hoomins who are relaxed, calm, and do well under pressure. 


Terriers
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
 
Personality and Lifestyle Match: 
Agreeable and Open
Terrier parents must be must be able to tolerate high energy. They’re also friendly and are game for new experiences. 


This is just a general guide to the personality profile a type of dog you might mix well with. There are still many things to take into consideration when getting a dog. Are you out of the house often? Perhaps a low-energy dog who is okay with being alone is your best bet. Are you energetic, sporty, highly active and have a sizable yard? Then you might enjoy an equally active dog that needs to be taken out on a run regularly. 

What is your purpose for getting a dog? If it’s too keep watch over your house, then choose a fierce canine. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy and someone to get clingy over, a lap dog might suit you best. 

Whatever you choose, keep in mind that owning a pet isn’t all about how Fido meets your needs but also how you can bring happiness into his life. To make sure that you’re both happy, take time to consider all your options. Study the different breeds to learn about their temperaments. Sit down with a local vet and discuss options. Owning a pet is a serious responsibility. Make sure you can stand by a decision by making an educated one.

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