How much is that doggy in the window?

Since I’m a dog walker, people frequently ask me what dog I would choose if I were picking one.  That’s a difficult question to answer because it really depends on what you want.   While no breed is perfect, choosing a dog that will fit in with your lifestyle may take some thought and research. Do you want a high-energy dog that requires a daily workout or a lap dog that’s happy to have a 15-minute walk?

Once you’ve settled on a particular breed, talk to everyone you know with that dog. If you see one on the street, don’t be shy about asking its owner about the dog’s characteristics, health problems and quirks.  We all have them.

One expert has classified dogs according to:

  • sociability with family members, children and strangers
  • energy level: how much exercise does the dog need
  • emotional stability
  • level of dominance over people or other dogs
  • watch dog or guard dog qualities
  • breed-specific health issues
While not exhaustive, this list may provide a helpful overview.  Above all, do your homework.  Choosing a life-long pet should never be an impulse decision.  And remember, you don’t have to find the perfect dog, just the perfect dog for you.

About Cambridge Canines Pet Sitting Service

I'm a Cambridge resident who has written about feline behavior and body language for WebMD and Catnip, the Tufts Veterinary School newsletter. In a parallel universe, I also write about healthcare and have won awards for news reporting. A passion for animals led me to start my own pet sitting business in 2004. While the information in my posts has been researched, it is not intended to replace professional consultation, diagnosis, or treatment by a licensed veterinarian. If you require any veterinary-related advice, contact your veterinarian promptly.
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