Choosing the Right Breed of Dog for Your Family

Island Animal Hospital of Venice knows that a pet becomes a real part of the family and that any trouble with a pet can affect the whole family. That’s why it’s important to pick the right breed for your family. Here are some things to consider when looking at breeds for a new addition to your home.

  • How much exercise can I give my pet? If you have lots of free time and space (or live close to a dog park) you can more easily accommodate a dog that requires a lot of exercise. Typically, working dogs like Border Collies and Blue Heelers and hunting dogs like Labradors will need plenty of exercise on a daily basis.
  • How much grooming do I want to give my dog? Some dogs seem to repel dirt, while others seem to attract it. Long curly hair will need to be brushed often, while short flat coats will hardly need more than an occasional shampooing. Grooming can also mean extra costs if you have a dog that needs professional grooming, like a Schnauzer who needs clipping.
  • Do you have allergies? Some dogs are hypoallergenic and are great choices for allergy sufferers. Poodles and Schnauzers are two of this type.
  • Do you have experience training dogs? If you do have experience training dog you might be able to handle a more dominant breed, like a Husky, but if you do not, you might want to stick with an easily trainable dog, like a Poodle who lives to please

There are lots of convenient search engines to help you choose the right breed for your family. IF you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office.