Which breed is right for me?

Every dog is unique in its own way. Each carries their own personality and individual mannerisms, likes, dislikes, and more. However, certain breeds are likely to be better for your lifestyle, both for yourself and the dog. You may be looking for a lazy cuddle buddy. You may be looking for a running partner. No matter what it is you are looking for, this article will help you determine which breed is right for you, bringing you one step closer to your perfect companion.

Active Lifestyle –  Border Collie

border collie on beach

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If you already engage in an active lifestyle, getting a dog that needs exercise is a great choice. Running or walking with your dog can be a fun way to bring some exciting change to your familiar routine. On the other hand, if you are looking for motivation to work out more and live a healthier lifestyle, getting a dog with the need for physical activity can be a way to kick-start yourself. There are many benefits to being active with your dog, not only for yourself. Dogs that are active tend to be more well-behaved, less destructive, and less stressed. Border Collies are used to working and being on the go, along with being a highly-intelligent breed. These traits make the Border Collie a fantastic choice for anyone that lives an active lifestyle.

Relaxing and Family Life – English Bulldog

lazy english bulldog resting

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On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you may be looking for a dog to just be a couch potato with. While all dogs need at least some exercise, there are certainly some that enjoy the lazy lifestyle. The English Bulldog seems to be the standard for lovably lazy dogs, and there are good reasons for it. Needing minimal activity, these wrinkly companions are happy to relax with you and your family. Aside from being a chill dog, English Bulldogs are known to be friendly and loving to those they come across. So much so that the UKC (United Kennel Club) has labeled bulldogs under their companion category. This means that they will be affectionate to not only you but friends and family. Along with this, they will not harass or overwhelm anybody, making them a safe pet around anyone, even children.

Social – Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

If you are looking for a friendly dog that is good around people, the Labrador Retriever is a fantastic choice. They are not only comfortable around people, they love being social. Whether you have frequent guests or you love to go out and socialize at various locations, your Labrador will be happy to tag along and socialize with you. These dogs also require a good amount of exercise and are very energetic. This means that they are likely able to go out with you throughout the whole day.

However, if left alone or not given enough exercise, Labradors have the capability to become destructive, usually with excessive chewing. Despite this, Labrador Retrievers continue to be the most popular dogs in the United States, given that if they are socialized and trained well they are a fantastic breed. If you live a social lifestyle and are looking for a clingy pet that will always be by your side, the Labrador Retriever may be the best breed for you.

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As you can see, there are a variety of breeds to choose from to fit individual lifestyles. Even within these categories, there are still multiple breeds to choose from. No matter where you live or how you live your life, there is a dog out there that would love to be a part of your family.