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Q:I was wondering if you could help me figure out which kind of dog breed would be best for my family? One that is friendly and loyal. We have quite a lot of time, especially compared to other families, though not a breed that is particularly quite expensive (smaller or medium sized dog) We were considering a Cocker Spaniel, (but apparently they are quite expensive) and I know Jack Russels are extremely energetic and require lots of exercise.
I’d love to help! First thing’s first: don’t buy your dog from a pet store. They get the animals from puppy mills, treat them horribly, and sell them for an outrageous price. Spending your money there would be indirectly supporting puppy mills. If you’d like to go through a breeder, please make sure you check to see if the breeder credible or trustworthy. My suggestion is to get your dog through a breeder or a local animal shelter. The animal shelter will most likely charge less for dog adoptions than a breeder, so take that into consideration when you’re planning things out.
I have a few suggestions for picking out an appropriate breed for your family. There are several questions you can ask yourself and your family:
- Can we tolerate a dog that barks a lot? Both my dogs (two golden retrievers) rarely bark. The only time they bark is when they need to communicate with us about their needs (i.e. barking at the door to come back inside, or barking because there’s no water in their bowl). I have a friend who has a mini shepherd mix and has an awful time tolerating the amount of barking. From my experience, small dogs typically bark a lot.
- Do we have a fenced in back or front yard? If not, can we provide daily walks for exercise? Different breeds need different amounts of exercise, though I would suggest that you plan to give your dog a ton of exercise, regardless of the type of breed. Adequate exercise for any dog means good health and a long life. For instance, a bulldog (because of their unique physical conditions) needs structured exercise and diets.
- Can we tolerate shedding? My dogs shed a lot because they have long hair. We have to use lint rollers and vacuum pretty frequently. Short-haired dogs will shed less hair. Take this into consideration when selecting a breed.
- Can we afford healthy dog food? I’m an avid supporter of organic, gluten-free and non-GMO food for dogs. I would recommend feeding your dog this type of dog food, as it will keep your dog extremely healthy and also prolong his or her life. However, because this type of food is relatively expensive, many people may not be able to afford it. If you can’t afford this type of diet, I’d recommend buying regular (non-organic) dry food and supplementing that with organic treats. Also, some dogs have preferences for wet food. Wet food is more expensive than dry food, so that can become an issue for many dog-owners. I’ve experienced with my dogs that they LOVE olive oil! If you can’t afford buying wet food, you can buy a huge bottle of extra-virgin olive oil and mix a tablespoon or two in with your dog’s dry food. They’ll most likely love it, and it’s a really healthy option for them. It’ll also last pretty long.
- Can we devote time to training? If you get a puppy or a young dog that hasn’t been properly trained yet, this is a good question to ask. Training takes time and patience. You stated that your family has a decent amount of time available, so this probably won’t be an issue for you.
- Is anyone in your family allergic to dogs? If anyone is, this may isolate your dog which will make him or her behave badly in order to get attention. Not being able to go near the dog because of an allergy will make the dog feel isolated. Isolation leads to many mental health issues.
I’d say that most dogs are friendly and loyal if you treat them right. I also think it’s difficult to find a dog that doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Most dog breed facts will state that they need an adequate amount of exercise. The English Cocker Spaniel seems like a good breed for your family. They do require exercise, and I’m not entirely sure how expensive they are with a breeder. Any dog you get at a pet store will be well over $1,000 (U.S.). I’ve been noticing that those prices are increasing. I found this dog breed selector to find you a few breed ideas. I selected that you were looking for small-medium, extremely friendly, good with children, and moderately active dog. Here’s what came up: http://www.petwave.com/Dog-Breed-Selector.aspx?sz=size_small,size_medium&al=activity_occasional_walks&gwc=children_yes&gr=grooming_medium&pr=personality_friendly&tr=train_fairly_easy
I hope this helps!
Does your dog chase his tail over and over? Does he lick himself incessantly? Does he bark madly over nothing? He could have a compulsive disorder.