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How to Choose a Dog Breed

Are you considering getting a four legged friend? Whether you’re a single person looking for some animal company or a family wanting to add an extra member, choosing a dog is an extremely exciting time! Once you choose a furry friend, you’ll enjoy many years of happiness together, which means that it is your responsibility to find the right match for your lifestyle.


At Kensington Veterinary Care, we understand the importance of selecting the right dog breed to suit your lifestyle and preferences. So here’s a guide to all the factors you need to consider, to help you navigate the process of choosing a dog breed and find the perfect pup for you. 

Assess Your Living Space 

The amount of space you have available is a crucial factor in choosing a dog breed, as many breeds need regular exercise which is helped by having access to a garden. If you live in a small apartment or home without a garden, a large, energetic breed such as a Boxer may not be best suited to you. If you do, however, have a large secure garden, a larger breed would be much more at home.  

Evaluate Your Time for Exercise

Different dog breeds have varying exercise requirements. Some breeds, like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds, are high-energy and require plenty of physical activity to stay happy and healthy such as multiple walks a day. If you lead a busier lifestyle with less time to fit in multiple dog walks, consider a calmer, more laid back dog like a Basset Hound or a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

Calmer dog breeds often only need one walk a day, which makes them much more suited to busier lives, or even people who live in places with limited space.

“Once you choose a furry friend, you’ll enjoy many years of happiness together”

Consider Your Family Dynamics

If you have children in the household, it’s essential to choose a dog breed known for its gentle and friendly temperament. It’s also important to consider the size of the dog that’s going to share your home with your children. Smaller dogs can be more fragile, which isn’t great if you have young children, who aren’t often the gentlest! On the other hand, choosing a dog breed which is too large, can also run the risk of knocking your little ones over. 

Generally, breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles are considered great choices for families with kids due to their playful and sociable nature, while also being adequately docile. 

Think About Travel Plans 

Do you enjoy travelling and want to bring your furry friend along on adventures? If so, consider a dog breed that is adaptable to different environments and enjoys travelling abroad. Smaller breeds like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers are often more portable and can accompany you on trips with ease compared to large dogs.

Factor in Financial Considerations

Owning a dog comes with financial responsibilities, including food, grooming, vaccinations, health checks and potential training expenses. While you always want your four legged friend to be in good health, some breeds are more at risk to specific health issues. For example, Dachshunds are at a higher risk for back injuries and spinal disk problems due to their long bodies.

Regular veterinary attention leads to higher medical costs, so make sure to research the typical expenses associated with the breed you’re considering to ensure it fits within your monthly budget.

When it comes to choosing a dog breed, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. It is important to understand that each pup has a personality of their own, but that they are also born with certain characteristics and instincts depending on their breed.   

Take into account all of the factors we’ve mentioned such as living space, travel and finances, but also think about your own personality too and how this will pair with your new dog. Are you a high energy person able to match the energy levels of your four-legged friend? Do you enjoy peace and quiet, or wouldn’t mind loud and proud dog barks? How do you feel about large amounts of dog hair around the house? 

By carefully considering these factors and doing thorough research before getting a dog, it is possible to find the perfect dog breed that will bring joy and companionship to your life for years to come.

At Kensington Veterinary Care, our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalised care and guidance to help you make the best decision for your family and your future furry friend. From dealing with new puppies to older dogs, our wide range of veterinary services can help support the health and happiness of your pet.

Choose a dog breed that fits your lifestyle, and embark on a journey filled with love, companionship, and countless cherished memories. Or if you already have a beloved companion – become a new client with us today!


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