You’ve decided it’s time to adopt your new best buddy to-be. Fur-tastic!
Shelters and breed rescues are full of delightful dogs waiting for their heroes to come along, and there’s no greater joy in the pet world than knowing that you saved a life.
Once you’ve made that decision, though, finding the right dog is so important!
Sadly, many pets are returned to shelters because their personalities and needs were a mismatch for the people who adopted them. We’re sure you would never let that happen when you adopt, so that’s why you’re doing your research now.
When it comes to adopting a new pet, think about your life, your routines, what you like to do, your energy levels, and what time you can devote to your new fur baby.
You’ll have a match made in heaven if you get it right!
So, what kind of dog breeds are a match for YOU? Let’s look at five personality types and dogs that fit them to give you a helping hand…
1. Relaxed: The Laid-Back Life
Let’s say you’re a homebody that loves a quiet life of Netflix binging with family, friends, or loved ones. You wouldn’t mind taking your pup out on a walk, but you’d probably pass on a hiking or jogging adventure.
If this sounds like you, perhaps a French Bulldog could be your perfect match!
Playful, smart, affectionate, and easy-going, these adaptable cuties were bred to be companion dogs, and that’s what they do best.
Frenchies, as they are affectionately known, are one of the most popular small dogs in the world. Some have even become film and TV stars. But the majority prefer the quiet life, lounging around their paw-rent’s home or snoring on their bed. Oh yes, that snore is quite famous – and lovable.
These chilled-out canines do well in any environment. City dwellers love them as they don’t need much room, don’t bark a lot, and don’t require much exercise. As long as they don’t spend too much time in the heat, they’re good to go.
They also do well with kids and other dogs if they’re a part of your pack.
So, what do you think? Is your next furry friend a Frenchie?
2. Energetic: The Sporty Type
What if you’re the opposite and more of an on-the-go type? Perhaps you’re into physical fitness and love the great outdoors, parks, and soaking up some sun.
If you want a dog that will keep up with your adventurous side, look no further than an American Labrador Retriever.
American Labs (or Field Labs) are bred to be sporting superstars. Taller and leaner with a hard, muscular body, these fearless fidos have oodles of energy and drive and never run out of gas.
They excel in field trials or game hunting and can’t wait to join you on ANY adventure.
American Labs will beg you to take them swimming, running, kayaking, hiking, four-wheeling, or more. Phew! You better be ready. These dogs will outrun even the fittest of us.
Is there an athletic American in your future?
3. Loving: The Affectionate Type
Do you love affection and snuggles? You don’t mind a few slobbery puppy kisses from a dog you love, but want a breed that never turns down a good cuddle.
Enter the amazing Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Beautiful, gentle, and graceful, they’re one of the ulti-mutt sweethearts for affection-seeking people. Oh, and their breed name is the coolest.
Be prepared to melt over their kind eyes and swoon over their flowing coats. You can groom and fuss over them to your heart’s content.
They’re also incredibly loving and affectionate, not to mention easily trainable and especially sociable with people of all ages. Outgoing and adaptable, you can take them anywhere, so long as they get to stay right by your side.
Ready for a Cavalier?
4. Outgoing: Social Butterflies
Are you a people person that hates being alone? Maybe you’re a social butterfly that loves mingling with new people and want a dog that would enjoy that, too.
If so, let’s talk about Poodles! This super sociable pup is longing to be your bestie.
Energetic, proud, and super smart with huge hearts, the Poodle can keep up with your busy life and thrives on stimulation. They also don’t mind being the center of attention.
Plus, training them is a breeze and their curly, low-allergen coat can be cut short or groomed to your taste – these dogs can look as spectacular as you.
Standard, miniature, or toy – choose the size that suits you best as one is not better than another. The American Kennel Club says that they’re a “companion for all reasons and seasons.”
So, is a Poodle your paw-fect social butterfly?
5. Independent: Solo Artists
What if you like being in your own little world, though? If you prefer keeping to yourself and just want a dog for some simple solo entertainment, we have your paw-fect match.
Go for a Greyhound!
With dog racing (thankfully) becoming a thing of the past, many of these retired speedsters need new homes.
But don’t be put off because they’re the world’s fastest dogs. Long walks, hikes, or a run around the backyard are all they need, then they’re ready to settle down.
Besides, this breed knows how to get comfy, so be prepared for a couch companion.
Noble, and affectionate with their owners, these well-mannered and quiet house dogs have independent spirits that will match yours. Their short, smooth coats are easy-peasy to maintain.
Are you ready to get into gear with a Greyhound?
Go Get 'Em!
There’s no doubt that certain dog breeds do better in specific households. We hope we’ve given you some great advice on five of them, but there are plenty of other breeds that can be a great fit besides the ones we mentioned.
If you need a place to start, check out Petfinder.com, they can help you find dog breeds in your area.
Our article on Tips for Pet Adoption has more cool info, too.
And don’t forget the mixed breeds that fill up a lot of shelters. If you’re not sure they’ll fit in, but your heart pulls you in that direction, most rescues let you foster dogs to test out the match.
No matter what type of pup you choose, there are dog breeds in rescues everywhere. Adoption is a great way to go!
Getting you both off on the right paw takes a bit of thought before taking the plunge, but be prepared for your heart to melt and your life to be richer. You’re saving a dog…and they might just be saving you, too!
Your fur-ever friend is out there…what are you waiting for?
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