AnimalShelter.org Advice on dogs
Now that you've thought out your decision to adopt a dog, and are dedicated to becoming a responsible dog owner the big question is : What kind of dog should I get?
In order to find out what type of dog is best for you, you need to think about what you expect from a dog.
Do you want a jogging partner? Higher energy breeds, such as herding dogs, or working dogs are ideal exercise partners. They do require a lot of exercise, so if you aren't prepared to spend several hours a day exercising with your dog, maybe these types aren't for you.
Do you want a dog who's content to snuggle on the couch? Some hunting breeds, such as Basset Hounds, are content with shorter periods of exercise, or a good walk twice daily.
Do you want a dog that you don't have to bend down to pet?
Do you want a dog that you can lift onto your lap, or cuddle in your arms while standing?
Once you've decided on size and energy, it's time to look at other factors.
Are there children in your home?
A breed known for tolerance in children might be a good idea.
Although any dog can be trained to be a family pet, some are more known for tolerance to the things children do (ie: screaming, running around, jumping). Never bring a dog into your home until you have taught your children how to behave with animals. No animal should have to put up with a child's abuse.
Are you ready to deal with all the problems, training, and time consuming tasks of a puppy?
Puppies take a lot time, both in training, and in proper exercise. Young puppies need to be walked many times a day, they need to be constantly socialized, and they need a veterinary care. Are you ready for that? What about an older puppy; not quite a mature adult, but older than 12 weeks?
Many shelters and rescues have both purebred and mixed breed dogs in this age.
How about a fully grown adult dog?
The puppy exuberance and hyperactivity is no more, and you have a fully mature dog on your hands. One of the many benefits to skipping the puppy stage is starting off with a dog who may have already had training, likely knows the commands, and is most definitely ready to learn more.
You can also click here to view some of the commonly recognized breeds to help you narrow down the choices. Just remember, the breed information does not dictate your dogs temperate each dog will have its own personality, you should always spend a good amount of time with a dog before making a decision to bring him home as part of your family.