Adopting A Dog-- Which Dog Is Right For You?
When given the right care and affection, every dog is a good friend and the time and investment on them will be repaid several folds over. Because of our strong attachment to dogs, it is not enough to have just another dog. But we want that special dog.
Since dogs change our lifestyle and will stay with us for a long while, it is best to have a list of dog traits that will best compliment our personality because when adopting a dog, love at first sight may not be the best course of action.
Before going out to find a dog for adoption, consider a list of characteristics that you would want in a dog. Dog breeds have traits and characteristics different from other dogs although remember that even a purebred will display characteristics entirely their own and which will only be recognized later as the pup is growing up.
Whether the choice is to go for the pure or the mixed bred, find a dog that matches your energy level, one that approximates your characteristic or one with the trait that you value most. Consider the one dog type that will generally match yours and your family.
Love-- All dogs love, but some dogs have the tendency to display their affection better than others do.
Gregariousness-- There are dogs that are extra sociable that they are best suited for walks outside of the house.
Friendly Dogs - in general are friendly except sometimes with other dogs. There are dog breeds however that are more patient and do not get easily threatened by other dogs making them ideal for walks, hunting and the outdoors.
Fiercely loyal-- This dog characteristic is best for people who need the calming assurance of loyalty around them.
Playful-- Playful dogs are for people who want excitement and fun. Retrievers and boxers are fine examples of very playful animals. Playful dogs should be on the top of your list if you do not mind a lot of running around and tail wagging.
Athletic Dogs- These are almost similar in temperament to playful dogs although they are bred to be sturdier but not necessarily be as playful.
Docile Dogs - These are typically obedient dogs.
Quiet Dogs - are dog breeds that rarely bark and are good for people who live in places and apartments where noise has to be kept low.
While these traits or at least a good mix of them are found in most dogs, the characteristics are dominant to particular breeds. Good sources for profiling a dog are pet shops, shelters, and the internet. When adopting a dog, make sure it fits your lifestyle and your personality.