Once you decide to bring a dog into your life, the first major decision is figuring out the right breed of dog for you. A dog breed selector quiz can help you determine the most suitable dog breed based on several factors including size, breed, temperament, activity level, age, and maintenance needs. By answering the questionnaire, you can narrow down the list of dog breeds that meet your specific needs and preferences. You can learn more details about them by browsing through the dog directory. If you’re having a hard time deciding between two or more breeds, you can compare them side by side through the breed comparison tool.
One of the best ways to determine which breed of dog to bring home is to learn the traits, personalities, and behaviour patterns of different dog breeds and see if they match your lifestyle.
I am a laid-back person—what is the best dog breed for me?
- Greyhound This may be the fastest domestic canine but it is also fond of lounging around in the home. It does not need a lot of exercises—a quick and vigorous session is enough for it to call it a day.
- Pug Fun, charming, and friendly, this little pooch does not like to exercise much due to its brachycephalic muzzle.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Affectionate and quiet, a light exertion daily is all it needs.
- Basset Hound Laid-back and slow-moving, this good-natured canine is content with mild exercise.
- Pekingese A cuddly toy dog, it likes walks at a relaxed pace and prefers to stay indoors.
I lead an active lifestyle—which one suits me?
It is no surprise that pooches from the Herding and Working Group make up the majority of the canines in this list. Such dogs are amongst the most active breeds in the canine universe and like to be given something to do. The following are the more popular representatives of their groups:
I am out all day most days of the week—which one is my match?
The best dog breeds for people who are out at work most of the time are those that are low energy, independent and happy to entertain themselves.
- Maltese It may seem like a playful companion, but it likes to rest on laps or sofas after you have taken it for its daily walk.
- Whippet Like the greyhound, the whippet is athletic and fast. It also loves lounging after getting its daily dose of moderate exercise.
- Shar Pei This is a low-energy pet originating from China and is known for being tolerant of solitude.
- Chihuahua It is tiny, fun, and gregarious, However, if you are away most for long hours, it could be paired with another Chihuahua to keep things on an even keel.
- French bulldog Frenchies are funny and wonderful companions that love staying indoors.
What about apartment dwellers?
- Shih-tzu Sweet and small, this canine is a rather low-energy pet that loves laps rather than outdoor romps.
- Bulldog It may tend to snore and drool, but it is not lacking in the love and cuddle department.
- Bichon frise It is an adaptable and amiable companion for children and other canines.
- Pug Its small size and indoor preference makes it an ideal apartment hound.
- Chinese crested Hairless or not, this dog is loving and devoted, and can be patient enough to stay indoors until you return.
Which ones are best for those with allergies?
No pet is 100 per cent hypoallergenic; however, there are dogs that produce less dander, which means there’s less allergic reactions in humans.
I am looking for my first dog—which one should it be?
How to find a dog breed that makes your first pet-owning experience a really good one? Look for breeds that are generally laid back in nature, such as:
- Labrador retriever
- Golden retriever
- Friendly dog crossbreeds (labradoodle, goldendoodle, and cockapoo)
I want a dog that does not bark much.
Here is a list of breeds have been known to be generally quiet:
- Afghan hound
- Shiba Inu
- French bulldog
- Basset hound
- Newfoundland dog
- Cavalier King Charles spaniel
- Saint Bernard
I have a cat, which dog breed should I go for?
Dog ownership is not always fun and games. It’s a big responsibility that requires a full commitment. This is why you also have to factor in your personality, lifestyle and current living condition when choosing a dog. There is a dog breed for everyone and the challenge is finding the right one for you. Knowing the traits and personalities of different dog breeds gets you closer to finding the perfect match.