Christmas and New Year are the two most popular times of the year to buy a dog so if you are thinking of adding a new addition Perfect-Pets has some useful tips to help you choose the right dog for your family’s lifestyle and budget.
The Covid Effect
There have been many ups and downs in our lives due to Covid. Yet, if there is one thing we can say for certain it’s that Brits are a nation of pet lovers. It seems isolation and uncertainty drive us to seek out companionship and love. That’s why since the pandemic pet ownership in the UK and across the globe has soared to new heights.
One of the most popular pandemic pets to buy or adopt has been the dog, man’s best friend. Lovable and dependable many households appreciate a loyal dog but sometimes we forget just how much responsibility and expense comes with taking care of one.
Like us humans, dogs are individuals. The choice of breeds out there is more than enough to fit with the lifestyle and personality of just about any individual and or family.
Choosing the right breed of dog for your lifestyle
So, if you’ve been thinking about buying or adopting a dog, read on. Here you’ll find the top 5 international dog breeds, and the reasons for their enduring popularity. With the right commitment, you should be able to find one or more canine companions who will truly enhance your life and can fit in with your lifestyle and budget.
The Yorkshire Terrier is very easy to care for; so much so that some owners never quite get round to house training them. This is because their faeces are very small and easy to clean up; this can lead to owners letting their dogs get away with it. This is a terrible mistake, and will mean your Yorkie never becomes house trained.
Apart from that, the Yorkie is the perfect dog for people who live in apartments; they can be exercised in the home, are agile and clever, and like to do tricks for their families.
Grooming a Yorkshire Terrier takes quite a lot of dedication. For such small dogs, their coats are high maintenance, and can become matted or tangled very quickly. Overall, the Yorkshire Terrier is loved for its aesthetic nature and warm personality. In terms of affordability, these dogs are small and easy to take care of with an occasional visit to the dog boutique needed. So certainly, worth a look at for a family with children or a young single person in need of companionship.
The Beagle has been described as a “nose with feet”; you will always find a Beagle with its nose to the ground, even in the home. It literally follows its nose around, and is a very inquisitive animal. It likes to point out new things to its owners, thanks to its amazing sense of smell.
Beagles are outgoing and friendly dogs who like to be part of the family by being useful. They are, at their heart, still hounds, however; once they have a scent they will want to follow it. Be prepared to follow your Beagle to some strange places when you’re out and about.
A main part of caring for a Beagle is to try to keep him or her near enough to control, or at least order to heel. A fenced area at home is essential, as these dogs need space to explore, propelled by their noses.
Beagles are family-oriented dogs, who have a particular fondness for children. This may be because kids are small, as are the dogs themselves; it’s also likely that Beagles like to play with children because both like to have fun. It is important to remember that beagles are pack dogs who thrive on company, of any sort. You’ll need a home with space and the time to give to ensure your Beagle gets the love and attention he deserves.
The Labrador Retriever, usually known as the Lab, is consistently the most popular breed of dog in the UK, USA, and around the world. A medium to large size breed, the Lab has a short, silky coat, which comes in black, yellow, and chocolate.
The Lab is famous worldwide as one of the sweetest, good-natured dogs there is; this reputation is well deserved. Labrador Retrievers just love to please, whether that’s two or four legged animals. They are also intelligent dogs, and their desire to please makes them excellent trainers.
You’ll need to train your Lab properly, as these are working dogs who need to stay active, which means they need to be controllable. Some Labs are more boisterous than others, but all need physical and mental exercise.
Labrador Retrievers need human company, probably more than any other dog of similar size. They are perfect for families and will enjoy bonding with each member. If left alone for any length of time, your Lab will become distressed, meaning it will cry, yelp, bark and eventually start to chew anything it can get its jaws on. So, if you have a busy lifestyle with little time spent at home this is not the type of dog that will be content to be left idle.
Labs don’t take too long to groom, although they do shed quite a lot. They need brushing every day and you’ll need to be prepared to keep your home vacuumed and swept regularly. All in all, these dogs make great companions. If you are prepared to give them lots of love, they will return that love to you fourfold.