Saturday, 8 August 2015

Which Dog Breed Is Best For Me?

I'm a husky kind of gal. That much is obvious, but huskies are not the right breed for everyone. So how are you suppose to know what the right breed for you is? I didn't technically know I was a husky person until I owned one. I had other dog breeds in the past, and even though I deeply love each one of my past pets, there just wasn't the same connection as I feel with my Sibes.

How do I know which dog breed is right for me?

The first thing you need to do, is take a good at your own lifestyle. 
Some questions you could ask yourself would be:
  1. Am I active?
  2. Am I a person who likes to be in the house, relaxing with a good movie?
  3. Do I enjoy spending time outdoors?
  4. Do I have a big yard?
  5. Do I have lots of extra time in my life?
I think that's a good set of questions to get you started.
Different breeds suit different lifestyles, it's just that simple. A Husky, for instance, enjoys spending time outdoors, they love to go for long walks, play in the snow, run around for... HOURS, and are incredibly playful, whereas, let's say... a Bulldog for example, is much more laid back, is happy with short walks, and quite content to relax on the couch, with no need for daily runs, or excessive exercise.

Which Dog Breed Is Best For Me?
"Time for a hike mom??"

I did a bit of research, and came up with 2 lists of dog breeds, to try and give you an idea of what the right breed could possibly be for you. 

List #1 - Most active breeds:

  1. Siberian Husky
  2. Pointer 
  3. Border Collie
  4. Dalmatian
  5. Shetland Sheep Dog
  6. Doberman Pinscher  
  7. Australian Cattle Dog
  8. Jack Russell Terrier
  9. Weimaraner 
  10. Bernese Mountain Dog

List #2 - Least active breeds:

  1. Bulldog
  2. Basset Hound
  3. Mastiff
  4. Bichon Frise 
  5. Greyhound
  6. Pug
  7. Great Dane
  8. Shih Tzu
  9. Chinese Crested 
  10. Pekingese
No matter what breed you decide on, be sure to do lots of research before jumping into a situation that may not be right for you. A huge reason so many pets end up in shelters, is due to the owner not realizing the needs of certain breeds. Doing your research can help prevent another dog from becoming a statistic in a shelter. Know your pets, know your breeds!

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The Sibe Tribe would love to know:

Are you an active outdoorsy type? Or do you prefer to stay indoors with a good movie?
Any tips to add? Please share in the comments!


  1. By nature I am an indoor with a movie type. It is one of the reasons I wanted more active dogs, to force me to get out and get moving. I do really love to walk but wouldn't necessarily just do it without a reason. Lee and Phod give me that reason. And when they have had enough exercise, they are curl up with a movie kind of dogs!

    1. Aw that's great!!! And you make a good point too! Sometimes all it takes is an active dog to make us get up and get active!

  2. Our breeds aren't on either of those lists, which seems right. We're kind of in between...we like to be active but not super active. We're homebodies, but we still love to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
    There are a lot of good online tests you can take about which breeds are right for you,but I'm not sure how accurate they are....when I took them in the past, I don't think our current breeds always came up!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

    1. Interesting! You make a great point in that sometimes it takes an active dog to help us get up and moving!

  3. What a important topic! We been labrador people for 20 years we couldn't imagine not sharing our lives with out one :) There just the most beautiful breed :) Ros, Milo & Jet

    1. That's wonderful! Labradors are fantastic dogs!

  4. This is such a fantastic post!

    2 of our breeds are on the "most active" list. We did a lot of research on what breed would be right for our family. We started with Malamutes and Huskies. I was attracted to the breed, because of the beauty. I knew nothing about the breed. Today, I see people making the same choices - choosing a dog, because it's cute instead of learning about the breed. How many dogs are surrendered, because people didn't take the time to learn about the breed and seriously look at their own lifestyle and review what they could commit to doing.

    We play with our dogs several times a day and walk the regularly. When we chose to adopt littermates, we knew we'd have to take time off of work and adjust our schedules to care for the puppies.

    I think people would be much happier if they follow your advice and seriously consider their choice in dog breeds before becoming seduced by an adorable puppy.

    1. I couldn't agree more. AND, there was and has been a huge spike in Husky and Malamute adoption since shows like Game Of Thrones and Twilight etc... people just want them because of their wolf like appearance, and of course as you mentioned, their beauty. And they really are fantastic breeds, but definitely not for anyone!

      Your SO right in that if people just did their research, it would save soooooooo many dogs from ending up in shelters :(

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    1. hahahahahaha!!!!! I was waiting for you to come on by!

  6. So important to choose a breed that is a good fit for your lifestyle. Although...as a pet sitter, I get a lot of dog walking jobs from families who underestimated the activity level of the breed they chose. ;) Great post!

    1. It really is so important. I can only imagine what you run into in your line of work!!! LOL!

  7. We wish more humans would ask themselves those questions before getting a dog instead of choosing one because it's cute or whatever. You can find the right dog and it can be cute too! :)

  8. Dachshunds are far from inactive dogs! At least, the ones that aren't disgustingly overweight aren't. They're hunters, and can (should!) be able to go for miles. They're up there with terriers and paps for active small dogs. :) That was my deciding factor in choosing the breed. I'm very active, but I don't have the desire for a large dog. Dachshunds pack a punch in a convenient package.
    Nola and I did a 2mi run this morning, 30 minutes of agility, 20 minutes of tug, and a long walk. She could easily keep going.

    1. Nola, thank you for the correction, and my apologies for the mistake!
      The breed had shown up quite a few times when I was researching least active breeds, which is why I included them. After your comment and looking into the breeds temperament, I do see that they seem to be playful and active as well. I am wondering if the name kept showing up due to the shorter legs? Not sure, but at any rate, I fixed it, the list is now complete! Thanks again! xo

  9. Very important subject! A dog needs to fit in/complement your lifestyle. If you aren't willing to work with an active dog, it's going to be an issue.

  10. Good post. I think Eskie is suppose to fall in HIGHLY active but surprisingly...Ruckus is quite mellow most of the time. He reminds me of a dog in a cat's body! Different stories when other dogs are around though...hehe

    1. Really? Wow, I didn't come across the Eskie when I was doing research, but I imagine they are active as well. Another Spitz so go figure! LOL!!!

  11. Great post! I think it is very important that people research the type of breed they think they are getting before they get it. Maybe it would cut down on the number of dogs that end up in shelters.

    1. I agree! I think it would make a significant difference in shelters!

  12. Mum says that when she got me she had called a friend who does mostly poodle rescue/foster/adoptions. Rochelle did have one poodle but he was rather elderly and mum wanted a dog she could train as a service dog, so that wouldn't work. So, Rochelle looked further and found me. She didn't know why my former peeps wanted to get rid of me (or if she did, she didn't tell mum!!), but she brought me over to meet mum. Mum was a little hesitant at first because it was only a few days since Cody had gone to the Bridge. It didn't help that the first time she took me out for a walk, I did a runner as she was trying to get her chair in the door. Apparently, Cody would just stand and wait for mum to tell her OK and she would go in the apartment. Fortunately all the gates to the complex were closed, and someone found me and brought me home!! Since then she has been VERY careful when a door is open -- but I have not been running off!!! Right now we are on haitus from training because we work outside and it has been a typical hot Arizona summer. She does work with me a bit. Mum also says that if it wasn't for taking me out she would go for days without going outside!!!!! We go to our dog park almost every day, and every so often instead of going there, we go to the big park (Udall Park) which is about a mile from home. In the summer we have to go early to avoid the heat.

    I don't mind if I don't go out too often. On the days when Krysta comes to take care of mum, I do get an extra walk and treats. I think I have the best home (except for the monsoon thunderstorms, bol)

    ttfn and toodle pip


    1. You know it's funny. I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but since being owned by huskies, I can't even tell you how much more often we get out, go for walks, hikes etc... dogs really do just bring it out of us!

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  14. One thing that I think is important when selecting a breed is to talk to a reputable breeder about the breed. Heck talk to as many as you can. You can find out all kinds of information about the breed that you might not see on paper or on the net. In my experience most reputable breeders are honest about the good and that bad because they don't want their dogs to end in shelters.

  15. some great things to consider before you go off and just get any dog


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