If you’re getting a new dog, then you’ve probably found yourself at some point wondering: “Which breed should I get?”
Because there are so many breeds to choose from, selecting a dog can be a very difficult decision and naturally you want to make sure your new addition will be a good fit for both you and your family.
When there are so many things to think about such as personality traits, size and, temperament; it can seem a little overwhelming at first to choose a breed. With so many things to consider when selecting a breed, it is easy to forget about one of the most important things to think about when adopting.
Your activity level
A very simple way of deciding on a breed that is sometimes overlooked is by finding a dog that matches your daily activity level. It is important when looking for a new dog, to keep your activity level in mind. Because they breed each breed of dog for a variety of different purposes, from hunting and herding sheep in a field all day, to purely for companionship.
They all have their own specific jobs to do that require different levels of activity. To do these tasks to the best of their ability, each dog breed also has very different amounts of natural endurance. Because they all have such a wide variety of endurance levels, they also have very different requirements for how much daily exercise they need.
A dog that is bred for a high-energy job that is not getting enough exercise will not burn off enough energy every day and may become destructive. This can also go both ways. If you are a very active person. You will want to get a breed of dog that can keep up with your high-energy lifestyle. Sadly, it is easy to over exhaust specific breeds.
The good thing is, there are plenty of dog breeds to choose from no matter your lifestyle. You will find in this article that there are several breeds of dogs with a variety of different activity levels.
What if I am mostly sedentary?
Let’s face it, many of us have jobs that require us to sit at a desk all day. If this is you, you want to make sure you choose a breed that will be ok with sitting at home while you are at work. Especially if you frequently work over-time and do not think you have enough time to walk your dog every day.
If this sounds like your lifestyle, then a low-energy dog that spends most of its time sitting, laying down and napping would be the perfect choice for you.The good thing is, there are plenty of different dog breeds that fit the bill. such as the:
- English Bulldog
- Chow Chow
- Shih Tzu
- Great Dane
- Tibetans Spaniel
- Bull Mastiff
While none of these breeds need daily walks, they will still be up for a walk whenever you have the time. Most dogs appreciate a light walk regardless of their endurance. These dogs are also great for apartment living, as they do not need a lot of outdoor or indoor space.
What If I Am Lightly active?
If you enjoy the daily walk after work to unwind and relax, there are lots of dog breeds who would also enjoy going with you on a light afternoon walk. These breeds do best with a daily walk but are mainly content with relaxing around the house. Making them perfect for lightly active lifestyles.
Some breeds that enjoy light frequent exercise are:
- Basset Hounds
- King Charles Spaniel
- Boston Terrier
What If I Am Moderately Active?
If you enjoy frequent power walks, cycling, hiking, and swimming and want to take your puppy along with you for the adventure. There are plenty of breeds that also enjoy these activities like:
- Golden or labrador retrievers
- German short-haired
- Alaskan malamute
- Staffordshire terrier
These active breeds love adventure. Making them the perfect pets for a moderately active lifestyle.
What If I Am Very Active?
If you find yourself drawn to intense exercises such as running, cycling, swimming, or uphill hiking; once or even twice a day and want to bring your dog along for the trip, then choosing a breed who could keep up with your active pace without becoming over-exhausted will be key.
These will be the breeds of dogs who have the most energy and endurance. Some examples of these types of high energy breeds are:
- Siberian husky
- Welsh corgis
- Aussie shepherds
- Border collies
- Bernese mountain dog
- Practically any retriever
- Irish setter
- Great pyrenees
- German short-haired
- Dutch shepherd
These breeds are often used for highly active jobs that require them to have a natural endurance but that impressive endurance doesn’t stop when hunting or herding sheep. These active breeds will make great partners for an intense hike, bike or run.
While there are a lot of dogs that fit well with their owner’s active lifestyle, it is also important to remember that not all dogs have the same endurance levels and you do not want to push your dog when gets tired.
Some signs of dog exhaustion to remember to watch for are:
- Panting or trouble breathing
- Drooling and salivating
- Restlessness and agitation
- Bright Red Tongue
- An increased heart rate
- Pale or red gums
- Trouble breathing
- Vomiting and diarrhea
These symptoms of over-exhaustion are important to watch for if your dog is one of the lower energy breeds mentioned above. They are sadly more prone to both overheating and over-exhaustion. So it is important to always know the signs and pay attention to how your dog feels in hot weather.
Regardless of your activity level, finding a dog that is the right fit for you is the end goal of choosing a breed. With a little research, you can find the perfect dog breed for you.