Aussies are amongst the most animal loving people in the world, with our pet ownership rates sitting at 62% - that is nearly two in three households have a least one pet they call their own. If you look at dogs alone, almost half of all Australians (48% to be precise) have a four-legged fur baby, more than any other type of pet, proving that they truly are man (and women’s) very best friend : )
Whilst the benefits of having a canine pal are well known – from providing the companionship which we’ve all needed these past 18 months, to the laughter they bring and their uncanny knack for helping us humans make friends at the local park; raising a dog is a long-term commitment much like raising a child!
With close to 200 recognised dog breeds across the world, choosing the right one for you and your unique circumstances can be a tricky decision. That’s why The Pets Hotel team have put together a few simple tips to consider before making this important choice, to ensure a happy, healthy home for all.
- Tip #1. Consider your lifestyle: Do you have a busy social life that sees you dining out every second night or a job (in normal non-COVID times) that means you need to travel regularly for work? Are you an avid exerciser or prefer the comforts of the couch? All these factors paint a picture of your lifestyle and are a key consideration when choosing a dog breed that’s the best fit for your unique circumstances. It’s a well-known fact dogs are highly social creatures. But some breeds, for example Bull Terriers are much better at handling alone time than more active types – such as Aussie Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers who crave regular walks and attention.
- Tip #2. Consider your housing situation: Do you live in a detached house with a big backyard in the suburbs or a small studio apartment in the middle of Melbourne CBD? Considering your housing arrangements is an obvious step most prospective dog owners take and one that has a direct bearing on the breed you should choose. Naturally, smaller breeds like cute Poodles and Shitzu’s are ideal for smaller living spaces, whilst larger bodied dogs and those with a high mental drive like Dalmatians, Border Collies and Jack Russell’s will thrive if given a bigger house and best of all, a backyard to roam free!
- Tip #3. Consider your personality! Dogs like humans have their own unique personalities, with no two canines exactly the same. Just as we would take care in choosing a housemate, gauging for compatibility and shared interests, the same should apply when selecting your furry friend… A bright and bubbly personality is generally well served by a highly energetic, loud breed such as an adorable French Bulldog or Chihuahua who’ll be the centre of everyone’s attention. Meanwhile more reserved types who’d like nothing more than to curl up on the couch with their best friend and a good book may find a Hound or Bernese Mountain Dog to be their perfect match : )
- Tip #4. Consider your budget: Dog ownership doesn’t come cheap, with pet registration through your local council, microchipping, insurance, pet food and of course, those often hefty vet bills all adding up over time! Once again, it’s a lot like raising a human child, which means a careful consideration of your finances is a prudent move before taking on a parenting role. It’s no secret that some breeds like Poodles are far higher maintenance than others, requiring regular grooming to live their best lives : ) Whilst more innately guarding breeds such as Rottweilers will need extensive socilalising and dog obedience training to become well-adjusted members of the family.
- Tip #5. Consider your purpose for owning a dog: The final and arguably most important consideration when choosing a dog breed is to work out why you’d like to own a dog in the first place. Is it for quiet company? Protection? Someone you can go jogging with in the mornings? Or a cute and cuddly furry friend for your young children? Whatever the reasons, keeping your why firmly in mind will help lead you to your ideal companion : )
Still in need of further guidance? We’d also like to give a shout out to these websites below, all which have handy, interactive quizzes and informative resources to help you in your quest for the ideal pet:
Keen to find out more about The Pets Hotel and our friendly team of professional animal lovers? Contact us at The Pets Hotel (Port Melbourne) on (03) 9646 3696 or The Pets Hotel Country Club (Lara) on (03) 5282 1286.