Just like humans, dogs have personalities of their own! When selecting a dog breed, there’s more to consider than just looks or popular opinion. Here are a few things to first consider about yourself before you consider a certain breed.
1. Activity Level
Honesty is key with this one. If the thought of hour-long walks in Chicago’s winter weather makes you cringe, a high energy breed may not be the best fit. Some lower-energy breeds include: Basset Hounds, Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Greyhounds, and Pugs.
On the other hand, if you enjoy spending time strolling through Chicago’s neighborhoods year-round, there are several great breeds which will test your endurance. Higher-energy breeds include: Beagles, Collies, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and Samoyeds.
2. Work Schedule
Think about a typical workweek: How often are you away from home? If you live in Lakeview but work in Chicago’s West Loop, your dog may be alone for hours at a time. Consider a pooch that is self-sufficient and comfortable with spending solitary hours on her own. Some of the best breeds to spend more time alone include: Basset Hounds, Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, Maltese, and Whippets.
If you work from home or have family members that will be in and out throughout the day, you might be looking for an ultra-loyal and outgoing pup. In this case, it would be wise to choose a friendlier breed that requires more attention (just as long as you can truly offer it)! Some of the most social breeds include: Bearded Collies, Golden Retrievers, Keeshonds, Labrador Retrievers, and Saint Bernards.
It’s a given that certain breeds require much more care than others. Whether they are grooming requirements or difficulty with training, it is important to know how much time and money you will need to devote to the caring of your dog. High-maintenance breeds include: Afghan Hounds, Bichon Frises, Chow Chows, Collies, Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers.
If you’re looking for a pup that will require less time and money to upkeep, consider breeds that don’t require much grooming and are quick to train. Some low-maintenance breeds include: Aspins, Boxers, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, and Schipperkes.
Overall, the key to finding the right dog breed is simple: you just have to reflect honestly on your personality and lifestyle. We’ve designed these simple prompts to help get the ball rolling — hopefully now you’re closer to finding your perfect pooch!