The question “which dog suits me” is actually asked directly after the decision for a dog. Of course, there is no general answer to this, but I would like to help you narrow down your choice a bit so that you are happy with your future resident, whether it is a puppy or an emergency fur. Because you should never ignore the fact that every animal has special and partly breed-related differences. There is space for your criteria in the comments!
Which Dog Fits Me Best?
Before we get down to business, a little foreword. A dog will change your everyday life, but not your personality. If you’re a rather unathletic type who likes to take it easy, an active, athletic breed is the wrong choice. Because it won’t change you. Maybe a short time, but we both know it. Humans are creatures of habits. That’s why the type and character should play a decisive role, not so much the look.
Division of Dog Breeds into Groups
Thankfully, the FCI has divided all recognized dog breeds into ten different groups. Here you can get an initial overview of the affiliation of a breed to the respective group. However, this subdivision only serves as a first rough overview.
The classification of the breeds in FCI groups is only an indicator for the selection of the dog. Because of the sometimes different mixtures, you cannot put all breeds of an FCI group in one pot.
The Right Size for the Dog
The size also plays an important role in the selection. The statement is to be understood less in relation to the optics. Rather, there are two points. In most cases, a large dog restricts owners more and costs significantly more to maintain. Large dogs are not always welcome, while small breeds are more tolerated.
There is also a huge difference in maintenance. A Chihuahua is already full with less than 100 grams of dog food per day. Heavy dog breeds also quickly eat 2 kilograms of dog food and still have a growling stomach. The feed costs here are already 20 times higher.
Vet costs also vary significantly, as many medications are dosed based on weight. Last but not least, your own constitution also plays a role. Seniors should assess their own strength and choose the dog based on, among other things, whether they are able to muster enough strength in a sticky situation to hold on to a dog that pulls hard on the leash, or in all situations – physically – master are able.
Your Experience with Dogs
Your personal suitability and primarily your experience in dealing with dogs should also play an important role when choosing a dog breed. If you have already lived or worked with dogs, the specific behavior is already known and you already have situational solutions ready from the experiences you have made.
There are breeds that are more forgiving of mistakes and make it easy for you to train them. Some dogs have the “will to please” and will do anything to please their pack (leader). Other races will attempt to steal your pack leader rank from you if the opportunity arises or if they determine that you are unsuitable as a pack leader. Depending on the caliber (size and weight), this can create tricky situations.
If you are rather shy or insecure in private and prefer to be in the second or third row than in the first row, it is better not to choose a dog that interprets this behavior as a weakness. A Doberman may serve as an example here. He belongs in hands with consistent leadership and a clear boss. Dogs have no problem being submissive, and frustration is a part of life. However, dogs have a very big problem with roles that are not clearly defined. You should be particularly aware of this for dogs whose original purpose was protection and hunting.
Free Spirit or Cunning Michel
Dogs that belong to the original type (FCI group 5) have a constant problem with behaving the way master and mistress would like it to be. They are free spirits with their own will and stubbornness to the point of the tail. Molossians also belong in the category “First check how seriously the command was really meant”.
Other races, on the other hand, just can’t get enough of wanting to please. No trick is too much, no command spoken too laxly, you’ll hear what it’s worth. Eye contact is enough and the dog runs.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages. While dogs of the original type are largely independent loners who somehow get along with us humans, you have to devote hours of attention to the Border Collie every day in order not to drive the dog into depression.
The Right Breed of Dog
You don’t buy a dog by looks. It should be the characteristics, the nature, and the character that decide about the “right dog”. A breed designated as a guard dog needs a property to guard. A Fila Brasiliero will always be sullen towards strangers and will protect you like the apple of his eye. At home, on the go, always. You just have to be clear about that when making your selection. Of course, you can have an effect with dog training, make course corrections, and promote desired behavior. But the genes of any breed are latent and will emerge. See also our dog breeds
The Answer to Your Question “Which Dog is Right for Me”
unfortunately, there isn’t. Based on the breed descriptions created, you have the first guidelines and can proceed according to the elimination process. Radically remove from your list any dogs that don’t meet your personal expectations. If you already had a favorite, double-check that the dog is described as you want it to be. Talk to owners and breeders of the breed and do some research beforehand.
Many dogs are incredibly cute as puppies. When you then show your true nature, and that means your original nature, many people are disappointed because they actually expected a completely different dog – in terms of type. And it is precisely these dogs that are found disproportionately often in animal shelters.
An appeal to all future dog owners: Research beforehand, take your time, and sleep on it. Research further, contact owners and breeders, let it sink in, and sleep on it again.