Getting to know your new puppy is often love at first sight for many owners.
When choosing a dog, part of the process is choosing a breed that has a temperament that suits your life.
For example, if you are out and about for most of the day, choose a breed that can stay home alone for a long time.
And if you have children, a loving and gentle manner will suit you best.
But not every breed is suitable for every family; they all have different qualities, traits and needs, reports TeamDogs.
If you already have pets, that’s another thing to consider. You need to find a dog that will fit in the family and get along with everyone, including any other four-legged member.
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While there is plenty of advice out there that will make choosing your dog a lot easier, sometimes it’s best to ask the professionals. We can help here.
A member of TeamDogs got in touch with you to ask what breed of puppies to buy to help their seven year old daughter who lives in severe anxiety.
The hope is that the new addition will give her something to love and be responsible for to help build her confidence.
The family already has two dogs, an eight-year-old female Chihuahua named Ethel and a six-year-old male Chihuahua – crossed with a poodle and an Italian greyhound – named Reggie.
And they have the advantage of having someone at home almost most of the time, another thing to consider when choosing a breed as some don’t like to be alone.
While we’re big animal lovers at TeamDogs and we have many different breeds, we’re not experts. So instead we asked someone who it is.
Anna Webb, broadcaster, writer, nutrition and behavioral expert who gave some advice to this family.
She said, “Choosing the right breed to fit into a multi-dog household needs to be considered on several levels. The integration of a newcomer causes a shift in the “pack” structure.
“I suggest opting for a complementary breed like a Cavalier, Shih Tzu or Maltese and choosing a boy so that the matriarchal status of the older Chihuahua females can be preserved.”
She added, “Although the puppy will be the daughter’s dog, in all likelihood the puppy will bond the most with the person at home.
“But integrating a new dog is about the holistic picture, it could take time and patience, along with defining house rules and boundaries when training all dogs.
“The positive is that everyone can benefit from a new dynamic geared towards a positive and consistent routine.”