What is the right dog breed for you? Vet reveals what you need to know



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A vet nurse has revealed the perfect breed of dog for your lifestyle, whether you are single, a young couple, or a tenant or homeowner.

Senior Nurse and Practice Manager Tess Nolan spends her days diagnosing and treating dogs and cats on the Gold Coast, performing everything from pet CPR to x-rays and blood tests.

Tess also helps with operations, animal husbandry and bandaging, saying “the list is endless” when it comes to tasks associated with her “very rewarding job”.

The 26 year old shared exactly what breed of dog would suit your home and life and why each personality is right for a dog type.



a woman standing on a sidewalk: a veterinarian has revealed the perfect breed of dog for your lifestyle, whether you are single, a young couple or family, or a tenant or homeowner (Tess Nolan in picture)


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A vet nurse has revealed the perfect breed of dog for your lifestyle, whether you’re single, a young couple, or a family, or a tenant or homeowner (Tess Nolan pictured).



a dog that likes grass: If you are single or live alone, the vet recommends investing in either a Boston Terrier or a Cocker Spaniel first (picture)


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If you are single or live alone, the vet recommends investing in either a Boston Terrier or a Cocker Spaniel first (stock image)

SINGLE – BOSTON TERRIER OR COCKER SPANIEL

If you are single or live alone, the veterinarian recommends investing in either a Boston Terrier or a Cocker Spaniel first.

“Both of these breeds are very active and full of personality,” Tess told FEMAIL.

‘They’re super affectionate too and will make you laugh.’

YOUNG COUPLE – GOLDEN RETRIEVER

Golden retrievers are a popular choice with dog owners around the world, and Tess said they are ideal for a young couple’s lifestyle.

“Golden retrievers are such great pets,” she explained.

“They are loving, loyal and always by your side, have just enough need for activity, but like to laze around for downtime in the house.”



A woman holding a dog posing for the camera: However, once you add a newborn or toddler to the mix, the vet said you'd better get either a Labradoodle, a Spoodle, or a Cavoodle (Tess pictured with a Spoodle )


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However, once you add a newborn or toddler to the mix, the vet said you’d better get either a Labradoodle, a spoodle, or a Cavoodle (Tess pictured with a spoodle).

YOUNG FAMILY – LABRADOODLE, SPOODLE OR CAVOODLE

Once you add a newborn or toddler into the mix, the vet said you’d better go for either a Labradoodle, Spoodle, or Cavoodle:

“All of these hypoallergenic breeds require brushing and grooming, but no hair loss, which is a huge plus!” Tess said.

“They are also smart, gentle, patient, and love children.”



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“Greyhounds are the laziest and one of the most underrated dog breeds of all time,” Tess said, and that makes them perfect for lack of time

WORKAHOLIC AND TIME ARME – GREYHOUND

Often times, if you talk to a lot of people, they will say that if you are short on time or addicted to work, you are not best suited to owning a dog.

But Tess must disagree, provided you choose the right breed.

“Greyhounds are the laziest and one of the most underrated dog breeds of all time,” she said.

“If you spend a lot of time on work, or if you feel like you don’t have enough time to walk too often, do yourself a favor and save a greyhound.

‘You will not regret it!’



a dog sitting in the grass: If you're retired and looking for a little bundle of love to add to your life, Tess recommends one


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If you’re retired and looking for a little bundle of love to add to your life, Tess recommends a “little pocket cutie” like a Pomeranian (stock image) or a Chihuahua

RETIREMENT – POMERANIAN OR CHIHUAHUA

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If you’re retired and looking for that little bundle of love to add to your life, Tess recommends a “little little pocket cutie” like a Pomeranian or Chihuahua.

“These are dogs that you just want to have with you all the time,” she said.

“They are super easy to get into the car, very easy during training and above all – they are loyal.”



a dog is sitting on a bench: do you love to hike or run?  A kelpie is the dog for you and he is this year


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Do you love hiking or trail running? A kelpie is your dog, and he’s “super popular” this year (stock image)

ACTIVE SPECIES – KELPIE

Do you love hiking or trail running? A kelpie is your dog, and he’s “super popular” this year.

“Kelpies are incredibly active and require a lot of training and dedication, but they love to please their owners!” Tess said.



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“Straight, quick-drying hair, perfect for the beach, the Hungarian Vizslas loves swimming and easily fits into your active lifestyle,” said Tess (stock image)

BEACH TYPES – HUNGARIAN VIZSLA

If you’re someone who is always in and out of the water and spends most of your free time on the beach, you’ll want a Hungarian Vizsla – also for its practicality.

“Straight, quick-drying hair, perfect for the beach, this type of dog loves swimming and easily fits into your active lifestyle,” said Tess.



a dog sitting in the grass: While adding a new pet to the family can be difficult if you already have one, Tess said a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be the perfect match (stock image)


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While adding a new pet to the family when you already have one can be difficult, Tess said a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be the perfect addition (stock image)

PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE A PET – CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL

While adding a new pet to the family when you already have one can be difficult, Tess said that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be the perfect addition.

“Heavenly Sent Angel of All Dogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are complete love sponges for dog breeds – they absolutely love everyone they meet!” She said.

TRAVELERS – MODLE

A Moodle – or a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle (toy or miniature) – is perfect if you are a traveler.

‘Low-maintenance, relaxed, intelligent, this type of dog just wants to be by your side, wherever that may be!’ Tess said.

Moodles also don’t require too much exercise and can live in a small house or apartment provided they have a daily walk.



a cat sitting in a chair in front of a curtain: when renting an apartment, the first thing to think about is whether you could harm the property in which you live;  Because of this, a Sphynx cat might be best (stock image)


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When renting, one of the most important things to think about is whether there is any potential harm in you to the property you are living in. Because of this, a Sphynx cat might be best (stock image)

RENTER – SPHYNX CAT

When renting, one of the most important things to think about is whether or not you could cause harm to the property you are living in.

Because of this, Tess thinks that instead of a dog, you should get a Sphynx cat.

“A dog is a big deal when you live in a rented apartment, whereas a cat … without hair ?! Brilliant!’ She said.

OWNER – ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

Finally, when you own your own home, it’s time to invest in an English Springer Spaniel, Tess said.

“English Springer Spaniels are a beautiful breed, very loving and friendly, with a lot of love,” said Tess.



a woman with a dog posing for the camera: previously, the veterinarian (pictured) shared the ideal skills that are perfect for veterinary work and explained why work experience is paramount


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Before that, the veterinarian (pictured) shared the ideal skills that are perfect for the veterinary job and explained why some work experience is paramount

Before that, the vet shared the ideal skills that are perfect for veterinary work.

The 26-year-old said relevant experiences are of the utmost importance because working with animals is “cozy and cute, but also very confrontational”.

“In general, a little animal experience can give you some protection from what comes through the door, from dogs with broken bones to those who have been hit by cars,” she said.

Tess added, “The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, but it takes a certain type of person to be a successful vet nurse.”

The vet concluded by saying that being a vet was like no other job out there.

“A vet’s nurse is an anesthesiologist, phlebotomist, professional pet cuddler, lab technician, receptionist, nutritionist, surgical assistant, grief counselor, x-ray assistant, paramedic, inventory manager, and pharmacy assistant – all in one day,” she said.

For more information about Tess Nolan, you can follow her on Instagram Here.

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