Breed type can not only determine looks and health, but also influence temperament and character too.
The right dog for you should suit your lifestyle and home environment. All breeds and sizes can make wonderful companions but some do require more experienced handling and training.
For owners with no experience we only recommend breeds that are generally both child friendly and will get along with other dogs with a minimum of training.
Small, toy and miniature breeds can weigh between 1kg and 10kg and include Toy Poodles, King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Miniature Schnauzers.
Medium-sized dogs usually weigh from 11kg to 26kg. Common examples are Bull Terriers, Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies and British Bulldogs.
Large breeds like Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers and German Shepherds on average weigh between 26kg and 44kg.
However some large breeds can weigh 45kg or more, like Great Danes, Bullmastiffs, Newfoundlands and Dogues de Bordeaux.
Each breed has different coat characteristics and this will have an effect on how much time they’ll need for grooming.
A double-coated, a thick-coated or heavily-coated dog comes with very high grooming need that will entail daily brushing, combing and cleaning.
Without grooming and care, your dog will look dull, the coat can tangle and at the extreme seriously affect the health of your dog.
It is important for both you and your new friend that you are realistic with the amount of time and/or money you are prepared to expend.
Think about the breed of dog you’re considering. Cute puppies can quickly grow into large, boisterous adults.
Will your choice of dog fit in your home?
Do you have a garden or backyard where your dog can play?
Will the adult dog fit in your car?
Do you have the time to handle a large active breed of dog?