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Dog breeds for beginners
Of course, the upbringing and experience in a dog's life are also part of their character. Nevertheless, different races bring with them very different character traits. And it is a misbelief that with “good upbringing” everything is “flexible”.
The 6 most important key data that play a role when choosing the right dog breed for beginners:
1. How much space do we have?
The space requirement for a Chihuahua is different from that for a Saint Bernard. It starts with the living space and also plays a role in the garden, if any, but also in the car. With 3 children and a Saint Bernard, it must be taken into account that it can be difficult with a golf.
2. How many activities do we want to do with the dog?
People are different in their life aspirations. From the cozy family who like to cuddle on the couch and watch the TV, to active runners and athletes, everything is "normal". But the dog should also go with it. And the dog doesn't care about the weather! So if you have a completely white interior and only like to walk for more than 30 minutes at a time on Sundays when the sun is shining, only a small and rather inactive breed comes into question. A family who enjoys cycling, outdoors, jogging, and hiking should choose a breed that is physically able to do so.
3. How much financial leeway do we have?
This question is always reluctant to be included, but unfortunately it is like this: Dogs cost money. This means less the dog tax and the dog owner's liability, but the running costs. That starts with collar and leash, food, dog crate and veterinary bills. A large dog will also cost a little more, mainly in terms of food and any medication costs.
4. How much time do we have to spend with the dog?
Here the question overlaps a little with the activities question. But if 3 children are actively pursuing their hobbies and both parents are employed, it may not be appropriate to acquire a breed that also needs intensive intellectual workload. Because then going to dog training 2-3 times a week will probably not be feasible. Should the first dog get and become a hobby, or should he just run along "on the side"? There can be nasty surprises here when the beautiful Australian Shepherd turns into a terrorist with a half-hour walk a day or is completely turned over by the endless ball games.
5. How "vigilant" should the dog be?
As a veterinarian trained in behavior therapy, this point is particularly important to me. Because unfortunately the point “vigilance” is genetically determined to a quite high degree and not a matter of “upbringing”. Vigilance and “protecting” the family is first and foremost a great sounding and wonderful thought. But if I live on the second floor of an apartment building and have 3 children, and my children visit every day to play, that can be a real problem. The vigilant family dog is not provided with an "on / off switch". He is ALWAYS watchful! If someone walks through the stairwell, if someone stranger (the play children!) Comes to visit, etc. Depending on the dog, this can lead to problems if only a craftsman wants to come into the house. Vigilant breeds should therefore rather move into a single-family house that is at a greater distance from neighboring houses.
6. How “strong-nerved” does the dog have to be in our life?
An elderly couple in a single-family house on a side street lives differently than a household with 2-4 children in a big city. There are types of dogs that generally have a much lower "stimulus threshold", that is, a somewhat "thicker coat". Likewise, there are races that have been selected for a high level of responsiveness and willingness to act, because their job required it. This is a very, very important point to consider when choosing a dog.
Family dogs for beginners
Examples of family dogs suitable for beginners would be, for smaller breeds, e.g. B. the BichonFrisé, BolonkaZwetna, the Australian Terrier, in medium breeds the medium poodle or a Kooikerhoondje, in large breeds a Labrador or Golden Retriever from more show-oriented VDH breeding and in giant breeds the Landseer or Bernese mountain from reputable breeding.
What do I have to pay particular attention to as a beginner?
As a beginner, it is generally feasible to get any type of dog if you are ready to seek professional (and therefore paid!) Help from day one. Attending a dog school and a trainer, who may accompany everyday life for a few hours, can be useful if you decide on a possibly somewhat "more difficult" breed.
My tip for beginners: Please do not choose what you like optically! I know this is difficult, and especially as a beginner, one of these points is often the most important. But it is also the most dangerous.
Think about whether you yourself are a quieter and more quiet type of person, or rather louder and more harsh. This plays a major role, since the dog “has to live” with you in the upbringing and in everyday contact.
There are certainly races that have less “a mind of their own” and are therefore “easier to train”. For stubborn types of dogs, significantly more experience is required.
"Easy-care" dog breeds for beginners
Some examples of which dogs cooperate more easily are, for example: Retriever breeds (somewhat excluded the Chesapeake Bay Retriever), poodles, Bolonka, Havanese, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the "gentler" terrier types (e.g. Airedale, SoftCoated Wheaten, Australian Terrier), Kooikerhondje, Cocker Spaniel and a few more.
Particularly easy to care for beginner breeds are the above-mentioned terrier breeds and the poodle, Bolonka, Havanese and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Some of them are even suitable for allergy sufferers because they do not hair.
Sporty dog breeds
Rather sporty beginner breeds are the Dalmatian or Labrador or Golden Retriever from sportier lines, whereby these then also need another hobby for “the head”.
Hunting dogs and other breeds for more experienced owners
Dogs that need more experience are above all all herding and working dog breeds, hunting dog breeds are often more for experienced hands. However, with the will to learn enough and to pay for help, it is by no means an obstacle to master one of these breeds as a beginner.
I would not recommend hunting dogs for beginners, as the passion and joy of running and the will to work will in almost all cases be too much for a beginner. Here you would have to visit a dog school with experience of hunting dogs 2-3 times a week, and plan the time for working with the dog 2-3 times a week for a lifetime, which needs to be well considered in terms of time and finances.
School attendance for the new family
Attending a dog school is recommended (regardless of the breed), especially for the first 1.5 years, in order to be happily prepared for the rest of the long journey together. I hope you enjoy the new “family plan”.
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