The Best Dog Breed for Your Personality and Lifestyle

Different dog breeds

Finding a Dog Breed That Matches Your Personality

Will you soon be adding a new dog to your family? Selecting a breed that meshes well with your lifestyle and personality will help you make the best choice.

Things to Think About Before Selecting a Dog

Whether you've had dogs before or are considering getting a dog for the first time, you'll need to think about:

  • Who Lives in Your House. Do you live alone or with a spouse, children, or elderly family members? What about other pets? Do you already have dogs, cats, or small animals? Although some dog breeds thrive in busy homes with young children, others are best-suited for a life with a single person or a family with older children.
  • Your Work Schedule. Some dogs are more active than others. A pet that needs hours of exercise every day won't be the best choice if you have long or irregular work hours.
  • Your Activity Level. Do you want a dog that will enthusiastically accompany you on runs or enjoy competing in agility competitions, or would you prefer a pet that's most happy sitting by your side on the couch?
  • Your Experience with Dogs. A laidback breed may be a better choice than a breed that's full of energy or difficult to train if you've never had a dog before.
  • Allergies. Allergies won't necessarily prevent you from adopting a dog but will limit the number of breeds that will make good pets.

Which Dog Breed Should You Choose?

Once you've thought about your preferences and lifestyle, it's time to spend a little time researching breed characteristics. You may want to consider these breeds if you want a dog that's:

  • Good with Kids. A Labrador retriever is an excellent choice if you have children. In fact, the breed is the most popular one in the U.S., according to the American Kennel Club. Labradors are friendly, affectionate, and enjoy the company of kids, adults, and other pets. Other good options for families are golden retrievers, beagles, bulldogs, Irish setters, pugs, poodles, boxers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and collies.
  • Energetic and Athletic. If you envision afternoons spent tossing a Frisbee to your new dog or hiking mountain trails, you'll want to choose a high-energy breed like the border collie. Originally bred for herding, border collies are happiest when they have something to do. They're easy to train and often excel in flyball and agility competitions. German shorthaired pointers, golden retrievers, labrador retrievers, vizslas (also called Hungarian pointer), Russell terriers, poodles, Airedale terriers, German shepherds, Dalmatians, Pembroke Welsh corgis, Australian shepherds, and Irish setters are also energetic breeds.
  • Gentle and Calm. Looking for a calm, affectionate dog? A bulldog may be the perfect option. These dogs love nothing more than spending time with you and are playful and fairly easy to train. Other good choices include Basset hounds, greyhounds, Saint Bernards, Boston terriers, Bichon Frise, bloodhounds, great Pyrenees, Pekingese, Great Danes, Shih Tzus, and bullmastiffs. Although these dogs are lower energy than some dogs they still need regular exercise to stay fit and healthy.
  • Better for People with Allergies. Although no dog breed is one hundred percent hypoallergenic, some are less likely to trigger allergies than others. Breeds that have less hair or don't shed as much are good choices. Shedding sends dander, a common allergen, floating through the air, triggering sneezing, itchy eyes, and other allergy symptoms. The Yorkshire terrier, one of several breeds that don't shed, may be the ideal dog for you if you have allergies. These dogs are energetic, friendly, and get along well with family members and strangers. You may also want to consider poodles, American hairless terriers, Afghan hounds, Irish water spaniels, schnauzers, Pulis, Chinese cresteds, Kerry blue terriers, Portuguese water dogs, and soft-coated Wheaten terriers. Spend a little time with the dog before you bring it home to ensure it doesn't cause an allergic reaction.

Have you recently welcomed a new pet to your home? We'll help you make sure your dog is in good health and has all its shots. Contact our office to make an appointment for your pet.

Sources:

American Kennel Club: Labrador Retriever

PetMD: Low Energy Dog Breeds, 7/8/21

American Kennel Club: 10 Best Family Dogs, 3/26/21

American Kennel Club: Can I Have A Dog If I Have Allergies?, 10/7/20

Location

Find us on the map

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Please contact us at the clinic with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I love the fact that the office opens at 7:30 am. I am able to get in before work whenever I need treatments for my cats. Everyone in the office is super friendly and gentle when handling my pets. I was seen very quickly after my appointment time. Thank you all for a fantastic visit!"
    Sassy Lane
  • "Wedgewood Pet Clinic provides phenomenal care to our dogs! The veterinarians at Wedgewood have been the exclusive providers of medical care for our dogs for 20 years. Dr. Belcourt, Dr. Heintz, and the Wedgewood staff really care about their patients, and it shows! I highly recommend Wedgewood Pet Clinic."
    Brian Fagan
  • "I recently had to say goodbye to the best furry friend on the face of the planet! It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do! They were so great with the entire process! They handled everything with such grace, empathy, dignity, and respect at a time when I could barely put a sentence together without crying! They made time for us when they were very busy, and yet took the time to let us say goodbye properly! I cannot thank them enough! My entire family has taken our pets there for years and will continue to do so! We can't say enough great things about them! Thank you Wedgewood for being so great!"
    Ashley C
  • "I've trusted my cat's delicate and unique health conditions to Dr. Heintz for the past 7 years and have nothing bad to say. He cares for the animal's health and is easy to communicate with; he's always responsive and upfront. Everyone in the office are friendly and provides wonderful care. I highly recommend this clinic even if it's a little out of your way."
    Sarah Smith
  • "Dr. Heintz is hands down the most compassionate & kind person. I've been going to him for years and wouldn't ever stray. He is thorough and does what is necessary. 10 out of 10 recommend."
    Leah Rose
  • "Wedgewood is always fantastic! They are very friendly and do an awesome job with even the most nervous pets! They are timely and efficient and truly care about your pet!"
    Alissa B
  • "We drive 30 minutes to have our dogs seen by Dr Heintz. He's amazing and the staff at Wedgewood is always friendly. Highly recommend!"
    Laura Chambers
  • "Wedgewood is now our forever vet! Dr. Heintz and staff helped us through a very difficult time with two sick puppies. I've never had a veterinarian show so much care and concern for our puppies, our situation, and all of our questions. The staff was always courteous and helpful. Wedgewood went above and beyond, and we're extremely grateful!"
    KL
  • "I've been using Dr Heintz for about 5 years now. He takes the time to explain what is going on and to answer questions. The whole staff is wonderful. Hands down this is the best vet clinic I've ever been to!"
    Kat F.