Choosing A Breed Right For You
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a dog for you, your family, or a loved one, should never be based on looks alone. Although you may have had a favorite breed in mind, that does not always mean the breed is particularly right for you.
Here at K-9 Specialist LLC, we hear all too often about people choosing breeds based on looks, a breed they have had in the past, or simply because they sound “really cool.” The big problem with that is you may be choosing the wrong breed altogether.
In every breed of dog, there are two lines. A pet line and a working line. The difference really is simple. If you have had a dog in the past or know of a dog that’s fairly laid back, snuggles and sleeps often, is super friendly with everyone and anyone, and does not seem to have many “drives” whatsoever, then you have a pet line. Pet line dogs are wonderful! That is…if that is what you want. If you want a couch potato dog that loves everyone and never gives much grief naturally, then this is a great line for you.
A working line dog is a dog bred to work. Whether that be for hunting, tracking, protecting, etc., this is a dog for a person/family that is choosing this line for a very particular reason. These are the dogs that have plenty of “drive”. They may be busy chasing birds, balls, cars, or literally anything that may move…or they may be pacing the property or home in a protection like “mode.” These dogs are absolutely wonderful as long as you know and fully understand the dog you have, and make sure that dog has a daily job. These are also the dogs that can get you into trouble if you do not do your research on what you have, and must also be disciplined.
For example, if you get a working line dog and do not start training it very young for the do’s and don’ts of life, you will find yourself in a sticky situation quite fast. You may end up with a completely unruly dog that has an awful lot of energy, and will be the best at anything he or she decides to do. And by that I mean, if your dog is not trained and disciplined properly, he or she will be the best at unruly and unwanted behavior.
The bottom line is, please do your research and ask qualified professionals to help you find the line best for you, and then finally the breed best for you. You may want a small breed and end up with a large breed, or vice versa! It all depends on your wants and capabilities. And remember, training is the key to a wonderfully behaved dog, and a special bond between human and dog to last a lifetime. Choose wisely!!