Choosing the right size of your perfect pooch


There have been so many times that I’ve been asked, “what kind of dog should I get?” That is a hard question to answer. There are so many factors to consider – busy lifestyle, work hours, small children or older children, budget – the list goes on.

Let’s try a different approach. Most people have a specific breed in mind, but what they sometimes forget to consider is size. What size is your
perfect pooch?

Can you picture that Newfoundland running around your house, drooling on things and thinking it’s a lap dog? Or are you more of a Yorkie person, imagining that sweet little face looking up at you from inside a puppy purse?

One of the hardest things is picking out the pup. You know, as you’re standing there staring at that adorable little face, you’re probably not considering that this Mastiff puppy could be 120 pounds full grown and take over that apartment you are living in, I mean, who cares right? Just look at that face!

Well, I am sorry to be the one to tell you, but you have to consider size. You might have your heart set on that beautiful German Shepherd, but are you really ready for that responsibility? Some may say if you have a small space you should get a small dog, not necessarily, there are some medium and large size breeds that can be happy in a small space as long as exercise, attention and love are a part of their lives; their energy level is really what needs to be considered.

One of the factors I mentioned earlier was the type of lifestyle you have. Some dogs are content to be couch potatoes with you, while others really want to go on that run. So consider what works best for you. Do you want a watch dog or would you prefer that lovable type that kisses every stranger they meet? Allergies can be another factor. Please be sure to investigate this before you bring Fido home. No matter what, dogs love to hang out with their humans, so please make sure no matter what size dog you choose, you have time to devote to them.

When searching for that perfect pup, please consider adoption. There are so many wonderful dogs out there that just want a nice home and a little love. Every age and breed you can imagine, your new fur baby is out there waiting for you!


Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit for more information.

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