Knowing the psychological, physical and social characteristics of different dog´s breeds is essential when you decide to adopt or buy a dog. This will allow you to establish a relationship based on friendship and respect. Among the factors to consider would be: genetic impulses, instincts and emotions. Knowing breeds will help predict their emotional behavior, level of intelligence and energy. Dogs used for personal protection have more dominant personalities than sheepdogs. Hunting dogs will have a higher level of energy than pet dogs, while the Doberman breed usually has some aggressive behaviors that are not seen in the Golden Retriever.
When you decide to adopt or buy a dog, the first thing you have to ask yourself is, why do you want a dog? Out of impulse? As a whim or fashion accessory? Does your new pet fit with this lifestyle? If you’re considering buying a dog for your child, the Labrador is a good option for children over six years because at this age they can handle the large size and energy level of this breed; another good option would be the Golden Retriever for his nobility and loyalty. If you have little space and your child is under 6 years old, then small breeds such as Cocker, Beagle or Sausage are recommended.
Daschshund breed, also called “Teckel”, “Dackel” or “Sausage Dog”
The companionship of a dog for older people has great emotional and psychological benefits, especially if they live alone. It helps in preventing depression and reduces stress and moodiness. Opinions differ as to which breed should be bought or adopted by older people, but what´s commonly agreed is that dogs of medium or small size are the most convenient, because the person can have more control over the strength of the dog and management of the rides.
Another good breed for the elderly is the Beagle; these dogs are gentle, cheerful and generally obedient. In small breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier is known for his loyalty and protective instincts towards his master.
The Teckel, or familiarly called “Sausage”, is loving, faithful and has a well-balanced temperament; he´s also a very athletic dog that need long walks to avoid obesity. The Bichon Maltese breed requires little physical exercise, which makes him a good candidate to support people who have trouble performing physical activities; these dogs are affectionate, sociable and docile.
For children, having a dog is an excellent opportunity to learn about:
Love and respect for animals.
Awareness of all the unconditional love, loyalty and generosity that dogs are able to give to their owner.
Learning the meaning of commitment and responsibility when taking care of their new pet, especially in the first year of the puppy.
If you decide to adopt an adult dog, one advantage you have is that he already knows the habits of daily coexistence; and in case he has suffered abuse or neglect in the past, he will eventually recover and show much love and gratitude to his new family.