When my son was really taken with a toy dog he got for Christmas, my husband and I started considering the possibility of getting a puppy.
I work from home, so I’d be around for meal times, toilet training a the odd daytime walk – and now that Greg’s 4, he’s a bit less boisterous/wild. A dog would be a lovey addition to our household, but I don’t really know much about dogs. I do know that about a third of owners don’t do their research before they get a dog, and I didn’t want to be included in those figures.
I’ve always loved Pugs, but it’s hard to gauge how much work they are when you don’t know someone who’s got one. I know they’re only small, but my son’s only small and he’s responsible for all kinds of chaos!
I needed to do a bit more research, and take my lifestyle into consideration before I made doggy decisions. I recently read that 6% of dog-owners are disappointed with the breed they chose, which is one of the saddest things I’ve heard!
Luckily, Legal & General have just launched a fun and helpful quiz to help people like me decide on what sort of dog to get. The breed selector quiz runs through a series of questions and matches a breed of dog to your lifestyle.
It’s from the point of view of the dog, which is original and very cute!
After admitting I’m a bit old, mostly lazy and don’t clean much, the quiz matched me with a Labrador Retriever or a Labradoodle.
My friend has a gorgeous Labradoodle called Rufus, but he’s enormous and I don’t think I could handle a dog that’s as big as my mum. I know size is an important factor when most people choose their breed, and I think it would be for us.
We’d consider a Labrador Retriever, but they’re supposed to have a lot of energy, so I should probably look into how energetic he’d expect me to be!
If dogs are supposed to choose owners, I expect a hairy blonde one might choose me. It’d probably look a lot like this:
We haven’t completely ruled out adopting a dog from a charity or shelter, but if we did that, we’d run the risk of me bringing home every dog who looked at me (which my husband wouldn’t like). There’s also the issue of whether or not the shelter would have a dog that’s suitable for a young family. Our youngest is 4 and we’re hoping to add to our family in the near future (if it happens for us).
I’m still undecided and since it’s such a big decision, I think it’s best to wait a little longer until we’re really sure. I’ve still kind of got my heart set on a pug. I have big plans to knit it jumpers!
If a dog chose you, what breed would it be? If you’ve got a dog, you should take the test to see if it matches what you’ve got. Let me know in the comments!
If you’ve got a dog, you might enjoy this guest post on hipster dog fashion!
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