Deciding what kind of dog to get is as important as deciding whether to get a dog in the first place. The ANKC recognizes almost 200 breeds of dog, and each of these breeds has its own unique temperament, appearance, activity level and set of needs. You should do some serious and careful research to determine which breed of dog is right for you and your family and in particular , its suitability for living in the harsh conditions of the Northern Territory.
Where to start
Several websites that can help you narrow down your choices to several dog breeds that will suit your age and stage of life are listed here and may be helpful in assisting you with your choice.
Characteristics to consider when choosing a breed include:
All little puppies are adorable. They grow quickly and some of them grow a lot. Find out how large in height and weight that cute puppy will become before you bring him home. Remember that larger dogs require more food and space. Is your yard or living room big enough to meet his needs? And keep in mind that some little dogs still need lots of room to run around and burn off energy.
All dogs need to be groomed regularly to stay healthy and clean; most dogs will shed. Some dogs shed profusely all year round. Some shed in clumps for a few weeks. And some dogs shed only a little bit. Some breeds have continuously growing coats that tend to catch the hair so that it is not shed around the house. These breeds are preferable for allergy sufferers but may take extra maintenance as the coats will need to be clipped every few months.
Long-coated dogs are beautiful to look at, but require a lot of effort to stay that way. Short-coated dogs are easier to care for, but may still shed, and may require protection in cold or wet weather. Dogs with fancy trims may need professional grooming. Decide how much dog hair you're willing to put up with, and how much time and energy you can afford when you're deciding which breed is right for you.
[Information supplied by DogsVictoria]