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Dog Breeds: Which One Is Right for You?

Before you make your final decision on which dog breed to buy, consider these 10 dog breeds that are right for you.


We’ve all heard that dog is man’s best friend, but with the wide range of breeds available, deciding which one to bring home can be an overwhelming choice. The good news? There are more dog breeds than there are days in the year, so no matter what you want in a pet (whether it’s long-haired or short-haired, friendly or protective), there’s sure to be a breed that fits your needs and lifestyle perfectly. Before you make your final decision on which dog breed to buy, consider these 10 dog breeds that are right for you.

Small dogs

If you want a dog who will be happy to live in an apartment but don’t want a tiny lapdog, a small dog is an excellent choice. As long as you give them sufficient exercise and stimulation, many of these breeds can make good apartment dogs—and they usually need less exercise than bigger dogs do.

For example, on average small dogs only need about 20 minutes of daily exercise versus 45 minutes for medium-sized breeds. (That said, it should go without saying that all dogs need regular physical activity.) Dogs come in all shapes and sizes; each size has its own needs when it comes to caring and feeding.

Some breeds are very expensive because they have been bred over generations to have certain traits or skills, such as hunting or herding livestock. Others are more common but still cost more because of their popularity—for example, because many people want one as a pet. Some breeds are expensive simply because there aren't enough puppies available to meet demand.

The price of a purebred puppy varies depending on whether he's from a breeder or a shelter and whether he's already housebroken and leash trained. A purebred puppy from a breeder might cost $300–$1,000; if you adopt him from an animal shelter instead, his adoption fee could range from $50–$200.

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Medium dogs

If you want a dog with a medium-sized build, then it’s worth considering breeds like Australian Shepherds, Corgis, and Jack Russell Terriers. These three dogs are much cheaper than many other medium-sized breeds, which could save you a lot of money in your first year of owning one.

For example, an adult Australian Shepherd can be purchased from $1,000-$2,000 USD and even less if you’re willing to buy from a breeder who is giving away their puppies.

The same goes for Corgis; they range between $300 and $600 USD depending on their bloodline and certain features like whether or not they have double dewclaws. And while Jack Russell Terriers aren’t quite as cheap as some of these other breeds, they’re still relatively affordable at around $700 USD.

Large dogs

While you may think large dogs cost more, that’s not always true. Large dog breeds tend to have longer lifespans, and so require less care over time. That said, larger dogs do cost more upfront in terms of their initial purchase price, but their added longevity makes them a good investment.

However, be sure to factor in ongoing costs such as dog food and veterinary visits before deciding on a breed. Larger dogs may also necessitate travel expenses if you want to take them along when you go out with friends or family; however, these can add up quickly if you like to socialize your pet frequently (especially since many larger breeds are less tolerant of long car rides). If it sounds like we’re equivocating here, it’s because there isn’t an easy answer.

Some people prefer small dogs because they can take them anywhere and everywhere without worry—while others enjoy having a giant animal around to protect their home from intruders. The best thing you can do is figure out what you value most about owning a dog, then research breeds based on those criteria. If fun-loving companionship is high on your list of priorities, don't hesitate to get yourself a huge hound!

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