Bringing a dog home is a big deal. Not only is it a major time commitment (many dogs live at least 10 years) but a financial commitment as well. Making this big of a decision can be terrifying, especially if you’ve never owned a dog. You might be wondering, “Which dog breed is best for me?” and “Will my dog fit into my lifestyle?” These are questions you should feel comfortable and confident answering before adopting, but where do you start?
We at The Spruce are every dog’s biggest fans, and it’s just as important to us to help pups find their fur-ever homes. We created this quiz to help potential dog owners discover the breeds best-suited to them and their lifestyle. Your final result is influenced by a handful of factors like how much space you have, whether you have other pets or kids, how active you are, and certain characteristics that you’re looking for in a dog.
Every dog deserves a loving home, and we’re so excited to be part of your journey. Take our quiz to reveal which breeds may be the best fit for you.
Are You Ready for a Dog?
First, it’s crucial that you know you’re ready for this big milestone and that you have the resources to care for a living, breathing animal for their entire lives. Become familiar with the average costs of owning a dog, important health considerations like what to feed and what kind of routine vet care dogs need, how often you need to be available for walks and attention, whether you’ll get pet insurance, and many other elements of dog ownership.
Considerations Before Choosing a Breed
Visualize what your life would look like with your dog—are they big or small, active enough to hike with you or a couch potato, happy to share you with other people and pets or a one-owner type of dog?
Be sure not to fall in love with breeds without fully understanding their characteristics. (That adorable Alaskan Malamute Instagram account doesn't necessarily reveal his temperament and needs!)
Some breeds require a more involved grooming routine while others must have access to a lot of space. Also, every dog is an individual who may exhibit different personality traits from what is typical for their breed. Spending time with your prospective dog before adoption will help you get to know their specific personality and feel clearer on whether that dog is a good fit for you.