Do you know why people buy pugs or Labradors? It may just be because their owners like them. But that doesn’t mean these dogs aren’t valuable they’re all part of our rich cultural history. The American Kennel Club (AKC) estimates that more than 80 percent of Americans own at least one pet.
And while some pets are simply companions, others can help us make sense of life’s events. Dogs provide unconditional love and acceptance. They also give back by helping us cope with loss, illness and loneliness.
But if you’ve ever been turned down when trying to adopt a puppy because someone said “No Pugs,” you already know that choosing the right dog isn’t easy. That’s especially true if you don’t grow up around animals. People often prefer certain types of dogs without even knowing it. Some common preferences include:
- Grooming requirements
- Energy level
- Watching television
- Being used as a therapy animal
While those traits sound good, we rarely consider whether we really need them. For instance, if you live with other adults, watching TV with your dog could lead to barking fits or separation anxiety attacks. Another example is energy levels. If you work long hours, you might not notice that your dog has trouble waking you up in the morning since he or she will eventually get fed.
These things matter less when you’re dealing with puppies because they’ll adjust to you anyway. So before buying any dog, ask yourself what kind of lifestyle you lead. Then, look for dogs that fit into this lifestyle.
The popularity of different breeds varies greatly across the country. In New York City, for example, pit bull terriers are among the top 10 most popular breeds. Meanwhile, in Portland, Maine, only two pit …