Let’s have some fun today, by moving away from some of my more serious health-related posts. Are you wondering what are the best dog breeds for me? I discovered this nifty quiz, which can help match you with the most suitable dog breeds. Consequently, I think this Animal Planet Dog Selector is pretty cool.
What does the quiz take into account?
It’s a short questionnaire that takes only a couple of minutes and it’s quite simple to complete. Perhaps most importantly, it takes into account the following important criteria:
- your lifestyle and how active you are
- how much time you are willing to spend exercising your dog
- how often you want to play with them
- what sort of characteristics you want your dog to have
- the level of grooming maintenance you are willing to undertake
- behaviour towards you and other animals
- and of course, size of dog – which is all important because not everyone has large houses surrounded by acres of land or forest!
It’s great as it gives you one best match, but also a list of next best matches. So if your best match doesn’t particularly appeal to you for some reason, there are other good matches available. It also provides pictures and names of the breeds, which is great to help you decide.
Here is my own example of what came out when I took the quiz:
One piece of advice…
Be as honest as possible with your answers, especially if you are actually going to use this as a guide to making actual decisions. In particular is the amount of time you have to exercise a dog on a daily basis. This is maybe one of the most important questions to answer honestly.
Otherwise you could end up with a very active dog, that doesn’t quite get it’s exercise quota. This can result in quite a few behavioural issues which can be upsetting for both you and your dog.
PLEASE NOTE: Since I originally wrote this article, privacy legislation changed in the UK, As a result many US-based websites have chosen to restrict access to their websites for UK-based residents. Sometimes they extend this to Europe as well. Thank you to the kind people that let me know they couldn’t access my original quiz. For anyone that falls into that category, here is an alternative link.
A small section on dog training
Whether you are taking on a young puppy, or an adult dog, if you ever find you need additional help and support for training, there is free online help available to get you started. It may turn out you and your doggie friend require face-to-face help with training, from an expert or as part of a group session, but why not check out the free resources first and see how you get on.
As always, I would welcome your comments, any questions or just some general feedback. You can leave these below.
And if you feel like it, it would be great to get some of your own match results. It would be interesting to see what, if any, are the most common matches from the quiz. It doesn’t have to be the pictures, but just the name of the breed – let’s see what comes out of it all!
Have a great day dog lovers!