If you love dogs and really want a fur baby of your own, you might be wondering what kind you should get. A whopping 193 dog breeds are currently recognized by the American Kennel Club, so you certainly have a wealth of options to choose from. Luckily, there’s an easy way to narrow those options down.
Lauren McDevitt, co-founder of Good Dog, a website that helps match prospective owners to reputable shelters and breeders, says it’s super important to consider your lifestyle before bringing a pup home. For instance, if you exercise regularly, you’d probably enjoy a four-legged friend who loves going on your daily jog as much as you do. But if your favorite sport is napping, you’d probably benefit more from a pup who prefers a nice leisurely walk with lots of snuggles on the couch afterward.
Scroll down to learn more from Lauren about some adorable, adoptable dog breeds, and find out if any of their personalities match yours!
The Avid Outdoors Woman
German Shorthair Pointer
The eager and enthusiastic German Shorthaired Pointer served as devoted bird dog for many years. With their origins in hunting and working, this breed requires stimulation and would do best with someone who can tire them out with physical activity in the great outdoors.
The Loyal Friend
American Staffordshire Terrier
Known for their tireless loyalty and extremely affectionate nature, the AmStaff will always be ready to jump up on the couch and cuddle with you. This breed is incredibly good-natured and loves to be close to their humans, so they’ll never turn down a chance to snuggle.
The Adventurous Woman
To keep a Weimaraner physically and mentally happy, you’ll need to provide them with tons of exercise. Consistent walks are just the bare minimum for this incredibly active breed — they’d be much better off being paired with someone who will take them for a good, long trek on a consistent basis.
The Solo Traveler
Patient and gentle, the independent but sweet Basset Hound is a great fit for anyone who lives alone. They are low-energy and don’t require much activity, so a daily walk should do the trick for this low-slung breed. The Basset Hound can be somewhat playful and stubborn, but for the most part this breed is just happy to be a couch potato next to their favorite human.
The Mover and Groover
Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog was originally an extremely vigilant and talented herder. As a companion, they thrive on vigorous exercise and activity, making them excellent candidate to join you on your daily activities.
Although they might take up a little more space, the Boxer is a goofy and warmhearted breed. While they love to play and adventure, they’re equally as thrilled to spend quality time relaxing and snuggling with their humans. Boxers are just large, affectionate lap dogs who never want to be far from family.
The Cuddly Comic
Small enough to carry and extremely devoted to their human companions, having a Brussels Griffon is like having a second shadow. This breed becomes incredibly bonded to their person and never wants to be far from them. If you’re looking for a sweet, comical, and faithful dog to share your home (and your bed), the Brussels Griffon is an excellent choice.
The Jogging Enthusiast:
The fearless Doberman has held many different jobs throughout history — including tax collector’s dog, therapy dog, and K-9 military. Their fearless and devoted nature makes them a great candidate to be a running companion in an active household.
The Single Lady
Despite their regal stature, the Pekingese is extremely affectionate and loyal. They are charming and calm, making them a good candidate for a single person household. This breed becomes very bonded to their person — their main goal is to be a loving and comforting companion. A bit clownish in nature, the Pekingese prefers to take life at their own pace.
The Independent Homebody
The comical, clever, and independent Chinese Shar-Pei typically gravitates towards one person and becomes tremendously bonded to them. This breed adapts well to different lifestyles and makes for a companion and guard dog that is unlike any other. They are calm, intelligent, and wildly dedicated to their families.