A Pooch With The Perfect Personality?
Every dog owner knows that each dog has a unique personality. Like people, every new dog brings something different to the family. Some are excitable, while others are docile. Some are aggressive while others are easy-going. No two dogs are the same. As such, every new addition is a risk. Nobody wants a violent dog, or one that attacks other dogs when they see them. But, how can you ensure your pup doesn’t fall into these categories? As with people, it’s difficult to say what factors contribute to these personality traits. So, it’s hard to get a grip on them. The good news is that there are a few factors sure to make a difference. We’re going to look at a few of them to help you get the dog you deserve.
The most primary factor that impacts personality is breed. Each dog’s bred with different characteristics in mind. While it can seem cold to consider character this way, it’s important that you do. Most dog owners admit to surprise at how similar their pooch is to others of its breed. If you’re in the early stages of planning, it’s worth looking at something like this list of top 10 small, medium & large dog breeds; facts, information & names. The more you know about characteristics of each breed, the better position you’ll be in to make a decision. It’s also worth thinking about the origins of each breed. A dog bred for companionship is such to be more docile than one bred for hunting.
Of course, personality types within breeds do vary to some extent. It would be naive to think that this one factor will ensure you get the dog you want. Our experiences have a significant impact on who we are. Any nature vs. nurture study shows as much. And, our dogs are no different. Even the best-natured dog could become unpredictable if they’ve had a bad past. This mainly applies to those buying an older dog, but it’s relevant to puppies, too. Puppies bred for puppy mills, for example, will have had a traumatic early life. That could have detrimental effects. Plus, you should bear the importance of experience in mind when raising your pup. If they have bad experiences along the way, their gentle nature could turn to aggression at any time.
In true keeping with the nature vs. nurture argument, owners also have an impact on temperament. If you smother your pup in love and affection, they’re more likely to have a good personality. But, that’s not the only thing you need to consider. It’s also important to make sure your dog has good experiences in the outside world. From an early age, socialize them with other dogs to ensure they don’t become aggressive when out of the house. Do everything you can, too, to ensure they never come to any harm when they’re out with you. If something bad happens on a walk, your wonderful, confident dog could become nervous.