Are you planning on adopting a puppy but can’t decide which one will suit you best among all the dog breeds? Well, we understand it’s obvious to love all of them. Pups are loyal, smart, and most importantly, these wholesome cuties can fill your life with fun activities and boost your Oxytocin and Serotonin levels. These cuddle babies can make you feel warm and secure for 12-20 years. As we talk about these 12 dog breeds, be sure that it will be easy to choose by the end of this article. So, why are you waiting?
1. Samoyed Dog
Aka “Sammies” win hearts with their intelligence, thick all-white coat, and never-ending smile! They are gentle yet powerful, adaptive, high on energy, and all in all beautiful. Samoyeds are amiable and rarely aggressive. They can become friends with even a stranger you meet while on a walk. Thus, they are not the ideal dogs to guard you. However, with proper training, they can be alert watchdogs. Samoyeds enjoy getting love and attention. In fact, they are very needy. These dogs are social but not dominant. Hence they are even good with other breeds. Originating in Siberia as a working breed, Samoyeds have the innate need for being highly active.
Ideal diet for Samoyed: Balanced dry/wet dog food with proper growth nutrition.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $5,999, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, and 2/3 of the amount will decrease from the year following.
2. Maltese Dog
Originated in south-central Europe, the Maltese breed is a loyal companion that is very expressive, has a babyish look and heart-melting soft paws. Maltese are one of the miniature dog breeds and act as a tiny decorative piece in the house that catches all the attention with its silky, pure white coat. Its size makes it the ideal lapdog. Maltese dogs are very gentle and adaptable and hence, can serve you as an endearing watchdog with reward-based training. Maltese dogs can get along with anyone and everyone. In case you are allergic to dog fur, then don’t worry! Maltese do not shed.
Ideal Diet For Maltese: Dry Kibble, low-sodium chicken in very small amounts, beef broth.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $3000, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, and half of the amount will decrease from the year following.
3. Whoodle Dog
Whoodle is one of the mixed dog breeds. They are energetic, enthusiastic, friendly, and smart. Whoodles love to play with toys and crave attention and affection from humans. Whoodle is also ideal for the ones with allergy, due to being hypoallergenic. This breed likes to take charge. They are very sensitive to the owner’s behaviour which makes it difficult to train them sometimes. Hence, make them follow your rules with patience. Though they are great as apartment pets, make sure to take them out for walks. Spend enough time with this breed as they get depressed when left alone.
Ideal Diet For Whoodle: Dry Dog Food. We suggest consulting with a veterinarian since the diet varies according to their weight.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $2599, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense and the amount will decrease from the year following.
4. Shih Tzu
It’s a Tibetan regal breed which is yet another ideal lapdog. This ball of cuteness can charm anyone with its long silky coat, which requires time-to-time grooming. Shih-Tzu puppies are called the “Carpet dogs” due to their tendency to stick to the floor. They are ideal companions for the ones living in small apartments. However, they also like to play outside. They get along very well with kids and other pets. Their behaviour around other dogs varies, as sometimes they may get possessive; however, friendly most of the time. They also tend to be lazy and stubborn at times. Hence it takes a little more efforts to train a Shih Tzu puppy. Shih-Tzus are affectionate to their companions (the owner), kids and even strangers. Shih Tzu puppies look adorable when they smile with their tiny tongue slipping out.
Ideal Diet For Shih-Tzu: Healthy snacks, good quality raw meat with no additives, food consisting of the appropriate amount of protein, healthy fat.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $2599, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which will drop to half from the year following.
5. Shiba Inu
Originating in Japan, Shiba is one of the fun-loving and agile dog breeds. These dogs were bred with the purpose of haunting, and that’s why they have the inherited qualities that make them best adventure buddies. Likewise, with the tendency to wander in the wilderness, Shiba Inu likes to be independent. They are not only fast learners but also fast movers. They like to keep themselves clean, hence lick their paws and legs like cats, now and then. Shibas express their discomfort, joy, sadness by emitting a high-pitched scream. They love to stay close to their owner but can also get along well with guests.
Ideal Diet For Shiba Inu: Brown rice, sweet potatoes, green peas, broccoli, spinach, lean beef, wild omega-rich fish, papaya, cantaloupe.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $3625, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which will drop to one-third from the year following.
6. Corgi Dog
Corgis are one of the highly intelligent dog breeds, which makes them dedicated working dogs. Originated in Wales, this breed is popular amongst US dog lovers. Corgis also crave attention and would try to impress the owner to be close to them always. Corgis want to feel like a part of the family, and they follow the members around. They are agile, and with their barking tendencies, they can be alert watchdogs. Corgis are eager learners, but it can be quite tough to train them due to the “Know-it-all” attitude. Hence, the training must begin while it’s a puppy. They need to be socialised with other animals and people properly as corgis can grow antisocial tendencies.
Ideal Diet For Corgi: Meat, Vegetables, Meals consisting 50-75% animal protein, 15-18% fat, and 25% carbohydrate.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $3800, including all the medical, training, and dietary expenses, which will drop to one-third from the year following.
7. Siberian Huskies
Husky is one of the working dog breeds that originated in Siberia. These dogs are friendly, intelligent, and highly active. Their alert nature makes them agile guard dogs, and they howl like wolves. Siberian Huskies are very gentle with kids. In fact, they seem to be best friends. They are independent, love to wander, and due to their history, they do not like being caged. Huskies exhibit prey-instincts when in a howl. They can also get into fights and try to overpower each other within the pack. They need to be trained and socialized with small animals properly to control erratic aggression.
Ideal Diet For Husky: Dry/wet dog food, raw chicken, beef, lamb, fish, fruits (except grapes, raisins), and vegetables.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $3999, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense which will drop to less than half from the year following.
8. Pomeranian Dog
Aka “Poms” are another cute toy dog breed that grabs all the attention with its tiny size. Originated in Central Europe, this breed is friendly, quick, highly active and expressive. They can be playfully competitive with other dog breeds and humans. Poms are very alert and can be sensitive to the changes in their territory, which in fact, they communicate with the owner through extended barking. Pomeranians have their way of charming the owner and are also easy to train.
Ideal Diet For Pomeranian: Dry Kibble in small pieces, high-quality wet kibble, dairy products, minced raw chicken carcass, food rich in fatty acids.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will range from $1000 – $3000, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which will decrease from the year following.
9. Basset Hound
This loyal, playful, and friendly breed originated from France and Belgium. They were bred with the purpose to hunt small animals. Their dangling ears and heart-melting innocent eyes catch all the attention. Due to having short legs, they tend to be slow. Basset Hounds are polite, caring towards children and get along very well with other dogs. Basset hounds are highly expressive and active when it comes to outdoor activities and can keep track of everything. However, they can also be willful and stubborn if not trained properly.
Ideal Diet For Basset Hounds: Complete and balanced kibble with essential nutrients.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will range around $2699, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which will decrease by half from the year following.
Bulldogs are one of the ancient dog breeds that originated in old England. They are medium in size with a muscular built and funny appearance. Bulldogs are the cuddle babies that love to be held on the lap. This breed of dogs are friendly, expressive, peace-loving and treat children like their precious siblings. Bulldogs do not require regular exercise or training. They grow slowly and are less interested in activities involving high energy. Bulldogs are brave, dignified, good at taking care; but can be stubborn at times. Nonetheless, they are considered ideal pets by many families.
Ideal Diet For Bulldogs: Rich in protein, high-quality dog foods, foods consisting of at least 8% fat and 22% protein.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $5199, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which will drop to one-fourth of the total from the year following.
11. Golden Retriever
Aka “Goldies” hail from Newfoundland, Canada. Golden Retrievers were bred to be hunting companions. Even though tempered, they are an adaptive and intelligent dog breed that does a great job as a guard, guide, rescuer, and sniffer. So be sure that your Goldie will be there for you in case of any danger. Golden retrievers are kind, tolerant, friendly, and reliable, which makes them excellent family dogs. Despite the large size, golden retrievers love to stay active even during old age. They cheerfully participate in various family activities and carry out all the assigned tasks. They want to please the owner and the family members, which makes it easy to train them.
Ideal Diet For Retrievers: High-quality kibble consisting balanced proportion of calories, minerals, trace elements and vitamins.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around $2299, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which will decrease from the year following.
12. Indian Pariah Dog
Aka “Desi Dogs” are familiar in the Indian sub-continent which traces back to the indigenous times. They like to socialise, are good with people of all ages, and brilliant as service dogs. Indian Pariahs are highly energetic for activities that involve lots of exploration. Indian Pariahs crave independence, and yet they love to stay in a pack. These dogs are capable; however, not interested in boring training sessions. They do not catch diseases like other breeds due to genetic reasons and adaptability. They are great at guarding the owner for always being alert of new faces. Houses with open space, terrace, yard, backyard are great for having this breed as a companion.
Ideal Diet For Pariah Dogs: Meat-based protein, fat, and carbohydrate.
Yearly Expense: For the adoption year, the annual cost will be around Rs 4999, including all the medical, training, and dietary expense, which vary depending on the location and decrease from the year following accordingly.
Let us know which one among these dog breeds is your favourite!