What Dog Breed Is Right for Your Family?

Ian Fortey

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About This Quiz

Do you know how many different breeds of dogs there are in the world?  It's a tougher question to answer than you might think, since not everyone recognizes every breed. For instance, the American Kennel Club recognizes 202 different breeds, but The Kennel Club recognizes 211.  Where'd those extra 9 come from? And if you really want to get confused, the World Canine Organization, or Federation Cynologique Internationale, recognizes 344 breeds. 

So yeah, there are a lot of pups out there: from the common breeds like poodles or German Shepherds to the Cirneco dell'Etna which you'll probably need to Google (but thumbs up if you don't, because that's a rare one.) How is anyone supposed to pick the right dog out of the hundreds that are out there? Sure, sometimes you just see a dog and know, but you don't always get that chance. 

You can help narrow the playing field a bit by understanding what your family is like and then trying to find the dog that best matches up with you. Lucky for you, we can help with that. All you need to do is take the quiz, and in no time, you'll know just what kind of pup you should be playing fetch with. Or at least watching Netflix with while it snores.  

What are you and your family most likely to be doing on a Saturday morning at around 10 am?

Is it OK for a dog to eat human food sometimes?

How many walks per day do you think you'll be going on with the dog?

Where do you think your dog will be sleeping?

How do you plan on deciding on a name for the dog?

Is there any particular reason you want to get a dog right now?

Have you ever had a dog in the past?

Aside from dogs, what other kind of pet do you like?

If you are heading out on vacation, where's the dog going to go?

Are you a fan of big dogs or the little guys?

Are you going to take some time to teach your dog any tricks?

Is the dog going to have its own special wardrobe?

Whose job is it going to be to take care of the dog's needs like feeding and walking?

What kind of toys are you hoping your dog is going to enjoy playing with?

What's your opinion on people who post dog-shaming photos on social media?

If your dog is a drooly pup is that going to be an issue?

Do you want your dog to be a barker?

Which holiday do you enjoy celebrating the most?

There are a ton of dogs in movies. What dog-themed moved was your favorite?

Do you like to have people come over to your home a lot for get-togethers?

Overall, would you say you have a very active lifestyle or not so much?

If it's you and the dog alone, what are you going to do together?

Lots of places out in the world are pet-friendly these days. Where would you take your dog?

How do you plan to go about bathing your dog?

No one likes doggy breath. How are you keeping your pup smelling fresh?

Have you ever had to give medication, like a pill, to a dog before?

What's your favorite activity to do together as a family right now?

Have you given any thought to the type of collar your dog will wear?

What are you and your family most likely to be doing over a long weekend in the summer?

Which fictional dog is far and away the best fictional dog ever?

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