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How Do I Pick the "Right" Dog?

It’s one of the most common questions we get at Underdog. And though it may seem straightforward, it’s a question that’s fairly complex to answer. After all, we’re talking about a decision that’s going to impact your life — and that of your future four-legged friend — for years to come. 

Training certainly plays a role in molding your pup into a good companion. But breed, genetics, and history are also significant factors. Though it may be tempting to spend hours scrolling online in search of the cutest pup you can find (we get it, we’ve been there), it’s important to do your research so you can make a well-informed decision. 

Our society often glamorizes certain types of dogs; however, the “right dog” looks different for everyone. We’re all different. We have different lifestyles, needs, and capabilities. 

For instance, an avid hiker might find Basset Hounds endearing but realize they’re an impractical choice for their daily activities. Most people won’t feel okay taking a large dog with a known bite history, but fortunately, some are capable and willing to give these dogs a second chance. And someone who thought they wanted a Samoyed might realize, upon further investigation, that a Beagle is a better choice for their lifestyle. 

“Okay great," future dog owners might say, "with all this individual variation, how does someone go about choosing a dog?”

We’re so glad you asked. In fact, it’s precisely why we created the guide Finding Fido: How To Find The Dog That's Right For You.

There, we break down the key steps we recommend all prospective dog owners take as they select their new canine companion. And spoiler alert: This process involves a good bit of introspection.

We have a basic Free Version and a more comprehensive Paid Version to help you navigate this new journey. Let us know if you have questions!

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