Are you debating your dream dog? A new research-intensive tool could be just what you need to find your ideal canine companion. Created by leading pet food manufacturer Webbox, the Dog Breed Decider analyses the personality traits, physical attributes, unique behaviours and requirements of every dog breed.

Each person provides individual responses to a wide range of lifestyle questions, with the tool then using a unique points-based algorithm to compare these factors against each dog breed and help dog-lovers find their ideal four-legged friend. The tool uses comprehensive research to cover every dog breed, ensuring that you will be matched with a breed that meets your needs and is appropriate for your lifestyle.

The factors assessed within the quiz to determine your ideal breed include:

  • How much space you have in your home
  • How much outdoor space you have
  • If you’ve owned a dog before
  • If your dog will be around children
  • If your dog will be around other pets
  • How well you can tolerate barking
  • How well you can tolerate shedding
  • How long your dog will be left alone each day
  • How much exercise your dog will get
  • How much money you can dedicate to your dog

You can also prioritise your selection to emphasise the attributes that are the most and least important to you and your lifestyle.

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The tool has been created in light of recent statistics that reveal that so many pet owners do little to no research before buying a dog.

According to the PDSA’s 2018 report, 5.2 million owners did no research at all before taking on their pet. Meanwhile, Dogs Trust found that 20 per cent of dog owners spent less than two weeks carrying out research before buying their dog. A staggering 25,000 dogs are deserted just at the start of each year, for reasons such as barking too much, panting and neediness. In addition, 70 per cent of people do not believe that the lifetime upkeep of owning a dog can cost £10,000 or more – another factor contributing to the high abandonment rate.

Julie Butcher, head of marketing at Webbox, said, “Statistics around the abandonment of dogs are both shocking and upsetting. Some people base their dog choices on appearance and knowing a similar breed they have been introduced to by a family member or friend. However, temperament is just one of several different factors that need to be taken into account when deciding which dog breed is ideal for you.

“This not only includes your house type and living situation, but also your individual tolerance of the various traits and habits of the dog you’d like to own. It’s also important to think about what your future living situation could look like. For example; you may plan to have children or downsize your home, which should also be considered.”

To find out which four-legged friend is the perfect match for you, visit https://www.webbox.co.uk/dog-breed-decider/

This is a guest essay by Glen Davies. Want to write for us? Visit www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/essay-submission or email editorial@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk

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