Perfect paws: how to choose your perfect furry family friend

A staggering 25,000 dogs are deserted at the start of each year, for reasons such as barking too much, panting and neediness.

In addition, 70% of people do not believe that the lifetime upkeep of owing a dog can cost £10,000 or more – another factor contributing to the high abandonment rate.

It is recommended that those looking to invest in a dog spend at least two weeks researching beforehand, to ensure they are as prepared as possible when taking on the responsibility.

To help with this decision, pet food manufacturer Webbox has created Dog Breed Decider, a new tool that analyses the personality traits, behaviours and requirements of every dog breed while comparing them to an extensive list of the owner’s lifestyle factors, before presenting them with a perfect match.

Reviewing 29 attributes relating to the owner before producing a result, users can change the position of their results, prompting users to prioritise their answers and really think about what is both possible and important when looking to take in their furry friend.

Using a unique and custom built algorihm, results focus on the dog’s common abilities, needs and qualities, which are tailored to the user’s list of priorities, as well as providing a compatibility score.

For many families, a dog that is friendly, energetic and loving is most important. Taking data from the Dog Breed Decider, below are the top dog breeds perfect of owners if all types.

Large families – Belgian Shepherd

Small families – Bull Terrier

Young couple – Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Older couple – Australian Silky Terrier

Fitness fanatic – Doberman Pinscher

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 www.webbox.co.uk/dog-breed-decider/.