How to Choose the Pawfect Dog to Borrow
How to Choose the Perfect Dog to Borrow

How to Choose the Pawfect Dog to Borrow

5 May 2023

Reviewed by Dr Jill McMaster BVM&S MBA MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and in-house expert at BorrowMyDoggy on 25 May 2023

Just like us, every dog is different with their own individual pawsonality. But sometimes a breed of a dog can give us an idea of what they like to do. Don’t get us wrong there are some pooches who don’t follow the rules, like a Newfoundland that’s scared of a puddle or a Labrador that doesn’t like treats, but in general, picking a breed of dog that matches your personality can make for a pawfect match. And the benefit of borrowing is it’s a great way to learn more about a breed, and see if they’re right for you!

So what kind of breed should you be looking to borrow? If you want…

to go on an adventure

It sounds like you’re looking for a pooch with a lot of energy who loves the great outdoors. Breeds like collies, and springer or cocker spaniels fit the bill here. Be prepared for a pooch who wants to run, investigate and give some strong ‘we’re not stopping till we climb to the top of that mountain’ vibes!

Teddy never stops. He loves walks and fetching tennis balls. He's a great running and mountain biking companion. Ted is always up for an adventure and he's a great companion for active people.

Teddy’s owner Anna, Yorkshire

Teddy, the border collie

a snuggle buddy

People and dogs go perfectly together, because we love pooches and they love us back unconditionally! But there’s no doubt that some breeds are even more cuddly and snuggly than others and none more so than Greyhounds and Staffies. Ok so they like a walk and a play like any other dog, but then when it’s time for cuddles, you better believe they’ll be keeping your spot warm for you.

Dottie is the easiest dog in the world! In true greyhound fashion she is just a big couch potato who loves to snooze and snuggle all day. She is a very sweet girl who will lean into you for attention.

Dottie’s owner Lou, London

Dotty, the greyhound

to play with the kids

Borrowing a dog can be a great way for children to experience spending time with pooches. A lot of breeds of dog, if they’re brought up with kids and have been well socialised, will love to have a good bit of playtime with the young ‘uns.  Always be sure to supervise your children with any dog, as even the friendliest pup can get a fright and give an accidental nip, but in general breeds that love kids include Newfoundlands, Cockapoos and Golden Retrievers.

Toto is a lovely Cockapoo who loves spending time with the family and friends. He loves playing with children, adults and other dogs. He likes going for walks, playing at the dog's park and cuddling at home. He has a really kind nature and loves making new friends.

Toto’s owner, Pablo, London

trendy walks about town

Some breeds of dogs just love a trot about the town centre, picking up their favourite Puppuccino in the hottest dog-friendly cafe, while posing pawfectly for their latest Insta story. Any breed of dog can enjoy that kind of day out but weaving in and out of clothes racks in a trendy boutique might suit some breeds more than others including Miniature Dachshunds and Pomeranians.

The owner of Arlo, the Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund, says:

Arlo is the best little companion for whatever you’re doing. He’s used to pubs, restaurants, shopping trips, day excursions, all types of terrain and weather. He loves making new friends - human and dog. He has little legs but a huge personality and loves a squeaky toy, a tennis ball and a puppuccino!

Brody and Brian

Still not sure about which dog would be your pawfect borrowed friend? Have a go at our dog matching quiz!

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