Getting a family pet is an exciting time. It’s likely your kids have been begging you for months (maybe even years!) to add a cat or a dog to your growing family, and secretly, you’re keen on the idea yourself.
Britain is a nation of pet lovers, but new research from Sainsbury’s Bank has found that just over half (51%) of cat and dog owners don’t research their pet’s breed before getting them. On top of this worrying statistic, the study found that 22% of owners regret choosing their pet’s breed.
The breed of a dog or a cat can heavily influence its personality. Labradors are renowned for being friendly, playful pups who love running around, while shih tzus have a reputation for being reserved lapdogs. We may be generalising a bit, and this might not be true of every Labrador or shih tzu because each pet is individually different, but it does mean some breeds aren’t suitable for everyone.
To help make sure you pick the right breed for your family, Sainsbury’s Bank have introduced Pawfect Match. It’s an interactive tool that lets you answer questions about your family’s lifestyle before matching you with a suitable breed of cat or dog.
TV vet, Dr Scott Miller said: “Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes and have different temperaments. Looking after a pet is a huge commitment so it is important that people undertake adequate research before buying a pet to ensure it is a happy experience for you and the animal.”
With families having so many different needs, the tool helps you think about the type of traits you might look for in a pet. For example, if someone in your home suffers with allergies, you might want to think about a hypoallergenic cat or dog breed. Plus, not all dogs or cats are compatible with young children so it’s important to do your research.
You can try the tool for yourself to discover what kind of dog breed could be a good addition to your family.