We all think we know what type of dog we like and would want to adopt. All your life you’ve loved golden retrievers and a golden retriever is exactly the dog you are going to stick with. What’s the old adage? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. End of story.
Maybe you should go for a dog that isn’t a golden retriever. Maybe, just maybe, you should go for a dog that isn’t your type.
Here are four reasons why:
Dogs of all breeds are in need of forever homes.
Sure, you could probably find a golden-specific rescue, but there may be a dog of another breed or mixed-breed available immediately and in desperate need. Helping that dog may be the most rewarding thing you ever do.
You get to learn more about dogs and perhaps yourself.
You know goldens, you don’t know Australian cattle dogs. Adopting a dog that isn’t your type will open the door to getting to know more than just your type.
A dog that isn’t your type may even get you exercising.
Maybe your type of dog is a dog that likes to rest more than it likes to play or run. Getting a more active dog will force you to become more active. Getting a dog that isn’t your type might even end up saving your life!
If you are a big dog person, adopt a little dog and if you are a little dog person, give a big dog a shot.
I always thought I could never have a little dog and now one of my favorite dogs in the world is a shih tau. You just never know.
We all like to be comfortable and we all like the reliable. Some times it benefits everyone to take a step outside of those comfortable and known areas Give it a shot. Get a dog that you don’t consider your type.