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A Handy Guide to Getting a Dog: Breeds and Advice

Thinking of getting a new dog? Here’s what you need to know.

There’s nothing quite like the joy a new puppy or dog can bring into your life. The epitome of unconditional love, dogs offer us joy, comfort, and laughter at all ages. And with such a wide variety of dog breeds available, you’re sure to find a four-legged companion whose personality, traits, and needs align with your lifestyle. Whether you’re seeking an energetic Staffordshire Bull Terrier for family outings to the park, a gentle Cavoodle who is happy to snuggle with you on the lounge, or a hard-working Border Collie with limitless energy, the perfect dog breed awaits you. At Gumtree, we provide access to responsible dog breeders as well as rescue shelters across Australia. This enables us to assist you in connecting with your new furry family member, no matter what type of dog or puppy you’re in search of.

Breeds

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Cavoodle

Family-friendly

Golden Retriever

The Joy of Unconditional Companionship

So much of the beauty of owning a dog or a puppy lies in their unwavering loyalty. Their expressive eyes, wagging tails, and enthusiastic nature make them the best companions anyone could wish for. Whether it’s an afternoon spent lounging together or a morning walk in the park, they’re always ready to share in life’s little moments, filling your forever homes with love, laughter, and paw prints.

Health Boosters and Happiness Promoters

More than just adorable companions; dogs & puppies are your fitness partners, nudging you into a routine and setting you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. From daily walks to playing fetch in the park, they keep you active, ensuring you’re as lively and energetic as they are. And their constant companionship provides comfort and emotional support, enriching your mental health one paw-step at a time.

Perfect Playmates for the Little Ones

Dogs & puppies are excellent playmates for children, teaching them empathy, responsibility, and, of course, the art of having absolute fun! They’re not just pets, but playmates, protectors, and cherished childhood companions who fill their young lives with memorable moments.

A Journey of Love, Joy and…Mild Mayhem

While the journey with dogs & puppies is one of love and joy, it also comes with its unique set of adventures. Your energetic and lively companion might have an inquisitive nature, expressing curiosity for your favourite slippers or couch. They may be assertive and confident in exploring the contents of your rubbish bin. Your dog may also be a passionate communicator, adding a soundtrack to your life with their enthusiastic vocalisations. But in the end, it’s all part of their charm, and even when you’re calculating the costs of vaccinations and annual check-ups, you’ll find their love worth every penny.

A Heart Full of Love and a House Full of Paws

Yes, there are practicalities to consider, but at the end of the day, when your gorgeous puppy greets you at the door with a wagging tail, you’ll realise all considerations are dwarfed by the sheer joy of having them in your life. The wet kisses, the cuddly nights, and the fun-filled playtime are all worth it. So, get ready to bring home not just a pet, but a lifetime companion who will fill your life with unconditional love and happiness.

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Barney Bed Orthopedic As New Medium

$250

Barney Bed Orthopedic As New Medium
Ryde, NSW
Royal Canin Dog Food

$80

Royal Canin Dog Food
Oxley Park NSW
Elevated Dog Food and water bowls

$40

Elevated Dog Food And Water Bowls
Ryde, NSW
Kong ball small dog rope toy

$10

Kong Ball Small Dog Rope Toy
Ryde, NSW
Pedigree French Bulldog Puppies

$4,000

Pedigree French Bulldog Puppies
Penrith, NSW
Dog kennel handmade

$50

Dog Kennel Handmade
Bankstown, NSW
Dog leash lead - small - choice of 8 colours

$6

Dog Leash / Lead - Small - Choice Of 8 Colours
Gordon, NSW
Dog Jacket Coat Fleece Warm

$13

Dog Jacket Coat Fleece Warm
Gordon, NSW

Need to list your dog?

Need to list your dog?

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Dog breeds that will suit your lifestyle

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Best breeds for apartments

Best Breeds For Apartments

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Hypoallergenic dog breeds

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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Best breeds for families

Best Breeds For Families

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Medium breeds

Medium Breeds

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Terrier Breeds

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Sporting Dogs

Sporting Dogs

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Toy Dog Breeds

Toy Dog Breeds

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Herding dogs

Herding Dogs

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FAQs About Getting a Dog

Choosing a responsible breeder is critical when looking for a new pup to join your family. An ethical breeder will demonstrate a deep commitment to the health and wellbeing of their animals. This involves having each dog or puppy routinely vet-checked and up-to-date with all necessary vaccinations. This care may include annual health screenings, parasite checks, heart checks, dental health assessments, blood tests, and regular physical check-ups.

Pups from ethical breeders can even come with a contractual health guarantee outlining the responsibilities of the new owner as well as certifying the health of the puppy at the time of adoption.

Responsible breeders ensure that their litter of gorgeous puppies is raised in a nurturing environment, laying a healthy foundation for their lives ahead. So, if you’re interested in adding a new furry friend to your family, seeking out an ethical breeder is a vital first step.

Choosing between a dog or a puppy depends on several factors, including your lifestyle, living arrangements, and the amount of time you can devote to training and socialising a young pup. Puppies, while adorable, require much more time and attention, while adult dogs are often already trained and might fit into your routine more easily.
Adopting a dog can be a rewarding experience. It’s important to remember that adopted dogs may need time to adjust to their new home, and some may have traumas or behaviours that need addressing with patience and possibly professional assistance. Consider the dog’s breed, temperament, size, and energy level when adopting to ensure it matches your lifestyle.
Choosing a dog breed depends on your lifestyle, living conditions, and personal preferences. All dog breeds come with their unique quirks and charms, which is why researching different breeds’ characteristics, energy levels, sizes, and temperaments is essential. Keep in mind that different breeds will have different care requirements. It’s also crucial to consider any potential health conditions that specific breeds may be predisposed to as well as their hypoallergenic status.
The “best” temperament in a dog will depend on what you’re looking for. Some people might prefer a more energetic and playful dog, while others might want a calm and laid-back companion. It’s important to remember that individual dogs within a breed can also vary significantly in temperament.
Purebred dogs have registration papers, signifying both parents are of the same registered breed. Mixed breed dogs, also known as mutts, are the offspring of unregistered parents of different breeds, often with unpredictable traits. Designer dogs, or hybrids, are intentionally bred from two different purebred dogs to create new breeds with specific qualities, such as a Labradoodle, which combines the low-shedding qualities of a Poodle with the temperament of a Labrador. The traits of designer dogs are more predictable than mixed breeds as they are bred through multiple generations.

While the list is always changing, some of the most popular dog breeds in Australia at the moment include the following:

  1. Cavoodle: A friendly and low-shedding mix of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.
  2. Golden Retriever: Known for their friendly and tolerant attitude.
  3. French Bulldog: Small but sturdy, French Bulldogs have a unique and loveable face
  4. German Shepherd: Intelligent and versatile, German Shepherds excel in any task they’re given.
  5. Groodle: A mix of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, they’re known for their intelligence and friendliness.
  6. Labrador Retriever: Friendly and easygoing, they make great family pets.
  7. Labradoodle: A Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix that’s intelligent and friendly.
  8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Small, loving, and great with families and other pets.

These dog breeds are recognised as some of the most intelligent due to their quick learning ability and responsiveness to commands and problem-solving:

  • Border Collie: Known as a workaholic of the dog world, this breed is often considered the most intelligent. They are excellent at herding and can understand and follow complex commands.
  • Poodle: Known for their smarts and elegance, Poodles are easy to train and are great at problem-solving.
  • German Shepherd: German Shepherds are known for their intelligence and versatility, often used as working dogs in many fields.
  • Golden Retriever: This breed is known for its friendly nature and willingness to please, making it quick to learn and obedient.
  • Doberman Pinscher: Sharp and loyal dogs, Dobermans are often trained as guard dogs.
    Shetland Sheepdog: This breed is clever and excels in obedience training.
  • Labrador Retriever: Labradors are not just friendly and good-natured, they’re also very brainy companions.
  • Papillon: Small and bright-minded, Papillons are known for their energetic nature and quick learning skills.
  • Rottweiler: Rottweilers are powerful, loyal, and protective with a high capacity for learning.

 

Remember, the intelligence of a breed can be subjective and depends on the individual dog and the type of training they receive. A dog’s intelligence is also related to their eagerness to learn and their desire to please their owners. So, no matter what breed you choose, with the right training, patience, and care, you can have a clever companion by your side

Before buying or adopting a potential new family member it’s important to understand the financial commitment involved in owning a dog. These costs can be broken down into initial, day-to-day, and additional expenses.

Initial expenses:

  • adoption or purchase fees ($150–$5,000+)
  • initial vet costs ($200–$500)
  • neutering ($50 $200)
  • vaccinations ($50–$100 annually)
  • microchipping ($50–$100)
  • essential items like bowls, bedding, and toys ($5–$200)
  • training classes ($300).

Total: $455–$6,200

 

Day-to-day costs: 

  • dog food ($20–$50 weekly)
  • treats ($20–$50 monthly)
  • routine vet care ($100–$300 yearly)
  • flea and tick prevention ($20–$50 monthly)
  • pet insurance ($20–$100 monthly)
  • grooming ($20–$50 monthly)
  • additional training sessions ($80+ each)
  • toys for enrichment ($20–$50 monthly).

Total: $1,620–$4,600

 

Additional costs:

  • emergency vet care ($400+)
  • pet sitting or boarding ($20 per hour or more)
  • dog walking or daycare ($20 per hour or more)
  • potential home or yard modifications can vary widely.

 

Understanding these costs is an essential first step in your journey to find a new four-legged friend. Taking a moment to consider your budget before exploring Gumtree’s classifieds for dogs for sale is about ensuring the comfort and wellbeing of your future companion. But as any pet owner will testify, the financial commitment pales in comparison to the priceless rewards of their dog’s unwavering loyalty and love.