Can Math Help You Choose the Ideal Dog?



Picking out family-oriented pups isn't always an easy decision. With so many different breeds to choose from, how do you find the one you really want? According to FastCoDesign, math might be the secret to bringing a dog into your home.

David McCandless, a data journalist and information designer based out of London, set out to provide legitimate analysis of the world's favorite pooches. Odds are you have read different articles on unique breeds or followed the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to find out which canine appeals to you the most. But there's never been a quantitative reason for choosing dogs - until now.McCandless created a graphic that breaks down pooches by several qualities, including intelligence, lack of genetic disorders, grooming, and estimated costs. He combined each breed's rankings for the categories along an X-axis and their overall popularity on a Y-axis. This model helped determine whether they were "underrated" or "rightly ignored," according to McCandless.After his lengthy analysis, McCandless determined that border terriers and Welsh springer spaniels were undervalued, while English bulldogs were overrated. While some of his analysis is useful, the chart doesn't need to be the linchpin in your decision-making.

How do you pick the right pooch?

It's important to remember that dogs require a lot of upkeep to maintain their health. From daily walks, training, and regular grooming, there's always work to be done with your canine. But they're like another child and choosing the best family-oriented pups for your household is challenging. The outside magazine recommended everyone's favorite family pooch: the Labrador retriever. One of the most popular dogs in the nation, these canines are fiercely loyal and smart. This makes them easy to train and allows your kids to help take care of them. Labs are a medium to large breed that requires a lot of exercises, so make sure you're ready to dish out the high quantity of exercise and engagement they need. The I Love Dogs Site suggested that owners with younger children consider adopting Boxers into their families. One of this breed's most endearing qualities is its love for kids. These family-oriented pups crave human interaction and prefer to be close by their owners rather than off on their own. Whichever breed you choose, be sure to sign up for PetPlus to access discounted accessories and supplements for your new canine.

Medium Dog Breeds to Choose From

A dogโ€™s size is one of the most important factors to consider when searching for the right breed to bring home. This is because the size of a dog has a direct impact on their lifestyle, and in turn, yours. Large dogs require a great deal of exercise, plenty of room to move around, and generally cost more than smaller dogs when it comes to food, grooming, and other expenses. Small and miniature dogs can make great companion pets, but they may not be the best fit if you want to involve your dog in outdoor activities like hiking or camping. For prospective owners who are looking for something in between, a medium dog breed may be a perfect choice. Medium-sized dogs generally weigh 23-44 lbs., and there is a variety of anything-but-average breeds to choose from. Below are some of the most popular.


The Basenji (pictured above) is an ancient breed that has been around for over 5,000 years. These happy and spirited dogs can be easily trained, and are always eager to please their owners. The Basenji gets along with other dogs, but they may not enjoy the company of non-canine animals or small children.


This famous hunting dog has evolved over the years into the perfect family pet. Lively, curious, and often mischievous, the Beagle thrives on companionship with their owners as well as other dogs. Be careful with your food around a Beagle -- their hunting instincts havenโ€™t been bred out, and they are scent hounds who enjoy tracking down a tasty meal.

Border Collie

One of the most intelligent breeds, the Border Collie is highly obedient and craves attention. Their level of intelligence means that this breed needs plenty of stimulation and exercise. These dogs are not very friendly with cats or dogs of the same sex and donโ€™t exhibit much patience with children.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is an ideal pet. These dogs are loyal, obedient, and very easy to train. Among dog lovers, the Boston Terrier is often referred to as the โ€œpeople pleaserโ€ for its agreeable personality and loving temperament.

Cocker Spaniel

Bred as hunting dogs and brought to the US from the UK by the late 1800s, Cocker Spaniels are today one of the most popular breeds. With long ears and penetrating eyes, these dogs are happy, adaptable, and easy to train. Early socialization will help with any tendency toward timidity that can sometimes occur in this breed.

English Springer Spaniel

This breed is lauded as the ancestor of all English hunting spaniels, and the term โ€œspringerโ€ comes from the technique of โ€œspringingโ€ game out from bushes and into the air. These fun-loving, sociable, and energetic dogs love outdoor activities such as games of fetch, swimming, and long walks.

French Bulldog

The stumpy and adorable French Bulldog with its signature โ€œbatโ€ ears is a popular choice in the medium dog breed category. These jovial, affectionate, and easy-going companion dogs enjoy daily walks and tend to bond most closely with one special person.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Low, long, and stocky, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an outgoing, intelligent, and devoted breed. These dogs tend to be wary of strangers and have a protective streak, which makes them excellent watchdogs.


This elegant sporting breed has a slender and athletic build. Despite being affectionate, these dogs have rather independent personalities and must be handled and trained gently. The Whippet is not too fond of strangers but gets along easily with children and other dogs.

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