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A corona-proof friend: Popular dog breeds in the Netherlands

Last updated 5 months ago by Michael Darmanin

As the Covid-19 limitations all over the world are prolonging, we are limiting our physical contacts more and more every day. Meanwhile, the increasing lack of physical and social interaction might cause a feeling of loneliness and depression. Even thought technological advances are at their best possible state now, and they offer a diverse range of virtual activities, they can hardly cover the lack of physical interaction. Virtual activities might appear as mentally fulfilling, but we all know that we need something more and with a different nature.

Fortunately, it is still possible to get a friendly pet and take care of it. If you ever had a dog, you know that it can shower you in love, attention and care. Netherlands is a dog-friendly country. So many side-walks and facilities are designed for families with dogs. Houses and neighborhoods are usually welcoming for dogs and your dog will run into a few others everytime you walk it.

However, if you are planning to adopt a dog, there are a few things to consider before. First, just consider this situation is not eternal. The fact that we have so many time now as most of us work from home, does not eliminate the possibility of getting back to normal work routine in the near future. Therefore, don’t get a dog because you are bored now. Be aware and responsible and consider that you are welcoming a long-term companion to your house.

Second, before going to pet shops and stores, try shelters. Does buddies need a warm and welcoming home more than their more lucky friends in stores. You can always check their profile and documents with the shelter and take them to a vet before bringing them home.

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Third, be aware of the breed of the dog you are bringing home. Although every dog needs care and attention, some of them are more high energy and thus require tremendous amounts of your time. If you anticipate that you might get busy later, try to get a more independent breed. Don’t forget even the low-maintenance ones need you to feed them, walk them, train them and mind their health.

Popular breeds in the Netherlands

  • 1. Poodle: These fluffy dogs are friendly, trainable and small to average in size. They have three varieties as standard poodle, miniature poodle and toy poodle. They are expected to live between 12 to 15 years and are very playful and kind. If want a soft friend on your couch while you are working in your office, consider this breed.
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2. GreyHound: There dogs are a bit bigger than poodles and will take up more space on your couch. They are intelligent and friendly and will live up to fourteen years with you. Since they are easy-going and calm dogs, they are proper options if you do not have the time to play with them all the day and night.

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3. Dachshund: Also known as wiener dog, Dachshunds are short legged and long bodied breeds. They are expected to live up to twelve years. This breed is a playful one, while being a bit stubborn sometimes. This characteristic in them makes the training a bit more challenging compared to the former two ones.

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4. French Bulldog: Happy and cheerful bodies, living up to fourteen years, this breed is quite easy to take care of. They are energetic but they are also easily satisfied. Play with them and take them for a walk and they will be happy.

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The abovementioned breeds are a few among many common breeds popular in the Netherlands. If you only take walk in a park you will see so many diversity in dogs walking there. The challenge is to find a one compatible with your habits, level of energy and expectations. Don’t forget to study their general characteristics and special needs as dietary, healthcare etc.Try to be realistic and pick one considering you are commiting to a long-term responsible relationship with it.

If you want to more about how to take care of your dog in the Netherlands, have a look at this website:

Shabnam Shirzadi
Shabnam Shirzadi
Shabnam Shirzadi is a dramatic writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She has currently graduated in Theatre Studies from the University of Amsterdam. As a writer, she had experienced with different forms of integrating fact and fiction in her previous works to create an alternate history in our imaginations. Currently, museums, castles, and remnants of old architecture and civilization inspire her. At the same time, she tries to find her way in mythology, fiction, and drama by reading and writing about them. For her, writing is the only vehicle through which she can travel in times and spaces.


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