The Dog Days of Dallas Are Here to Sit and Stay
If there’s one thing to be certain about, it’s that Dallasites love their dogs. Just strolling through the city, you’ll come across a variety of dog-friendly establishments, parks, and people taking their pooch out for a little rendezvous. If you’re a dog person — which is statistically likely, given that almost half of U.S. households own a pooch — then you’ll also probably notice that some breeds are more popular than others. Here are the five most popular breeds in the Big D and some listings that’ll fit them perfectly.
5. Labs/Lab Mixes
Everybody knows somebody with a lab or lab mix, and for good reason. Labs have long been popular for their good temperament, easy trainability, and versatility. Uses for the breed range from service animals to family companions, and they’re often good with other dogs and pets.
According to the American Kennel Club, labs need lots of exercise to truly thrive, so a property with a large fenced-in yard is likely more suitable to the breed. Perhaps something like this 3 bed, 2 bath property with ample yard space listed for $459k could be just what a Dallas lab owner needs.
The goldendoodle is the best of both worlds: They shed less than a traditional golden retriever but are still just as playful and friendly, all while maintaining the intelligence of a poodle. For that reason, the breed has been exploding in popularity nationwide as well as in Dallas.
The goldendoodle is a companion breed that makes a great family pet, but don’t assume it’s strictly a lounge dog. Dogtime.com rates the goldendoodle as having an “average energy level” and recommends a brisk 20-30 minute walk to keep them happy. Living in this 3 bed, 2 bath house listed for $512k just a few blocks from White Rock Lake’s +9-mile hike and bike trail would make for a very happy goldendoodle.
The people of Dallas love to rescue pups, which means a lot of people own mixed breed dogs. In some cases, distinct features make it easy to tell “ruff-ly” which breeds your dog boasts. In many others, however, it’s not as apparent. If you’re curious, you can always conduct a doggy DNA test — that could also be a fun/unique closing gift for a dog-loving client!
Since a mutt could be any combination of breeds, it’s best to ask the owner what their dog enjoys. However, this 5 bed, 10 bath behemoth listed for $8 million offers all the amenities a dog (or its owner) could want, from a bark-worthy private yard to the perfect puppy paddle pool.
2. Golden Retriever
Golden retrievers are one of America’s most popular breeds for a reason. They’re gentle, affectionate, intelligent, easy to train, and they just ooze a happy-go-lucky temperament that’s contagious. Beyond the highly allergic, who doesn’t want such a ball of sunshine in their life?
The American Kennel Club states that golden retrievers, like most sporting breeds, need plenty of daily exercise. In essence, they’ll make a great running buddy, so this affordable 3 bed, 2 bath house listed for $250k near the Trinity River and its array of recreational trails could be a real treat.
Like the city of Dallas itself, chihuahuas are loved for their big personalities. Intensely loyal and happy to be with their owners, this small breed dog can adapt to most living situations and provide that loving companionship we could all use from time to time.
Chihuahuas are known for their small size and big bark. For that reason, apartments and townhomes might be less suitable than a free-standing single family home. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable single-family homes available in the Dallas area — like this 4 bed, 2 bath home listed for $240k.
Real Estate and Pets
Think real estate has gone to the dogs? You’d be right. According to a recent Realtor.com survey, almost 95% of pet-owning homebuyers reported that they thought about their pets’ needs when choosing which home to buy.
The survey also found that 38% of respondents cited a “big yard” as a property’s most important feature, followed by “outdoor spaces” at 29%, “garages” at 24%, “dog-friendly areas” at 22%, and last but not least — “interior square footage” at 20%. Not surprisingly, these are all attributes easily found in Dallas/Fort Worth.
“We believe that a home is so much more than a roof and four walls. It is where family and friends come together and memories are made,” Nate Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer for Realtor.com, said. “The results of this survey reinforce that our pets are our family and an important part of what makes a house a home.”
Considering that 44% of all Texan households own a dog, it could be helpful to do a quick search for dog-friendly parks and restaurants near your properties using the pet-specific search engine BringFido.com to boost your pet-friendliness as an agent.
And if you’re passionate about animals, you’re not alone. According to the National Association of REALTORS® study ”Animal House: Pets in the Home Buying and Selling Process”, 81% of the agents surveyed said they consider themselves to be animal lovers. Furthermore, 14% said they actively volunteer with animal-focused organizations, and 24% said they would in the future. Volunteering could be a great way to help differentiate your brand — not to mention help make a difference for some animals and their owners.
If you would like to sniff around for some volunteer opportunities in Dallas/Fort Worth, visit VolunteerMatch.org to find one near you.