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Vet nurse Tess Nolan reveals what type of dog is right for different personalities

A veterinary nurse has revealed the perfect dog breed for your lifestyle, whether you are single, a young couple or a renter or homeowner.

Senior nurse and practice manager Tess Nolan spends her days diagnosing and treating dogs and cats on the Gold Coast, conducting everything from pet CPR to X-rays and blood tests.

Tess also assists with surgery, animal restraint and bandaging, and said ‘the list is endless’ when it comes to tasks that come with her ‘very rewarding job’. 

The 26-year-old shared exactly what dog breed suits your home and life, and why every personality is suited to one type of dog.

A veterinary nurse has revealed the perfect dog breed for your lifestyle, whether you are single, a young couple or family or a renter or homeowner (Tess Nolan pictured)

If you're single or live alone, the vet first of all recommends you invest in either a Boston Terrier or a cocker spaniel (stock image)

If you’re single or live alone, the vet first of all recommends you invest in either a Boston Terrier or a cocker spaniel (stock image)

SINGLE – BOSTON TERRIER OR COCKER SPANIEL 

If you’re single or live alone, the vet first of all recommends you invest in either a Boston Terrier or a cocker spaniel.

‘Both of these breeds are very active and filled with personality,’ Tess told FEMAIL.

‘They are also super affectionate and will make you laugh.’  

Golden retrievers are a popular choice with dog owners the world over, and Tess said they are ideally suited to a young couple's lifestyle (pictured)

Golden retrievers are a popular choice with dog owners the world over, and Tess said they are ideally suited to a young couple's lifestyle (pictured)

Golden retrievers are a popular choice with dog owners the world over, and Tess said they are ideally suited to a young couple’s lifestyle (pictured)

YOUNG COUPLE – GOLDEN RETRIEVER

Golden retrievers are a popular choice with dog owners the world over, and Tess said they are ideally suited to a young couple’s lifestyle.

‘Golden retrievers make such amazing pets,’ she explained.

‘They are loving, loyal and always by your side, with just enough need for activity but happy to laze around the house for downtime.’

As soon as you add a newborn or toddler into the mix, however, the vet said you're better off going for either a labradoodle, spoodle or cavoodle (Tess pictured with a spoodle)

As soon as you add a newborn or toddler into the mix, however, the vet said you’re better off going for either a labradoodle, spoodle or cavoodle (Tess pictured with a spoodle)

YOUNG FAMILY – LABRADOODLE, SPOODLE OR CAVOODLE 

As soon as you add a newborn or toddler into the mix, the vet said you’re better off going for either a labradoodle, spoodle or cavoodle:

‘All of these hypoallergenic breeds will require some brushing and grooming, but no shedding which is a huge plus!’ Tess said.

‘Plus, they are smart, gentle, patient and absolutely love kids.’ 

'Greyhounds are the laziest and one of the most underrated of dog breeds of all time,' Tess said, and this makes them perfect for the time-poor

‘Greyhounds are the laziest and one of the most underrated of dog breeds of all time,’ Tess said, and this makes them perfect for the time-poor

WORKAHOLIC AND TIME POOR – GREYHOUND 

If you speak to many people, they will often say if you’re time poor or addicted to working, you’re not best-suited to owning a dog.

But Tess begs to differ, provided you choose the right breed.

‘Greyhounds are the laziest and one of the most underrated of dog breeds of all time,’ she said. 

‘If you spend a lot of time working or feel you don’t have enough time for walking them too much, do yourself a favour and rescue a greyhound.

‘You won’t regret it!’  

If you're retired and looking for a small bundle of love to add to your life, Tess recommends a 'small little pocket-sized cutie' such as a Pomeranian (stock image) or a Chihuahua

If you’re retired and looking for a small bundle of love to add to your life, Tess recommends a ‘small little pocket-sized cutie’ such as a Pomeranian (stock image) or a Chihuahua

RETIREES – POMERANIAN OR CHIHUAHUA 

If you’re retired and looking for a small bundle of love to add to your life, Tess recommends a ‘small little pocket-sized cutie’ such as a Pomeranian or a Chihuahua.

‘These are dogs you’ll just want to have with you at all times,’ she said.

‘They’re super easy to pop in the car, very easy-going with training, and most importantly – they’re loyal.’ 

Love to hike or trail run? A Kelpie is the dog for you, and they are 'super popular this year' (stock image)

Love to hike or trail run? A Kelpie is the dog for you, and they are ‘super popular this year’ (stock image)

ACTIVE TYPES – KELPIE

Love to hike or trail run? A Kelpie is the dog for you, and they are ‘super popular this year’.

‘Kelpies are incredibly active and require a lot of training and dedication, but they absolutely love to please their owners!’ Tess said.

'Sleek quick-drying hair that is perfect for the beach, Hungarian Vizslas loves swimming and will easily slot into your active lifestyle,' Tess said (stock image)

‘Sleek quick-drying hair that is perfect for the beach, Hungarian Vizslas loves swimming and will easily slot into your active lifestyle,’ Tess said (stock image)

BEACHY TYPES – HUNGARIAN VIZSLA

If you’re someone who is always in and out of the water and who spends most of their free time at the beach, you’ll want a Hungarian Vizsla – partly because of their practicality.

‘Sleek quick-drying hair that is perfect for the beach, this type of dog loves swimming and will easily slot into your active lifestyle,’ Tess said.

While adding a new pet to the family when you already have one can be a struggle, Tess said a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will make the perfect addition (stock image)

While adding a new pet to the family when you already have one can be a struggle, Tess said a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will make the perfect addition (stock image)

PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE A PET – CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL

While adding a new pet to the family when you already have one can be a struggle, Tess said a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will make the perfect addition.

‘The heaven-sent angel of all dog breeds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the complete love sponges of dog breeds – they love absolutely everyone they meet!’ she said.

TRAVELLERS – MOODLE

A moodle – or cross between a Maltese and a poodle (toy or miniature) – is perfect if you’re a traveller.

‘Low maintenance, relaxed, intelligent, this type of dog just wants to be by your side, wherever that may be!’ Tess said. 

Moodles also don’t require too much exercise, and can live in a small home or apartment provided they have a daily walk.

When you're renting, one of the main things to think about is whether you might do any kind of damage to the property you're living in; this is why a Sphynx cat might be best (stock image)

When you’re renting, one of the main things to think about is whether you might do any kind of damage to the property you’re living in; this is why a Sphynx cat might be best (stock image)

RENTERS – SPHYNX CAT

When you’re renting, one of the main things to think about is whether you might do any kind of damage to the property you’re living in.

It’s for this reason that Tess thinks you should get a sphynx cat instead of a dog.

‘A dog is a big call living in a rental, a cat on the other hand… with no hair?! Brilliant!’ she said.

HOMEOWNERS – ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

Finally, if you own your own home, Tess said it’s time to invest in an English Springer Spaniel.

‘A beautiful breed, English Springer Spaniels are very loving and kind, with lots of love to give,’ Tess said. 

Previously, the vet (pictured) shared the ideal skillset that is perfectly-suited to veterinary work, and she explained why some work experience is paramount

Previously, the vet (pictured) shared the ideal skillset that is perfectly-suited to veterinary work, and she explained why some work experience is paramount

Previously, the vet shared the ideal skillset that is perfectly-suited to veterinary work.

The 26-year-old said relevant experience is paramount, as while working with animals is ‘cuddly and cute, it also has some very confronting experiences’.

‘Generally having a bit of experience with animals can provide you with a bit of a buffer from what may come in the door, from dogs with broken bones to those who have been hit by cars,’ she said.

Tess added: ‘The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, but it does take a certain type of person to be a successful veterinary nurse’.

The vet concluded by saying that being a vet is like ‘no other job out there’.

‘A vet nurse is an anaesthetist, phlebotomist, professional pet cuddler, lab technician, receptionist, nutritionist, surgical assistant, grief counsellor, radiographer, paramedic, inventory manager and pharmacy assistant – all in one day,’ she said.   

For more information about Tess Nolan, you can follow her on Instagram here



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