The Perfect Breed of Dog for Your Family

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getting the perfect family dogWhen getting a dog, one of the most important decisions is what type of breed to purchase. While some dogs are easy to train, others shed a lot of hair. Some dogs are mild tempered, while other breeds are high strung. There are many different considerations when choosing the breed of dog to introduce into your life. Here is a list of family needs and the types of dogs that would fit those needs perfectly.

Hunting Dog
Many people think that hunting dogs should be left solely to the sporting breeds. In reality, any dog breed that can easily be trained would make a terrific hunter. The best dogs to train include the golden retriever, English Springer Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel.

Family Dog
Some families simply want a dog to complete their family. If you have children in your house the dog breed you choose is of the utmost importance. You want a dog that is good with kids. The best breeds of family dogs are the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. Although the books always say these are the best family dogs, I also know from experience. They are wonderful pets.

Indoor Lapdogs
More and more families are purchasing dogs to stay indoors with them. These families simply want another companion to curl up on the couch, or sleep in their beds with them. The best characteristics of an indoor dog are small size and low shedding capacity. Two dogs breeds fit these two categories perfectly: the toy poodle and the schnauzer. Although both dogs are fairly high-strung, they make excellent lapdog companions.

Outdoor Dog
For some reason, there are some families who buy dogs to have no purpose. They just stay locked up in the yard. It is best to choose a dog breed that doesn’t bark too much. One of the best dogs for this type of owner is a Basset Hound.

Watchdogs do not have to be large, menacing breeds. They simply have to bark when they hear noises around the house. This scares potential intruders and alerts homeowners. There are a few dogs breeds that are known for their barking. Cocker Spaniels are known for their “larger than average bark”. Their bark sounds like it comes from a larger breed. Another type of watchdog is a English Springer Spaniel.

Before you buy a dog, make sure the inherent personality and traits of the breed you choose match your family’s needs. There is nothing worse than owning a dog breed that has traits exactly the opposite of what you want.

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