All dogs are great, but which pooch is appropriate for your family? What’s suits your family and can make every single person, from your auntie to your brother, happy.
First, you need to think about the children that will be spending most of the time with the dog, how old are they? If they are fairly young, a Golden Retriever might be best because they’re short-tempered, easy to train and friendly, but a breed such as a Shih Tzu may not be the one for you. Shih Tzu’s dont tend to like kids too much, because of their small stature they can get anxiety and stress with lots of smaller skids running around. They’re also considered grouchy and temperamental.
You may be a family that’s always active and always outdoors, therefore you might consider a dog that needs more walks over if it was just a working couple who would need to dog that requires a less amount of walking. How about the American Water Spaniel, they’re highly energetic, and will spend all day running around, then will sleep well at night, a lot like kids! They’re also great swimmers, and are great watchdogs.
Some lower-energy dogs, either don’t enjoy doing much exercise or having got the build etc, for example, a Pug loves to be playful but s short walk around the block or even a run around the garden for half-an-hour would be enough for them. Also, greyhounds, they may be known for their speed, but they’re also knows as “the world’s fastest coach potato”!
When it comes to dogs, some do need a lot of grooming, but, especially if you’re a larger family, you’re probably always on the go, and grooming a pooch, though it should be done, isn’t your biggest necessity. So, picking a dog with an easy coat could be best for you. How about one of the most popular breeds, the Labrador retriever! The Labrador is intelligent, loving, friendly, gentle, out-going, playful and affectionate. They’re at a perfect size and don’t need much grooming due to their short-coat! The Lab’s are one of our favourites!
For a pooch to need a lot of grooming, it would be any breed that has longer hair, or a breed mixed with a poodle, due to their curtly coat it would need maintaining, otherwise it can become matted. Dogs that need a lot of grooming can be breeds such as Airedale Terrier, Bearded Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Komondor etc.
Affection, that’s all we may just want for our pooches. If you envision your pooch to be cuddled between you and your family then these are the breeds for you! One breed that can be overwhelmingly affectionate is the Old English Sheepdog. The hair can be a pain to groom but you just won’t be able to resist their cuddles! Their fluffy coats and bumbling character makes them so affectionate and happy to be around!
Dogs that aren’t affectionate can be breeds such as The Chinese Shar-Pei. The Shar-Pei are on of the most independent dog breed known to man, and though they love their family, they tend to be quite aloof with people they don’t know.
As a family, you’ll want a pooch that is fairly intelligent and are easy to train. Poodles are known to be very intelligent, so the Pure-bred poodle is 2nd most intelligent, just after the border collie, and dog breeds that is easy to train and will catch onto training fairly quickly are the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. The German Shepherd is easy to train because they’re alert, confident, intelligent, loyal, obedient and watchful.
A breed such as the Bulldog might be harder to train, as much as they’re affectionate and gentle, they tend to have a mind of their own. They’re harder to train at the start and will take a long time but in the long run, all that training will be useful; guard dog etc.
Overall, all dogs are great but for a family dog, we have to give it to the Labrador Retriever. They’re..
- Easy to train
- Need a good amount of exercise
- Easy to groom
- Playful and Bouncy
- and Kid-friendly!
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