by admin on 19/01/12 at 2:53 pm
After much discussion – and perhaps a bit of wheedling from the kids – you have decided to bring a dog into the family. Congratulations! The addition of a dog to your home provides much love and happiness and allows you to bond with your family as you learn to care for your furry, four-footed friend. Once the decision is made, though, next comes the question of what breed to adopt. A number of factors will determine the size of your new pet – whether you live in a house or an apartment, whether or not you live near good parks – but there are also recommended breeds that are considered best suited for families.
Let’s take a brief look at ten of the more popular family dog breeds:
Basset Hound – The droopy personality of the Basset may not inspire many active trips to the park, but this lovable hound is rather low maintenance.
Beagle – Beagles have great dispositions and are often high-spirited. Many love to play, and they are very loyal.
Collie – The active Collie is a good choice for a family with older children, and active families that like to spend time outdoors.
Dachshund – The well-known “weiner dog” is a popular breed with families and singles. Some believe they are easier to care for than other breeds, and they are quite loyal and friendly despite a tendency to bark.
Golden Retriever – A popular breed among families, the Retriever is arguably also one of the friendliest types of dogs.
Irish Setter – Known for their gorgeous long russet coats, Irish Setters are easy to train and amiable around families.
Labrador Retriever – Whether it’s a Black or Golden Lab, you can be assured of many fun memories with this loving breed.
Newfoundland – Hardy and playful, the Newfoundland can grow to be a rather large dog, so if you have a good-sized yard or access to a dog park this may be the breed for you.
Papillon – “Papis” are adorable and very smart, and good if you live in an apartment. They are also quite delicate, and therefore is recommended for homes with older children.
Pug – With it’s scrunched-up face and inquisitive eyes, the Pug may not win beauty contests but the breed is very active and able to keep up with your kids.
Of course, there are many other breeds of dog to consider for your family as well. It is important, regardless of breed, to choose the right one for you. Take your time and get to know potential dogs before bringing one home.