Getting a dog is an exciting and wonderful experience. After you have considered all of the necessary responsibilities and facets of pet ownership, the next step is choosing the best dog breed. This also requires careful consideration, as behavior and temperaments are vastly different between breeds. This, especially, is an important consideration when you have children or other pets in the household. Luckily, if you follow these tips, it’ll help ensure you make the right choice.
Good with Children
Bulldogs: Despite their name, Bulldogs are friendly, easy-going, and sturdy playmates. They play well with children, and because of their smaller size, adapt well to smaller living spaces.
Golden Retriever: The Golden Retriever is the classic family dog, and for good reasons. They’re loyal, friendly, and playful demeanor led them to be a perfect member of any family. They are intelligent and easily trained, which also makes them a good pet.
Beagles: Beagles are also smaller, intelligent dogs that get along well with children and other pets. Although, they do have more energy than some breeds, requiring more attention, this can be a positive if you have active children who enjoy playing outside, and would like a companion to join.
Longhaired breeds are going to require more hygienic care and upkeep. Regular grooming is necessary to keep a healthy coat and happy pup. These longer haired breeds also shed more, making it slightly difficult to keep a household clean. Decide how much shedding and maintenance you’re willing to put up with, before you choose a breed.
Certain breeds are more prone to diseases and complications than others. This is where owning a mixed breed can be a slight advantage. Mixed breeds are often less susceptible to genetic complications usually associated with purebreds, like developing dog joint pain later in life. Conversely, mixed breeds’ temperaments can be more difficult to predict, so it is important to weigh the pros and cons before choosing.
Each are important considerations before acquiring a furry friend, but by no means the only facets. The American Kennel Club lists even more important considerations when searching for the right breed.