All families, at one point or another, have considered adopting a pet to its loving arms. Especially if you have a young child, the first time they’ll ever hold their pet is like their first Christmas. Now, once you get the idea of having a cute and cuddly mutt firmly in your mind, our initial impulse we have is to go to the pet store and see which big brown eyes melt our hearts the most. The first thing we need to do is to find out which dog is most ideal for our situation. Here is the essential guide on how to find the best dog breeds for families.
First of all we need to keep in mind that as families come in different shapes and sizes-so do the animals that we choose to take. It is very important that you consider your family’s needs and preferences before you decide on a cute but incompatible pet.
So what about your family? How many are you at home? Is it just the two of you or do you have a few kids living under your roof too? If you do, then how old are they? They have to be old enough to understand responsibility and know how to handle a pet. You also need to find out if you have elderly people living with you and if they have any health concerns with allergies. Dog dander, or dry skin in dog’s skin and fur, as well as other irritants that attach itself to the dog’s coat can cause severe allergic reaction for some people.
Also consider your lifestyle as well as the area you live in. Are you a city dweller or a suburb resident? Some apartment buildings do not allow pets inside their compounds. Will you be always out of the house? No matter how human-like in intelligence you’d like to think your dog has, somebody still has to supervise your dog in your home.
One of the best dog breeds for families is usually the Golden Retriever. They are happy, devoted and are eager to please. They love people and are very friendly-and they are known to protect children from danger and strangers if need be. Labrador Retrievers are also excellent pet to have for the same reason. Border Collies are said to be the most intelligent canine there is. They used to help shepherds herding their flocks so Collies should be good in rounding up children safely and gently.
If you are interested in small dog breeds, Poodles are a good choice. Poodles look dainty and indulgent, but they are actually one of the smartest dogs there is. They are friendly with children and can be easily trained as well. For a more masculine canine-try the Pug. Pugs are cute small dog breeds that are playful and entertaining to have around. Kids who love dogs that can keep up with them should have a pug.
If small dog breeds are what you are interested in, Poodles are one of the better choices you can make. They may look dainty and girly, but these elegant mutts are extremely smart and excellent with children. They are also quick to pick up commands. If these poufy creatures are too feminine for you, how about a Pug? Pugs are also adorable small dog breeds that are super energetic, playful and very entertaining to have around.