Researching about the best family dog is not an easy task rather it can be confusing. A lot of wrong information could lead you to the wrong dog. Various research and new information may circulate through various means such as books, pamphlets and of course the internet. It is safe to assume that no dog is completely safe and perfect. Stereotyping dogs based on information you gather about them will only bring false assumptions. It would be dangerous to believe that this is so.
Before you proceed any further, make sure you understand that looking for the best family dog entails ‘safety first.’
• Right breed. Take each dog basing on their personalities and the environment they would most likely grow well into. It is important that you have the right environment to ensure that the dog will develop good habits and eventually personalities and temperaments. It is important to take into account if you have kids in the family especially those that are highly active and energetic. What impact will adding a four-legged creature bring them? What are the routines you already established at home? Will the dog easily adapt to these routines? These are just some of the questions you must know the answer to. Choosing the most suitable breed is extremely important.
• Right puppy. Puppies come from breeders and this could mean they were born into an environment with wide range of personalities. It is equally important to find the right temperament – which could mean ‘not rushing to greet you and not cowering in a corner’ type of personality. Overconfident and too dominant type of dog may be too much for a busy household and an overly shy dog will not fare well either. The right puppy would be one that is not too aggressive when greeting you and does not react erratically on loud noises.
The best family dog could be any of the following –
Golden retrievers are known to be trusting and gentle with even-tempers. Their affectionate personality makes them popular companions and family pet. They are easier to handle and they tolerate well under different circumstances. They thrive in a give-and-take environment and their playful streaks allow them to function well around kids. They are highly intelligent and responsive, which means they are easier to train than other breeds. However, they tend to get along with humans in general and this could mean they are not suitable as watch dogs.
Like the golden retriever, these are gentledogs with calm dispositions. Among the positive qualities of the dog include –
• Show no aggressiveness or snappy behavior
• Easy to train
They also tend to get along with both the old and the young – especially the young because of their considerate personality. You wouldn’t have any problem making them live along other pets at home. Strangers should beware because these are good watchdogs as well.
Considered a favorite among home owners, the Labrador retriever could be the best family dog you are looking for especially when you prefer well-spirited and very active dogs. In addition to their good nature, these dogs are also loyal, patient and reliable as pets and companions. They are athletic and energetic but can also slow down and relax. They tend to be independent but could thrive well because of their responsive and intelligent nature.
These fine looking dogs are fairly satisfied and sociable even though training them would be quite a challenge. But when done correctly, they are highly obedient, intelligent and determined. Their overly acute sense of smell makes them great hunting dog companions as well most of all they do well around kids and enjoy attention.
Remember that the best family dog is both born and trained – this means to say that no matter what information you acquire about a certain breed it may not always be the case if they are poorly developed and trained. Dogs are individuals after all.
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