Pet Tips - Dog Breeds
The Best Dog Breeds For Families
by Simon Harris
Theres nothing quite like the family dog. Its
almost a slice of Americana. In ever cheesy fifties image
of the Perfect American Family we see a nice little house
with a white picket fence, Mom and Dad, two children (usually
a boy and a girl), and a family pooch happily prancing
around the yard. As clichéd as that image may be,
the fact remains that people love dogs and some families
just dont feel right without a family dog.
When choosing a dog for a family, there are important
traits to keep in mind. Some breeds of dog are wonderful
for families while others simply dont have the proper
temperament to deal with family life. They may be too
rough with small children, to needy of their own space
to deal with the incessant coming and going of a large
family, or simply too naturally aggressive to respond
well to a family setting. Other breeds are just perfect
fits for family life. Here are some of the best dog breeds
Originally bred as a bird dog (like most retrievers),
the Golden retriever is an amazingly loyal and very protective
breed. They are perfect for families that enjoy outdoor
activities because they love to run, jump, and play.
Irish Setters are known for their pleasant personalities
and their eagerness to please humans. They were also originally
bred as hunting dogs and can serve well in this capacity,
but it is their aptitude for companionship that makes
them a beloved family breed.
The Collie may be one of the breeds most easily associated
with the qualities of a family dog due to the popularity
of the Lassie television programs. Collies are characterized
by a combination of intelligence and patience uncommon
in other breeds.
Boxers look large and scary and have a deep, resonating
bark that makes intruders wary, but they are truly gentle,
loving, and loyal dogs. Their size may make families with
small children want to wait a few years before owning
one, but they are a perfect family pet once the kids are
a little older.
Remember the dog Hooch from the Tom Hanks
movie Turner and Hooch? This is Hooch, a big, friendly,
loving pooch. They tend to slobber and drool rather excessively,
but the Newfoundland is a loving and protective pet. Like
the boxer, the dogs size may be of some concern,
but it will be hard to find a more loyal dog for a family
than this breed.
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