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How to Know What Dog Is Best for Your Family

By Mikkie Mills

It's a question parents could inevitably face from their kids can we have a dog? Heck sometimes the parent themselves may want a dog. But the question is which dog should they choose. Although we may want a dog for security purposes we also want one to be a faithful companion. We want one who is loving and gentle around young kids. These are all issues that would need to be addressed when wanting to find the best dog for your family. Let's face it there are many breeds to choose from, and although some can automatically be eliminated such as the pit bull because these make good guard dogs than family pets there are still many breeds still in the running. Well, to help narrow the field we will name a few top breeds that are ideal for family homes.

The Shih-Tzu Breed

This little dog is an ideal addition to a home because it can be trained to be indoors, making it great for an apartment. As for what you should know about Shih-Tzu temperament, the dog is highly intelligent, loves companionship, and is quite friendly. The Shih-Tzu is perfect for a family home and will love sitting on a parent or kids lap. Although the breed does have a spunky stubborn side, it can still adapt well to proper training. One of the drawbacks to the Shih-Tzu is that he isn't too good of a watchdog, and can be too trusting even of strangers. Another drawback is that this breed of dog tends to have long thick hair, which requires regular grooming including bathing three times a week.

The Beagle Breed

Another somewhat smaller dog, this one also has a calm gentle temperament. The Beagle loves to run and play which makes it a great companion for kids who love to go out to explore in the backyard. The dog has an adventurous spirit and has been known to be used as a hunting dog due to their love for the outdoors. The dog also gets along quite easily with other dogs, making it the perfect addition to a home with more than one pet. The main drawback for the beagle is that they do shed their coat a whole lot which means they require constant brushing and bathing.

The Golden Retriever

One of the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States for several years now with good reason. The dog is highly intelligent and is a loyal companion to its family. This breed of dog may be larger but gentle enough to be around younger children including newborns. The dog also will defend and protect those they love which makes them good watch dogs as well. The Golden Retriever is also easy to train, which is why it has become a sought after the dog to use as a service dog for those with special needs. As for grooming it is at a minimal since this breed has short hair that is easy to manage. The biggest drawback to the Golden Retriever is that the breed isn't easy to find in the United States especially in rescue shelters due to its popularity that only continues to grow in momentum.

Take a Quiz Online

Now that we have covered a few of the popular dog breeds that make good family pets how do you go about choosing which one is right for your particular family? One way to do this is to take an online quiz designed to match you with the right breed of dog for your own personal needs. Just liking one breed is only half the battle another is, will the dog adapt to your particular environment. For example, do you live in the city, the country, the suburbs, these all factor into the right breed for you. So, take them to for online research take one of the quizzes designed to help find your dog breed and decode from there how to go about getting that particular dog to add to your family home.

About Mikkie Mills: “I’m a Chicago native who loves to share her expertise about personal development and growth. When I’m not writing, I’m chasing the little ones around or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.” More articles by Mikkie.

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