Is it your children asking to get a pooch? Maybe you’ve already been looking for a dog. Whatever the case may be, you’re probably weighing your options for adding ‘pet owner’ to your responsibilities.
The key is matching the canine to your family’s already established lifestyle. That goes for both you & your pet’s sanity. Simply put, an active dog goes with an active family. So it’ll be able to match intensity on outdoor activities and the like.
I wouldn’t recommend going all out for a purebred. Most likely, the hardiest dogs are the so-called ‘mutts’ (a mixed-breed). And keep an eye out for the breed characteristics in those breeds. What’s their established level of activity in terms of its personality, maintenance, & all-around character?
You can always opt to get in touch with a specialized canine trainer. Get to your area dog pound &/or animal shelter. That’s one of the best ways to get a great pooch for a mutually beneficial relationship. All These entities will have an established breadth of knowledge to steer you in the right choice for all.
The commonly named ‘Lassie’, it’s formally known as a Collie. Known to be highly intelligent, they like to be around children. This is also a loyally active breed. What makes them outstanding protective dogs are their highly honed instincts to protect. Especially if dealing with something out of the ordinary.
Another plus is only barking when they need to. They’re also known to not use biting as a negative behavioral coping mechanism. That also makes it better able to get along with other canines, thus keeping fighting potential to a minimum.
A Labrador Retriever is more commonly known as a ‘water dog’. Seemingly always staying positive with boundless energy, can set the tone for an active family atmosphere. It’s also considered low maintenance due to its short hair covering. That makes for an easy wash, rinse & dry anywhere.
Labradors are even known to play nice with cats. The same can be said of children & other canines. Truly a ‘fan fave’. The more physical activity is done by the family it’s attached to, the better for the Retriever. Some may feel that at times it may tend to be a bit too active, but they’re so loyal, it’ll make up for it.
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