Best Dog Breeds for Families

Thinking about adding a dog to your family? Be sure to do your research before choosing your new dog. Consider your lifestyle and determine the size, temperament, and grooming and exercise needs of a dog that would work best for you. If you’re an active family, you may opt for a high-energy dog. Or, if you live in an apartment or small house, perhaps you’d prefer a small dog. Do you have the time and money to devote to grooming your new dog? If not, a wash-and-wear dog may be best.

Families with children should select a breed appropriate for their children’s ages. For example, rambunctious children may be too active for a toy dog, and small children may become underfoot of a giant breed.

In any case, families with children will likely want an intelligent, patient dog that is obedient and can be easily trained.

Regardless of your lifestyle, the best dogs for families are breeds known for being loyal, loving companions. Some families also look for dogs with natural protection or guarding instincts.

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