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The Trick to finding the Perfect Dog

Updated on December 28, 2009


Dogs – Best Family Dogs

Everyone has heard the saying, “man’s best friend,” referring to a dog; however, dogs have become faithful family companions.  They are family members even though they walk on four paws and don’t communicate exactly as humans do.  These domestic creatures win our hearts due to their excitement to greet us, and for the loyal love they give.  For many people they are a breath of fresh air after experiencing people with negative traits such as greed, envy, rudeness, and dishonesty.  Even though most dogs are great companions, there are some types that make the best family dogs.


The most important trait for a family dog not to possess is an aggressive tendency.  Young children experience the world through touch so wagging tails, dangling ears, and fuzzy coats are certainly an attraction.  A dog around young children needs to be tolerating of such behavior.  The best choices in relation to this are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, Poodles and Bichon Frises.  Children have other children in their home quite often, so it is very important for the family dog to be as gentle and friendly with strangers as they are with their own family.  A single person with visitors in and out of their home could also want a dog just as friendly as a good family dog. 


Some elderly that live alone obtain dogs for company and many believe for health benefits as well.  If a dog is for an elderly person, the size of the dog normally matters due to smaller living quarters and being stable and healthy enough to walk large pets long distances.  A good dog for an older person is normally one that is not over-active and on the smaller size.  Some of the best choices are: Dachshund, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel, Yorkshire terrier, Pekinese, Pomeranian, Maltese and the Miniature Poodle.  These are also great choices for a single person that is not planning on their dog being over-active in the outdoors with them.    


It is also important to keep in mind if the owner/owners have the time and patience to train a puppy. In some situations it can be better to adopt a dog that is already trained and a couple of years old.  Adopting an older dog can consist of a purebred or a mixed breed.  Finding a mixed breed a loving home can act as a family life lesson of helping and saving other living creatures.  Overall, the most important thing to do is to research the breeds and find a dog that fits the family, home environment, and activity level. Happy dog hunting and don’t forget to have dog treats awaiting your new family member. 


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    • KateWest profile image

      KateWest 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I would say keep your mind open. I never liked small dogs and then I lived with a Bichon and have completely fallen in love. Human-canine chemistry is important too, I guess!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I enjoyed this hub, Great work.

      My current 10 lb rescue dog is the BEST DOG I have ever been owned by. Her name is Sweetie Pie and she was three days from being put to sleep. She is a doxie-chihuahua mix.

      I think she knows I saved her life. No kidding. The day I brought her home , she cowered under the coffee table until I put down food and water. This strange look came on her face,and she became estatic, licking my hand, running in circles, and back to the couch again to lick my hand again.Finally she went to lap a bit of water, came back, jumped in my lap , and let out a contented sigh. ( It was an "I'm home" sigh, I'm sure!)

      It melted my heart. Six years now, and as she sits beside me I could just hug her so tight until she would wail in protest!