Have you decided to add a four-legged friend to your household, but you’re not sure which breed is right for your family? Temperament, energy level, size and train ability are important factors when choosing a family dog. Here are four obedient and affectionate dog breeds that might be just the right fit for your household.
The movie “Lassie” made the collie a household name. This breed originated in the United Kingdom and includes several varieties in addition to the traditional collie, such as the border collie, bearded collie and the diminutive Shetland sheepdog. All collies are highly intelligent and love to work, which makes them a great pet for active families. However, caution should be exercised with very small children because your collie may nip in an attempt to herd them.
The golden retriever is the quintessential family dog. Bred for retrieving waterfowl, the golden’s soft mouth means children and other pets are less likely to be injured during play. Known for winning agility contests and working as guide dogs, golden retrievers are very smart and amenable to training. They are also very gentle in nature and love nothing more than to please their humans.
The Doberman pinscher is probably not the first breed that comes to mind when you think of a family pet. However, a well-trained and properly socialized Doberman can be a great addition to your family. Dobermans are highly people-oriented and eager to obey commands. They are very loyal dogs but prone to bonding with only one person, so take steps to ensure that your whole family spends time with your dog, and consider starting with a puppy for maximum imprinting. Genetics are also important, so look for European Doberman puppies for sale from responsible breeders.
Although the bulldog gets its name because it was originally bred to bait bulls, this stocky, flat-faced dog is actually one of the most amiable breeds. Passive and friendly, your bully will love nothing better than laying around on the couch with your kids. Adult bulldogs can be lazy but respond well to persistent and gentle training methods. The bully’s short coat and low energy level make it a perfect choice for families that desire a low-maintenance dog.
Remember, getting a puppy is a commitment that can last twenty years or more. Make sure that you and your family are ready for the responsibility before taking your new friend home, and consider purchasing from a breeder that offers a return policy if you change your mind.