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Best Family Dogs

Best Family Dogs
Are you thinking about bringing home a dog as a pet? Read the following article that provides you with all the information that you need to consider before bringing one home.
DogAppy Staff
Every household thinks of bringing home a pet at least once. And why not, pets are loving, caring, entertaining, and also loyal. A pet will surely make you laugh with its hilarious movements and at the same time, also listen to your grave problems; that too more attentively than your boyfriend or girlfriend. Though these qualities are seen almost in all pets, dogs stand first with some added plus points. Unlike most of the pets, they watch the house, scare away strangers, and also play with kids. But, buying a dog is a big decision for many reasons.

You should first know which one you want. And that is not all; there are many breeds, so you should be specific about which breed. Otherwise, you might wish for a small one and end up bringing home a large one, as dogs of the same name but different breeds can vary in every aspect, including size. You should also be specific about which one you want, like you want a watchdog or a toy dog, no maintenance or medium maintenance, high energy or a couch potato, etc. Exercise is also one important aspect that needs to be considered. Though almost all breeds need exercise, some of them need extensive exercise, while some just need a walk in the park. Though all of them are quite different from each other, they have one similar quality - a strong bond towards its owner.

Golden Retriever

This tops the list; this multi-talented breed grows up to 61 cm and so comes in the category of medium to large dogs. A healthy golden retriever will weigh up to 34 kg. Talking about the qualities of the golden retriever, it is loyal, gentle, obedient, and also protective. The special quality of golden retrievers is that they are extremely patient, gentle, and playful with kids. Children love them as they do not make a sound even when they sleep on their back. They are also very protective about their owners and hence, make good watchdogs. Maintaining them is also easy as they are quite healthy and require moderate exercise like one long round. Excessive grooming is not at all required; just occasional brushing is enough. Golden retrievers have a life span of 10 to 12 years. Do not overfeed the dog as overweight can put it in problem.

Newfoundland

Its nickname says it all; it is fondly known as "gentle giant." This huge-looking creature weighs about 50 - 65 kg and grows up to 66 - 71 cm. Newfoundland naturally comes in the category of "big" dogs. These breeds have a very soft and thick coat, which tempts everyone. But, due to the same coat, they need regular brushing. Apart from this, you will never need to worry about giving them a bath as Newfoundlands literally love water. In fact, they are even known to save drowning people. Though they look big, they are extremely gentle and playful with kids, but also need moderate amount of exercise. Another unique trait in them is that, unlike other breeds, they do not like to bark excessively; they will bark only if required. Talking about cons, there is just one negative aspect: they are prone to diseases like dysplasia, thyroid disease, and eye problems. However, these disorders can easily be avoided through proper care. They have a life span of 9 - 12 years.

Pug

It is one of the cutest toy breeds. These lazy dogs weigh about 13 pounds and grow up to 8 inches. They have a life expectancy of about 10 - 15 years. Kids are very fond of pugs as they obey, as well as play with the kids; in fact, they even tend to go to sleep with them. Not only are they gentle and well-behaved, they are also good watchdogs. One of their best qualities is that they rarely bark. As stated earlier, pugs are quite lazy and so, they do not need much exercise. However, it is the owner's duty to make them exercise, once in a while. Grooming is minimal; however, clean the wrinkles frequently so that skin infections don't arise.

Collie

There are many breeds of collie dogs. But, most of them have a beard, just like a sheep. Collies grow up to 26 inches and weigh about 75 pounds. They are one of the best breeds for protection, and also one of the most intelligent. Due to their instincts, it is quite easy to train them. They are quite mellow and like to play with kids. Their thick coats make brushing necessary, frequently. When indoors, collies are quite calm, but when outdoors, they are very energetic. You will need to treat them with affection and also need to be patient with them as they tend to be a little stubborn, just like kids.

English Bulldog

Who is not fond of these serious looking cuties; bulldogs have a life expectancy of 16 years. They grow up to 28 inches and weigh about 120 pounds. Though they look quite serious, they tend to make people laugh the most, mainly due to their hilarious movements of rolling and jumping. These dogs are extremely gentle with kids and ferocious with strangers. Did you know that they have one similarity with their name? English bulldogs can be extremely bull-headed at times. So, you need to train them with patience.

These are some of the best dogs for kids and in fact, for the entire family. Thus, bring anyone for yourself, and make sure that you take better care of it.
Walking with all family in autumn season
English bulldog on the green field