So you have decided to get yourself a dog as your pet? Well, if you intend to find the right breed for yourself and your family, you will need to put in a lot of hard work and efforts. Now though usually a dog is a lovely and lively animal to have, some of its breeds can be destructive or even boring. Also, not all cute and small looking dogs are as calm and lovely as they seem, and hence you need to know the ins and outs of the breed of dog you are planning to get as a pet. Also, It’s not just your preferences that needs to be taken into account, but also other factors like you got kids or not, the size of your apartment, your budget on its maintenance and so on. The below is a list and details of some of the most popular breeds of dogs, but do keep in mind that it’s just a basic overview, and you may have to do a lot of research yourself to come to a decision whether a particular breed is ideal for you: The Basset Hound If you are someone to busy with your job to bother spending time with your dog, then the Basset Hound may be a good option for you. You don’t need to spend tons of time with him and he is capable enough of keeping himself entertained. However, the other side of the coin is that it doesn’t come with the type of looks that would make you feel proud while visiting a park with him. Beagle They are very lively, energetic and involving. This, in turn, means that a considerable amount of time needs to be spent with them. They are usually the choice of families with small kids, as kids love to play with them and the dogs, being so very energetic, usually don’t mind it. Collie A very good looking dog, and hence the preferred choice for families with a lot of guests. However, you need to spend quite a bit of time with him as well. Also, though it isn’t as lively as the Beagle breed, it surely is considerably lively and energetic. Dachshund It is a very popular breed especially among the small families. Besides being quite loyal and friendly, they are also easier to care for. However, one of the drawbacks associated with them is their habit of barking frequently. So do make sure you and your neighbors are comfortable with that before you decide to get one as your pet. Golden Retriever Besides being quite popular, it is believed to be quite friendly and one of the best choices amongst large and small families alike. A final word Obviously there are a lot more breeds of dogs you can choose from, but these ones are some of the most popular ones. Again, deciding on the specific breed of dog is a rather subjective matter and you need to put in a considerable amount of research for finding the right one for you.