Dog is a man’s best friend. There is no denying it. They offer you unconditional love and affection as well as help deal with your stress and tension. But not every breed of dog is right for you. Your dog should complement your personality and lifestyle.
Family with kids would, for obvious reasons, prefer children-friendly dogs. Due to their loving nature, almost every breed of dog can be a great companion for your child but there are few that are well known for their love of children. Beagles and boxers are preferable for small kids who love to cuddle and play, dachshunds are ideal for gentler, older children and Labrador retrievers and Saint Bernards are suitable for kids of all ages as they play and protect.
Dogs, like any pet, require care and attention. But the extent of care required varies with different breeds. If you maintain a busy lifestyle but still want a companion to come home to, you will be better off with more independent breeds such as Chinese sharpies, Alaskan malamutes and Russian Wolfhounds.
Accommodation is also an important factor to consider when choosing a dog. If you live in an apartment, you would prefer a dog that does not bark unnecessarily and require modest exercise. A good option, in this case, would be Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Bedlington terriers or English toy spaniels. Havanese, Affenpinscher or Chihuahua are also fine options, but they are relatively vocal. If you reside near the ocean, an aquatic friendly dog such as Golden retriever would be preferable.
There are breeds that are suitable for you if you have physical problems. If you have sleeping issues, quite dogs such as Greyhounds and English sheepdogs should be your choice. If you suffer from knee pain, arthritis or MS, you should go with Bullmastiffs, Saint Bernards, Basset hounds or Pekingese, as they need a little exercise. If you are dealing with hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes or heart problems, you should choose a breed that would motivate you to walk such as American Eskimo, Airedales or Akitas. If you have allergies, you may consider poodles, Portuguese water dogs or bichon frises.
In short, the choice of the dog should match your personality, your living situation, and your physical needs and limitations. Put consideration and thought into choosing the breed and you will enjoy a long and happy relationship with them.