Those dreamy eyes, that cute face, the sloppy kisses at the door, and the warm cuddles at night… Who wouldn’t want a dog! If you’re thinking of getting one for your family, then I have a small question for you. Do you know what breed is the right choice for you and your family? If you said yes, I’m hoping you’ve done enough research on what’s the best breed of dog for your lifestyle; but if you said no, then you must definitely read on…

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Picking the right breed of dog for your lifestyle means doing a little bit of self-reflection. Dogs come in all sizes, shapes, temperaments and types of fur, but the right breed will easily fit your lifestyle and expectations. Just like any member of the house, your dog must be compatible with you, your other family members and other pets around you (if any). This is why it’s important to determine what kind of a dog would be best for you. Obviously it is not a piece of cake, so I suggest you visit a shelter and talk to the dog-breeders or people who know better. But before you do so, maybe this guide will help you out.

A Bully mix breed has a bad rap but can be really good company for your kids

If you are looking for a happy-go-lucky dog, which can easily entertain toddlers and safely live in a busy household, then we would suggest a bull dog or a bully mix breed. I know these dogs have a bad reputation but they are known to best accommodate kids. These dogs have a really good ability to handle rough play and have more levels of patience. Similarly, non-aggressive dogs like Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever can also be play pals for your kiddies and you! Another non-aggressive but lazy option you have is St. Bernard, which can double up as a cuddly cushion.

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Almost all breeds of dogs can protect you (or your property), but if security is what you primarily expect from your dog, then there are certain breeds that are a good match for you. The Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher are excellent choices for your household. Other choices are German Shepherd (Alsatian) and Staffordshire terrier .

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If you already have some pets and want to add another pooch to your multi-pet family, the most important point to consider for you must be which breeds are most likely to coexist with other animals. We would suggest breeds like Italian greyhound, beagle, coonhound, Labrador and golden retrievers, and among smaller breeds, the Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Golden retrievers can easily make themselves comfortable around other dog-breeds

If you’re looking for a friend whose idea of a good time is a night snuggling on the couch, then opt for grey hounds. Quite surprisingly, grey hounds who are quite huge, don’t require a lot of exercise and hence they make for perfect partners in your not-so-active lifestyle. Even a bull mastiff and pug can suit your less-active lifestyle.

If you’re into fitness and want a dog that could be your running buddy, then a Dalmatian is hands-down the best option for you. This breed was literally bred to run and will keep pace with you even in a marathon!

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Are you the adventurous type? If you’re thinking of taking your dog along for your camping and trekking trips, then consider a dog that will relish your lifestyle. Labrador retriever, Lab mixes and German shepherds usually fit in really well for the adventurous adopter.

Dalmatians are bred to run, and can make for great running buddies

Got a fur-allergy, but still want a dog? Not to worry, there are many breeds that are less likely to aggravate your symptoms. A good tip is before getting a dog home, spend a considerable amount of time with the dog to be sure whether your prospective new companion will cause a flare-up. Think about breeds like Yorkshire terrier, Irish water spaniel and Samoyed.

All-in-all, whichever breed you go for, remember that you are committing the next 10-15 years of your life to this dog. If you look forward to 10 to 15 years of joy, sharing a bond with your dog that is based on mutual trust and respect, go to the nearest shelter and find your mate. Ciao for now!