3 Things You Should Consider when Picking a Family Dog

Choosing a family dog is a choice that you’ll have to live with for years to come. You hopefully want to make the new dog an integral part of the family and nobody buys a dog with the intention of giving it away because he was incompatible. This is why there are many factors that need to be considered before you bring one home. Here are some of the main things you should think about when buying a family dog.

Why do You Want a Dog?

The first thing you have to consider is why you want the dog in the first place. Are you simply looking for a dog your children will be able to play with, or do you want a dog with a purpose, such as a watchdog for instance? Do you need him to be able to follow you when you go jogging or cycling in the morning, or do you want an “accessory” dog like Paris Hilton and the like? All these questions will narrow down which type of breed you should be looking for – and which ones to avoid.

How Much Space Do You Have?

This is also a major factor to consider when buying any dog. Some dogs need more space than others and some work better as homebodies. Some breeds need to be active and won’t be happy if you don’t have a big yard they’ll be able to play in. Others may become depressed and restless if kept inside all the time and might develop behavioral issues. All these factors are central when choosing the right dog for you.

Which Breed Works the Best for You?

Now that you’ve narrowed down these two issues, you can start thinking about dog breeds. Different breeds have developed differently over the years and have acquired different attributes, depending on their environment.

If you’re looking for a watchdog, for instance, then you might go with something like a Bullmastiff or a Doberman Pinscher. However, these may be intimidating for some people, especially if you have small children. If that is the case, then you could look at smaller watchdogs instead. Some of the best small watchdogs include miniature Schnauzers, the Silky Terrier and Klein German Spitzs. All of these smaller watchdogs are very good with children and also work well in indoor settings.

If you’re looking for a jogging partner, then you could consider going for something like a Labrador Retriever. Not only are they very active and love the great outdoors, they’re also great with kids, making them one of the best family dogs you can find. Labs have strong but lean frames that allow them to follow you wherever, whether it’s on skate, foot, or bike. Not only that, but they’re also very obedient and loyal, making them perfect adventure companions as well.


Adding a dog to your family can be great, but it also comes with a set of responsibilities. Choosing the right dog is the first step to ensuring that the integration goes as smoothly as possible.




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