The Family Friendly Dog Guide

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Choosing a dog can be a bewildering task these days, especially for families with young children. With so many different and increasing dog breeds to choose from, and considering those occasional worrying press reports regarding dog attacks, choosing a suitable family dog can be a confusing and stressful time. This situation isn't helped by the fact that many of the dog-related sites often seem to be aimed solely at experts, dog breeders or specific breeds. With all of this in mind, and seeing as we've been through this very same dilemma in the past, we decided to make this condensed but informative guide aimed at helping families to choose the best family dog possible. We hope you find it useful.

The right dog?

Affenpinscher Airedale Terrier Basset Hound
Beagle Bergamasco Bichon Frise
Border Collie Chihuahua Dalmatian
Great Dane Jack Russell Terrier Scottish Terrier

This is the million dollar question. Choosing a dog to suit both you, your family (if any) and your lifestyle correctly is vitally important. Will a puppy or an adult dog be better? How about a dog or a bitch? A small dog or a large one? And should it be a crossbreed or a pedigree? And just which breeds make the best family dogs anyway?

Whichever you choose, a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, as the well known phrase goes, and in reality a dog may well form a part of your life for well over a decade. With this in mind, it is a good idea to do a little research before choosing a dog, whether it is for a family environment or for someone living alone. To help you, we've indexed over 210 breeds for you to browse in the Dog Breeds A-Z section. This section provides concise breed information regarding physical descriptions, temperament, history, skills, common breed ailments, shedding, grooming, exercise and suitable living environments. This helpful dog breeds section will continue to grow so be sure to check back from time to time. In addition, we've also offered the results of our own search for the best dog for our family. The result of that will no doubt surprise you.

Most Searched Dog?

Our statistics show that currently the most searched dog seems to be the Patterdale Terrier, a small sized dog originating from England that was originally used for finding foxes. This is closely followed by the Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle from England too. The most searched dog group right now continues to be Small Dogs. Keep checking back because this changes all the time.

Memorable Dog Quotations

"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in"...Mark Twain.

"The poor dog, in life the firmest friend, the first to welcome, foremost to defend"...Lord Byron.

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies"...Gene Hill.

"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either"...Unknown.

"The more people I meet, the more I like my dog"...Unknown.

"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail"...Unknown.

"Dogs never bite me. Just humans"...Marilyn Monroe.

"To err is human - to forgive, canine"...Unknown.

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