Deciding which breed of dog to get can be both exciting and daunting at the same time, especially when you have a family

Deciding which breed of dog to get can be both exciting and daunting at the same time, especially when you have a family. Some traits to take into consideration are patience, playfulness, exercise and grooming requirements, and size.

Below is A&E’s Top Ten Dogs For The Family list with an added personality description of each breed.

1. Beagle
Beagles make wonderful family dogs because they are so loving and energetic. They are extremely adaptable to various climates and routines. They are quite intelligent, which makes them easier to train, although their energetic nature can cause them to be a bit naughty if proper training is not administered.

2. Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise make great watchdogs without being aggressive. They are good with other pets and children and do not require a lot of exercise. They also have a curly coat that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

3. Border Collie
Border Collies love to have close handling with people, so they’re perfect for both work and play. They require a considerable amount of physical activity to stay happy, as they are a herding breed.

4. Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers are famous for being gentle and well-mannered. They get along well with other household pets and tend to be very friendly with strangers. Harsh or heavy-handed training methods can result in the dog becoming timid.

5. Boxer
Boxers are very energetic and love lots of affection. They make excellent guard dogs, however they can become very excited with visitors they’re familiar with. While they’re very friendly, a boxer wouldn’t be a good choice in dog if you have small children, as boxers tend to become excited and mimic a boxing motion when they jump.

6. Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels are a happy breed that are content as either a hunting or companion pet. They are sensitive and don’t usually challenge the authority of their owner. They live well with both children and other pets.

7. German Shepherd
German Shepherds are renown for their loyalty, courage, and intelligence. They are eager to please and are patient and gentle with family members. In order for them to be happy, they need to have a job or “purpose,” which is why they make such excellent police dogs.

8. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are very easy-going and train very well. They’re wonderful with children and other pets and require A LOT of attention and physical activity. They retain a puppy-like personality until mid-life or later, so they make perfect companions for active owners.

9. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers have an easy trainability. They’re also gentle, fun-loving, and boisterous. They LOVE to swim and fetch, so a family with a yard or one who walks a lot would be ideal.

10. Poodle
Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds of dog. They tend to be on the sensitive side and require a lot of affection from their family. They are great with children as well as other pets.

Sources:
http://www.helpyourpets.com
http://www.dog-dna.com
http://virtualimpax.com/a_dog_for_the_family/index.html

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