What is the Best Dog Breed?

Defining “The Best Dog” is as difficult as naming every variation of our loveable companions. To top this off, the number of desirable attributes spread across each breed further complicates the topic at hand. However, when most people are looking for the “Best Dog”, they are usually talking about the dog being gentle, kind, loyal and all around loveable. So, What is The Best Dog Breed? Let’s take a look.

Of course, as many would suspect, the Golden Retriever is absolutely on this list. This breed of dog is particularly known for making a good match with family homes. They are also good with children as they can match their high levels of energy (a blessing for any of you parents out there). Kristie Leong, M.D., in her article “The Five Most Gentle Dog Breeds” notes that they are known for being very friendly and welcoming.

Commonly mistaken for the Golden Retriever is the Labrador Retriever. Much like the aforementioned breed, Labradors also tend to be good with children. They also work well with other animals, making nice pets for a home with multiple animals. As with the Golden, this breed also has plenty of energy, so be sure that you have sufficient play space before adopting one of these two breeds.

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The two dogs mentioned already are on the large side of dog breeds, so they are not suitable for a person living in a tiny apartment. According to Pet Meds Online’s article “The Top 10 Most Affectionate and Playful Dog Breeds,” the Bichon Frise, Papillion and the King Charles Spaniel are all small dogs that have gentle and loving temperaments. They are loving animals and the Papillion, in particular, loves to cuddle. Potential owners should note that this breed can be a little bit possessive, and some members of the Bichon Frise family can be a bit difficult to house train.

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Not every family has children, but that does not mean they aren’t looking for a kind, gentle and loving dog. Irish Setters, according to “The Top 10 Most Affectionate and Playful Dog Breeds,” by petmedsonline.org, are not the best option for families with small children, but that is because they are often overly enthusiastic in showing their affection! In addition to being full of love, this type of breed is happy and eager to please the owners, making for less “accidents” in areas such as house training and keeping the dog from chewing up valuable items.

Ultimately, whether or not a dog is a “The Best Dog Breed” for a family or person is going to depend upon the individual. Dogs that need plenty of energy might become destructive if they are cooped up all day.  Dogs that show lots of affection and love for their owners might inadvertently knock down a small child in an effort to give a doggy kiss or hug. But that doesn’t mean the right dog isn’t out there for you!  Just make sure to thoroughly research dog breeds before selecting one for your family!

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