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What makes a dog the perfect family pet?

Posted by on 22nd Dec 2015

A dog can bring a lot into a household, undivided love, admiration and loyalty are but a few of the traits they posses. With new statistics showing that 52% of families own a pet it can be said that a dog can make a family complete and for those who don’t own a pet, many are sure to have flirted with the idea.

What attaches us to the idea of becoming a dog owner could be connected to our human instinct to nurture and love and to be loved in return. A dog can express undying love and loyalty, which is something all of us desire in our lives. What’s more, having a dog in the family home can teach children about being caring towards animals and the importance of loyalty.

Welcoming a dog into your home can bring many other benefits to the family. A dog requires daily exercise, which provides us with opportunity to gain our recommended daily exercise. Taking trips to the beach, walks in the park and having family outings using dedicated walks will becoming part of your everyday life. This in turn provides you with the chance to get to know your surrounding areas a lot better.

If you’re thinking of welcoming a new addition to the family there are a few things we believe you should consider:

  • Will you truly have enough time to look after a dog?
    • Do you have enough patience to train a dog?
    • Are you willing to change your life for a dog?
    • Do you have enough room to home a dog, whether the dog is small or large?
    • Are you prepared to pay vet bills, dog food, dog toys and so on?
  • There are many breeds of dog out there and some are not often the perfect choice to add to a family unit. However, there are many dogs out there that are considered the perfect family pet including:

  • Labrador retriever
    • Retriever
    • Bulldog
    • Beagle
    • Bull Terrier
    • Collie
    • Vizsla
    • Irish Setter
  • The above breeds are considered to be the best dogs for children and although Lassie and Beethoven are adorable dogs, they may not be the best choice for a family. When considering a dog you need to list the desired traits you wish to see in a dog. This and the questions above need carefully consideration because no matter how many times you may hear this quote, it’s true: A dog isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life.