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What Makes a Good Family Dog?

To determine which dog is best for your family , DVM and former board member of the Shelter Veterinary Association, Dr. Holly Putnam suggests considering the size of the dog, your family’s lifestyle, and what energy level will suit you best.

Regardless of whether a dog is purebred or not, these three factors can help you choose a good family dog:

  • Temperament  – ​​This is the personality of the dog. You must be looking for a compatible temperament. For example, a calmer dog has the ability to form strong bonds and be a great companion for your children.
  • Size  – Size alone does not determine whether a dog will be good with children. Size should be viewed in terms of both temperament and energy level. Some larger dogs  tend to be docile, while some smaller dogs can be excitable. Dr. “For example, if you have a family with small children, a large, stray dog ​​might unintentionally knock the kids down,” Putnam says.

Energy level  – This is a matter of preference for your family. Be realistic about the lifestyle you can provide for a dog that needs more exercise than average. If you can’t meet a dog’s needs, his excess energy can lead to behavior problems later on. Dr. Putnam gives the following example: “If you’re an avid runner and looking for a canine companion, a relaxed Basset Hound  may not be the best match.”


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