Choosing the Best Dog Breed for Your Family

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For millions of years dogs have remained a constant companion of man. Bred from the aggressive and formidable Gray Wolf tens of thousands of years ago the domestic dog now lives in many homes across the world. Where in the far distant past the domestic dog was bred as a guard animal, a beast of burden, and even a food source the dogs of today are bred for a far more endearing purpose-companionship and love. Finding a pet dog that is more of a joy than a chore is necessary when asking: How much is that puppy in the window? “The American Kennel Club recognizes 150 different breeds of dogs and that number can soar to more than 400 if you count mixed breeds” (Sarah McCurdy). So how does a family decide on just one particular dog when there are so many different breeds? Understandably, picking the right pet dog for a family can require some research. When choosing a family dog one must take into account, the amount of upkeep and exercise the dog requires. A dog that sheds an excessive amount, has lingering health issues, or requires professional care may not be a desired fit for a busy or impoverished family. The temperament of the animal is also a large factor when deciding on a breed. A dog that is aggressive or easily frightened is not a favorable pet because a scared or provoked dog can potentially be dangerous or even deadly. Having a pet dog is something most families do for love, companionship, and to teach responsibility to their children, and according to thebostonchannel.com the top five best-suited dogs for families with children are the Newfoundland, the Pug, the Keeshond, the Golden Retriever, and the Labrador Retriever (Sarah McCurdy). Fifth on the list for top family dog is the Newfoundland. According to Sara... ... middle of paper ... ... difficult choice and can help decide if that puppy in the window is an aggressive territorial bitter or a new family member to be cherished and loved. Works Cited "American Kennel Club.” American Kennel Club - akc.org. 2011. The American Kennel Club, Inc. 16 Feb. 2011 . Dan. "The Best Family Dogs – 10 Breeds For Homes With Children | Dog Reflections.” The Dog Guide: Helping You Find Your Perfect Dog. © The Dog Guide, 5 May 2008. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. . McCurdy, Sarah. "What Are The 5 Best Dogs For Your Family? - Family News Story - WCVB Boston." Boston News, Massachusetts News, Weather & Sports, Channel 5 TV - WCVB TheBostonChannel.com. 2011. Hearst Stations Inc. 16 Feb. 2011 .

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