Before buying a dog, one key factor to consider is what breed is best for your family? There are many different breeds to choose from, but which one is best for you?
There are important elements that you should look at. If you have children, you want a dog breed that is friendly around kids. After having 2 full-size collies, our experience has been that the collie is an excellent family dog. Their temperament, demeanor and affection are wonderful with kids. Collies are smart and easy to train.
Each breed of dog had a job at one time and was a working dog. Collies and Old English sheepdogs were herding dogs. They tend to be protective of children, as if they were protecting sheep in the herd.
Some dogs, for example, which are more watchdogs, might not be as warm around children. Do your research on some of the more aggressive dogs to know what behavior you might expect.
The hunting dog is known as a great companion. The Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, English Setter, Cocker Spaniel and Irish Setter are hunting dogs that need exercise. If you will not be hunting with the dog, then they will need to have some space to roam.
Smaller dogs, toy breeds, are fun dogs. These dogs are better suited for smaller locations. The Chihuahua, Poodle and Pug are some examples of the toy dog breed.
One important person to check with on this topic is your Veterinarian (or potential veterinarian). The Vet has seen many breeds, if not most, and can give you some excellent advice about which dogs will fit in best with your family.