How to Select the Right Family Dog

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Medium to large breed dogs may be better equipped to tolerate the activity, noise and rough play which are an inevitable part of living with children. Many were bred to work with humans, running through brush, jumping in icy water and standing alongside while a hunter shot game. These jobs have prepared them to mentally and physically handle life with children.

Whether you choose a small breed like the Yorkshire Terrier or large breed such as the Labrador Retriever, parents must consider what role the dog will play within the family. Will he be the boys' outdoor playmate – expected to hike, jog, run and romp with the kids? If yes, a Labrador may be a wise choice. If your dog will be the plus one at your daughter's next tea party, sitting alongside Ken and Barbie, a Yorkie may be just what you're looking for.

I hope this article gives you some great tips on picking the best family dog for you and your family.


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