Beagle: If given adequate exercise, beagles are a calm house pet. They are an excellent child’s dog as their nature is both gentle and tolerant. They are also very playful and willing to join in games. Negatives of this breed include a propensity to roam, bark and howl…You have decided to purchase a dog, but you are unsure what breed will best fit your family’s lifestyle. Temperament, intelligence and the activity level of a dog should be considered when deciding on a breed.
Family dog/ great temperament:
The temperament of a breed is very important when you have children, elderly live-ins, frequent company or other pets. You want a dog that is tolerant of rough play and gentle with children. Here are some excellent family dogs that exude fine temperament:
- Beagle: If given adequate exercise, beagles are a calm house pet. They are an excellent child’s dog as their nature is both gentle and tolerant. They are also very playful and willing to join in games. Negatives of this breed include a propensity to roam, bark and howl.
- Labrador Retriever: Labs are one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They are devoted, obedient, great with kids and get along well with other animals. It can be a calm house dog or a playful yard dog. Negatives of this breed include a tendency to get into trouble if bored. To avoid these negative characteristics, keep labs engaged and occupied.
- Golden Retriever: This breed is similar in nature to a lab. They are also eager to please and are great with children. They are active and belong with a family that has the time to accommodate its activity level. If the dog is not given enough attention, then negative behavior will be unlikely to occur.
Perhaps a dog’s mental capacity, or trainability, is more of your concern. These breeds are some of the most intelligent breeds you will find:
- Border collie: The Border collie is extremely intelligent. It is a loyal and dependable companion. Border collies become intent on whatever task they are working to master. Negatives aspects of this breed include their tendency get along poorly with other animals. They can be overprotective of their owners, and this behavior can result in aggression toward strangers.
- German shepherd: The German shepherd’s work ethic is unsurpassed. It is devoted, faithful and extremely intelligent. That is the reason these dogs are often police dogs. They can be trained to do almost anything. The negative aspects of this breed are their tendency to be aloof and suspicious toward strangers. They also can be overly protective of their home and family.
- Other extremely intelligent breeds include the Australian Cattle Dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Doberman Pinscher, and the aforementioned Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever.