You may be wondering what the most popular dogs in the United States are. According to the American Kennel Club’s registration figures for 2006, the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd lead the large dog breed category
and the Yorkshire Terrier, Daschund and Poodle lead the small dog breed category.
They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but unless you have actually experienced the
bond between dog and owner it is difficult to understand the true depth of that bond.
But if you want a dog, you need to consider the right dog breed for you.
The Dog breed you choose plays a large part in how a dog fits into a family, couple or
single person’s lifestyle.
Different types of dogs require different types of care.
While there are many factors that you should consider, dog breed probably plays the
largest part. Dalmatians, for example, are not advised for families with children because
they have a tendency to bite.
Small dogs, like Chihuahuas or any "Toy Breed", are not recommended for small children
because the dog breed is so fragile. Pit bulls and other bully breeds are very loyal and
affectionate, but they are very much people dogs and require human interaction every day.
These dogs possess irrational, unpredictable behavior; they can be as lovable as a Yorkie
one day, and suddely become aggressive without reason.
Dogs are pack animals and they view their humans as part of their pack.
They want to be next to you and will be very protective of you. When you bond with your
dog, you will have a loyal friend and companion, but when you decide to get a dog, make
sure you are prepared to give it a forever home.
Find the right dog breed to fit your lifestyle. Not all dog breeds are the same.
Training is vital when you are bringing a dog into your family. It is highly suggested
that you get obedience training for your dog, regardless of whether you keep it inside or
However, if you have an inside dog you pretty much cannot get by without some type of
training. You need a well mannered dog in your home or it will be total chaos!
Keeping in mind that dogs are pack animals, it is necessary for you to establish yourself
as the “alpha dog.” Some dog breeds are more dominant than others, so if you are not
very assertive then you may want to opt for a less challenging, more submissive dog.
The right breed for your lifestyle as a dog owner is very important.
If you work all day and have little time to spend with your dog, then a very active dog
breed like a golden retriever is probably not for you.
A better breed choice may be two small dogs (so they can keep each other company while
you are gone). However, regardless of the breed, your dog needs interaction and exercise.
Even a dog that stays outside needs an owner to interact with, and at the very least
walked at regular times.
A healthy diet is also very important for keeping your dog happy and healthy.
Good protein, crunchy kibble (for healthy teeth and gums) and regular Vet visits will
keep your dog in good shape.
Make sure that he is current on his vaccinations, even if he is an inside dog. Your dog
depends on your for everything so it is up to you to make sure that all of his needs are
You can provide chew toys or bones to help prevent them from chewing your shoes and
furniture. It should also be noted that a bored dog will often chew, so if you keep your
dog properly stimulated and you interact with him regularly, you will have a dog that is
less likely to chew.
Kenneling during the day is also a good idea if you are not at home. Allowing your dog to
roam the house unsupervised is asking for trouble.
There is a lot to keeping a dog, but the effort is well worth it.
Your dog can be a wonderful companion and a loyal friend. Just remember that the
commitment is for a lifetime. Find a dog breed that works great with your family and
lifestyle and you will be well rewarded. The dog and owner relationship is one of
absolute devotion, if you choose the right dog breed!