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5 of The Most Well-Mannered Dog Breeds

With so many different breeds available, choosing a dog that suits you can be difficult. Different dog breeds present different traits, personalities and characteristics that can make them a good or bad fit for your lifestyle and environment.

Individuals that are looking for a dog to become a household pet or to live alongside a family will be interested in a breed that thrives in those conditions. If you want a dog to keep you company while you relax in one of your Amish shaker chairs or that would enjoy playing with your children and has a friendly nature, here are some dog breeds for consideration.

The Newfoundland

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The Newfoundland is widely considered one of the most kind-hearted and gentle dogs in existence. While their large size can be deceiving, the Newfoundland possesses a very sweet disposition. Due to their protective nature when it comes to families and their children, Newfoundlands make great household pets.

This breed is also known for its intelligence, patience and loyalty. For individuals looking for a very friendly pet or a dog that will seamlessly fit in with the family, the Newfoundland is an excellent breed to consider.

Labrador Retriever

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Recognized by petMD as one of the most popular dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever is a patient and loving dog. Its playful nature makes it an excellent dog for households that have children. While they love to be active and run around outside, Labrador Retrievers are also extremely obedient and loyal when trained properly.

Golden Retriever

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As with the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever is a playful and active breed. PetMD cited the breed as one of the easiest to train and noted the way in which it approaches learning new things with enthusiasm. Also, the Golden’s mild temperament and love for human companionship makes it an excellent family pet. Any Golden Retriever owner can attest to the loyalty and obedient nature this breed possesses.

The Collie

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Made famous thanks to Lassie, the Collie is another great family pet breed and it are known for its intelligence and gentle disposition. Collies are also very alert and graceful, traits that warrant their historical reputation as herding dogs.  Collies are impressionable dogs that love to please their owners and get along well with children. This combination of traits has led the Collie to become one of the most common canine pets.

The Bulldog

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The Bulldog is another breed that gets along well with children and is known for patience and affection. Its sturdy build makes it an excellent dog for playing with young children and its calm nature is very suitable for a household pet. In general, the Bulldog is a dog that loves being around people and will be friendly to your family, friends and even strangers.

So You Want a Bulldog

A Bulldog is much more than a pair of sad eyes and droopy jaws, but this dog’s appearance is a major reason for its popularity. The other reason these dogs are so popular is that they have a sweet and gentle nature.

This breed was originally created to help butchers slaughter bulls. Some people used the tenacious nature of the Bulldog to turn their dogs into bull baiters. When this ugly sport was outlawed, people that loved the breed began breeding only the sweetest dogs. Today, these dogs are sociable, friendly animals.

The Bulldog is a medium sized dog, but is still very powerful. These dogs weigh 40 to 50 pounds and stand 12 to 16 inches high. A Bulldog has a squat body, a flat forehead, and large jaws. This breed has dark, gentle eyes. Some Bulldogs have corkscrew tails, but they can also have straight tails.

The American Kennel Club classifies this breed as a member of the Non-Sporting Group. These odd looking dogs have one purpose, to be devoted companions. Luckily, they are well suited to their role.

Bulldogs are the ideal pets for apartment owners. They are very low energy and do not need to spend a lot of time exercising. Of course, they still enjoy taking a leisurely evening walk with their owners.

Of course, like any breed, the Bulldog does have a few flaws. When you live with a Bulldog, you may feel as though you are living in a frat house, since this breed will snore, drool, and pass gas frequently. Sometimes, one of these normally sweet natured dogs will bully other dogs, especially if there is food involved.

Despite their size, Bulldogs can be quite powerful. Because of this, it will be much easier for you to start training your dog as a puppy. Luckily, these dogs are eager to please their owners, although they are not always quick learners. In fact, some Bulldogs cannot understand even the simplest commands until they are six months old.

A Bulldog has a bit of a reputation as a chow hound. This breed likes to eat. However, you will need to be sure that you do not let your Bulldog overeat, since obesity can lead to serious health problems. Other health problems these charmers face are allergies, hip dysplasia, eye problems, and breathing problems.

Bulldog owners need to be especially careful to keep their dogs out of the sun. These dogs can overheat easily, which can prove fatal. Also, since this breed is prone to breathing problems, Bulldogs should never be walked using a choke collar. A harness will help you prevent their already small tracheas from being damaged.

With their short coats, Bulldogs need very little grooming. However, the wrinkles on their face require careful cleaning. If you do not keep your Bulldog’s wrinkles clean, he could develop skin infections, not to mention a nasty odor.

If you want a loving family pet and can overlook the fact that your little guy is a bit odoriferous, then a Bulldog may just be the right breed for you.