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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.

Labrador Retrievers Remain the Most Popular Breed of Dog

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There are so many breeds of dog, it can be overwhelming to think about them all! Some of these dogs unfortunately haven gotten a bad rap over the years, but there is one breed of dog that has continually avoided this fate. Whether yellow, black or chocolate in color, the Labrador Retriever remains one of the most loved and trusted breeds of dogs, and is at present the most popular breed in the world.

Go all the way back to 1994 and you’ll still find this breed ruled as the globe’s most beloved dog. But how is it that the Labrador continues to be loved decade after decade?

Easily Recognizable, Thanks To Movies

There is an array of movies that feature Labrador Retrievers in the role of faithful companion and trusted hero, such as Homeward Bound. In fact, there are few animals that have been as well represented in memorable roles as the Labrador Retriever. There is much positive media attention in films targeted primarily to families and children, so it’s no wonder all this leads to greater demand for Labradors as a pet.

Wonderful Experiences with The Labrador

In addition to positive media attention, there is a long history of wonderful memories created and shared by having these loving dogs in one’s home. It’s extremely rare to hear a bad word said about any type of Retriever.

When it comes to choosing a pet, it always helps to know there are positive experiences associated with a breed you are considering bringing into your household. The Labrador Retriever is associated with faithfulness, gentleness, playfulness and unconditional love. They are the type of dog you feel you can have around your children, elderly parents or neighbors — even those who are otherwise wary of dogs.

Word Of Mouth Continues to Keep Labs on Top

So long as it’s consensus that Labrador Retrievers make great pets, it’s easy to anticipate they will remain popular for many years to come. Even as other breeds gain in popularity, they have to overcome obstacles that Retrievers do not. Some breeds suffer from the image of being poor pets for households with kids. Others are too new or too obscure to build a fan base.

As for the Labrador Retriever, this breed got a major head start, rising in popularity at the same time as digital age grew and blossomed. It makes it easier than ever to share stories and find information about what dog is right for you and or your family. With so much positive feedback already in circulation, it will be a long time before any breed comes close to challenging the universal love and affection afforded the Labrador.

Rare Breed Profile: The Thai Ridgeback

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The Thai Ridgeback dog was introduced to the United States fewer than 20 years ago, but its history in Asia dates back some 2,000 years. Also referred to as Mah Thai Lang Ahn, they were rarely seen outside their native Thailand for centuries, but in recent years they’ve begun emigrating to other countries.

The Thai Ridgeback gets its name from a distinctive ridge of fur that runs along its back in the opposite direction of its other fur. Only two other dog breeds in the entire world, the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the Phu Quoc Ridgeback, share this trait.

Appearance

These dogs are very agile, very athletic and very strong. The males may stand up to 24 inches tall and weigh up to 60 pounds, while the females are generally 22 inches or fewer and weigh less than 55 pounds.

They have low-set, triangular ears. They have a short, hard coat that may be red, black, fawn or blue. The ridges may come in one of eight varieties: bowling pin, lute , arrow, needle, saddleback, feather, violin or leaf.

Disposition

Thai Ridgebacks are a very smart breed. They enjoy daily mental stimulation and respond well when their owners test their considerable intelligence. They must be well trained, though; otherwise, this breed can become overly aggressive. If they receive proper instruction as pups, they make loving, polite family dogs.

They have a strong urge to hunt. They can be difficult and independent minded, so dog handlers who have some experience with large, difficult breeds are usually best at breaking them. Unlike many dog breeds, Thai Ridgebacks developed in relative isolation in the Thai mountains, so many of them aren’t used to being around people. They can learn to love them, but it doesn’t happen overnight.

History

The Thai Ridgeback’s history can be traced back to the most recent Stone Age in Thailand. Rock art that dates back to that time shows a dog that resembles the Thai Ridgeback accompanying his master on the hunt.

It’s believed that the breed descended from Pariah-type dogs, which have their origins in ancient times. It’s also believed that the Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Phu Quoc Ridgeback, which is from Vietnam, share some ancestry with the Thai Ridgeback because of the ridge they all share. However, it’s never been determined exactly how they’re related.

Uses

These days the Thai Ridgeback is used mainly as a livestock guardian or as a watchdog. They’re not employed by hunters as much, especially in the U.S., as there are already so many other competent hunting breeds. But they’re still admired for their fierce and unusual appearance, which stands out from so many other common dogs.

About the Author:
Adrienne Erin is a dog-loving blogger and freelance writer who writes about everything from breeds of dogs to electronic mice repellent. If you are interested in seeing more of her work, find her on Twitter: @adrienneerin.