Which Dog Breed Makes the Best House Pet?
Thinking about getting a dog? Pets add so much love and fun (and responsibility!) to a home, but it’s important to choose the right dog. More than three million dogs enter shelters each year, and many of those are surrendered because they weren’t a good fit for their household. That’s never the dog’s fault, and it’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to base your decision about a pet on much more than looks.
So what is the best dog for a house pet? That’s easy! A Labrador, Chihuahua, Japanese Chin, Pitbull, Doberman, German Shepherd, Wheaton Terrier, Pug, Pointer, or a…
The truth is that there is no one dog breed that makes a perfect house pet for everyone. Your lifestyle, activity level, and other factors must be taken into account when deciding which dog is right for you.
Here are a few ideas of the best dogs for you based on various lifestyle criteria.
Not all dogs do well when left alone during the work day, but there are some breeds that make a great choice for such an independent, laid back lifestyle. A few examples:
- Bullmastiff: These gentle giants love to nap and don’t need to be active all the time, which makes them a great choice for apartment living or for owners who work every day.
- Chow Chow: If you want a dog that flops into your lap at every opportunity, then this rather reserved breed isn’t for you. But a Chow Chow’s independent nature does make it a good pet for the 9-to-5ers.
- Basset Hound: Are Basset Hounds lazy? Let’s just say they won’t mind having the opportunity to spend all day napping.
Dogs that are good with kids must be patient, willing to play, and loyal to their mini masters. Dozens of dogs fit the bill, such as:
- English Setter: Very patient and of a mild temperament, this breed can handle the active antics of children with ease.
- Beagle: One word: Snoopy. Enough said.
- Boston Terrier: This dog will happily run around the yard with your kids all day and then sleep at their feet at night. The smaller size (no more than 25 pounds) makes them easier for children to handle.
Running Partners/High Activity
If you want a dog as a running partner, you need to choose a breed suited to the task in order to avoid injuring your pet or pushing him past his physical limits. Happily, there are many breeds that will challenge you on your daily run, including:
- Weimaraner: This breed NEEDS a lot of exercise, so it’s a perfect choice for long trail runs.
- Vizslas: Long runs? No problem! Able to run in the heat? Check!
- Greyhounds: Surprisingly, Greyhounds aren’t the best choice for long runs, but if you’re more of a sprinter, this is your dog.
Are you obsessed with keeping a perfectly clean house? If so, you might think that there is no way a dog could fit into your family—but there are some breeds of dogs that are a great choice for an ultra-clean home, including:
- Basenji: These dogs are very clean, practice self-grooming, and have none of that typical dog odor.
- Japanese Chin: This breed actively grooms and even licks their feet to be sure they are clean.
- American Hairless Terrier: Zero shedding? Sounds like a neat freak’s dream dog!
Let’s Not Forget the Mixed Breeds!
All of the personality traits you may love in purebred dogs can be found in mixed breed pets. Those three million dogs that enter shelters each year? They need homes, so consider starting your search for the perfect house pet at the local shelter or rescue group rather than a breeder.
Even if you have your heart set on a particular breed, you can often find exactly what you want by doing a search for “(breed) rescue group” or by talking to the staff at a shelter near you. The only thing better than finding the perfect pet for your family is knowing that you also saved a life.
If you do end up going the breeder route, be sure to choose a reputable breeder that allows you to visit the dog onsite. This ensures you’re not supporting the abhorrent practices of puppy mills, and that the puppy you get will be happy and healthy.
While there is no one dog that is perfect for everyone, finding the best dog for a house pet is as simple as being honest about your lifestyle and then searching for the pup that will fit in seamlessly.
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