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Family Dog Breeds

Best family dog breeds

This is truly a toss-up, and depends on the type of family you have—active or absent; large or small; urban, suburban, or rural? Spaniels, Retrievers, Hounds, and some Terrier breeds are usually the best family dogs. Avoid breeds like the Rat Terrier, as it has a tendency to be feisty and difficult to socialize. Also, avoid toy breeds, like Chihuahuas, because they can become intensely jealous of affection that isn’t showered upon them. The Pit Bull was actually called the Nanny Dog by the Victorians, and is still just as responsible, vigilant, and deeply loving of children. Steer clear of dogs that are too strongly independent, as they may feel pressured by too much attention from kids and can be difficult to obedience train.