Posted 29th Jul 2016
Research has revealed that out of the 8.5 million dog-owning households in the UK, 81% say they treat their dogs as one of the family
The findings by tails.com, the new company that delivers tailor-made food blended to each individual dog’s nutritional and dietary needs, point to a deep-rooted emotional connection with our family dogs.
Sean McCormack, chief vet at Tails.com, suggests ten breeds of dog that are great for the family home.
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Cavalier is a truly sweet-natured, gentle breed making a wonderful addition to the family home, particularly with young children. Loves to play and get in amongst the action, but equally content snuggling up on your lap for cuddles.
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2. Beagle: Beagles are a sturdy breed that love to rough and tumble, with endless energy for play time. This does mean they need lots of exercise and stimulation; as a scent hound they can be difficult to teach to come back but are very smart, happy and outgoing.
3. Poodle: Poodles range in size from Toy, Miniature and Standard so suit many family’s needs. Despite a reputation as precious or fussy, they are a working breed keen to get involved with family activities and their low-shedding coats can actually be quite low maintenance with regular clipping.
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4. Labrador Retriever: Possibly one of the most popular and versatile breeds, the Labrador is a gentle, sociable, playful and patient all-rounder. Very intelligent but equally comical, the Labrador makes a fun addition to the family with a great sense of humour and adventure.
5. Bichon Frise: A happy, playful little breed that doesn't need too much exercise so is ideal for apartment living or less active families. They are very intelligent and can be a little stubborn to train, but more than make up for this with their loving, affectionate nature.
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6. Shih Tzu: This happy go lucky, affectionate breed makes a great choice for families of all ages and most activity levels. Not requiring too much exercise, the easy going Shih Tzu is a comfort loving, trusting companion who loves being close to you at all times.
7. Boxer: A wonderfully sociable breed, the Boxer loves to be around people and really enjoys playing and clowning around with children. Very energetic, exuberant and at times comically hyperactive when young, they do need lots of exercise and training.
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8. Border Terrier: Border terriers have a comical appearance and are a tough, adaptable little dog ideal for many families. Equally at home lazing in comfort inside or outdoors with the family on long walks or adventures, Borders are more laid back than most terrier breeds.
9. Hungarian Viszla: A truly active dog for families that enjoy the outdoors and can provide plenty of physical exercise, this energetic hunting breed can make a great addition to the family. Fiercely loyal, sometimes to the point of being clingy, Viszlas are loving, tactile, sturdy yet sensitive.
10. Mixed breeds: Finally, let’s not forget about the mixed breeds and cross breeds. However you want to label them, these dogs can make wonderful pets and so many of them are crying out for homes in shelters and re-homing charities. They’re often less prone to the genetic health conditions of pedigree dogs, so are more robust and less high maintenance.