Picking The Perfect Dog Breeds For Your Family Pet

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Picking The Perfect Dog Breeds For Your Family Pet

by George Phillips

The American Kennel Club only recognizes 143 dog breeds, but you will encounter many thousands of possible mixed dog breeds, when trying to pick the perfect dog for your family. There are upwards of 70 million dogs in the U.S., so you definitely need to have some guidelines in place to bring home the perfect family dog.

You may want to visit your local library for books with pictures and histories of the many different dog breeds in order to narrow down the choices when trying to pick one of the perfect dog breeds for your family.

Another factor in picking the perfect dog breeds for your family may be price, as not everyone can afford some of the prices being charged for purebred dog breeds in your local pet store. Many of the most popular purebred dog breeds can have a price tag from several hundred dollars to well over a thousand dollars or more. Locally you may want to visit your local animal shelter to see what they have available.

If you have children you may want to pick one of the less aggressive, smaller dog breeds that have a gentle temperament and are perfect for kids.

You will find these descriptions in the dog breeds history when doing your research on the different breeds. One important consideration is, when a dog is not a purebred dog, the mixed breeds dog may have a temperament different from what is projected for the main dog breeds temperament.

If you rent, your landlord may have a no pet clause in your rental agreement, so be sure to check first as I have had that happen to me before I bought our present home.

You may be wondering what kind of dog I own as a family pet, mine is a purebred Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise is a sturdy, happy, playful, adorable, smaller dog breed, which is great with kids.

George Phillips is the webmaster of The Better Home Living Guide and the Continuing Your Education Online website.

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