Choosing Dog Breeds

By David Carscadden

How to find the right breed is challenging. You can search the dog breed guides. Many people try a commercial breed selector, but that can be an iffy option because some of the best breeds, but lesser known, arenít even in their data bases. You can browse through related detailed books trying to find answers to your essential questions like which breed is the best family dog breed for your kids and family. We feel that you can get the best detailed breed information right here on Here on, there are a lot of great options to consider. Itís complete with pictures and profile info guides of most recognized AKC and CKC recognized breeds. You can browse lists of similar size breeds, or other sized dogs, from tiny dogs to the giant breeds. You can read articles about health problems in the breeds, if any. In the case of the purebred dogs, and because they are purebred registered dogs, you can search for conformation details. Itís easy to examine the history behind each breed. Itís easy to review predictable breed temperaments, and traits such as playfulness and activity levels. You can review the breedís typical attitude towards strangers. Do they make good watchdogs? Are they a good choice for protection? How trainable are they? You will discover if the breed is aggressive or friendly with other canines and other animals. There are physical considerations too, such as how big do they get? Is it right for you? How much do they shed? Are they hypoallergenic? How much grooming is required? How much exercise does the dog require? There are answers about what kind of climate the breed is comfortable in. A lot depends on the type of coat the dog has. Is this breed good in hot climates and/or cold ones? A crucial question is about their life expectancy.

We suggest you begin your search for a great family dog, by considering the size of breed you want. Your environment will play an import role in that decision. If you live in the country with unlimited space, just about any size breed is an option. If however you live in a small apartment or condo, a smaller size dog, a Toy dog, or no dog at all for the present time, might be the best choice.

Small Dog Breeds or Toy Dogs:

There are roughly 50 different breeds of small dogs from which to choose. Some of these choices are very dainty with fragile bones, while others are small in height perhaps, but very robust. If people have children, then choosing from this group of canines gets complex. Since puppies are delicate, they generally are not a good mix for a family with very young rambunctious children. Bones are easily broken while playing especially unsupervised, in the presence of puppies. Ball chasing for example is dangerous because of sudden under foot accidents. In addition, little children while playing, often hit or poke things at puppies. They donít realize they might cause hurt or pain.

Small Dogs continued:

Small puppies can become frightened by such rough play, and can become snappy while trying to protect themselves. If the children are older and more controlled however, choosing a puppy from the Toy group could be a perfect option. People without children, and older retired people, like to choose from the small breeds group because they are easier to handle and control while walking on lead. They are also lighter and more easily picked up. Another consideration is that they cost less to feed.  See the small dogs, to find a great family dog for you.

The Medium Sized Breeds:

The medium sized dogs are perhaps the most popular canines for a family with children. There are about 50 breeds in this category from which to select. There is an abundance of info which will guide you in your choosing. There are spaniels, and terriers, some of the hounds, non-sporting dogs, and herding dogs too. You can find a complete list of the breeds and dog breeders in alphabetical order here on Dogbiz.

The Large Dog Breeds:

The large dog breeds, consist of about 40 choices. They are mostly sporting breeds, larger hounds and many of the working breeds. Some of the herding breeds are also popular choices. Each breed has a wealth of detailed info to guide people in making the right selection for you family. Many of these choices are hunting dogs, bird dogs and scenting dogs.

The Giant Breeds:

There are about 20 breeds which are considered very large or giant dog breeds. The Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds definitely would without question, fall into this category. A detailed search of these breeds will be pleasantly revealing and surprising to most people as to their suitability, a good choice or not, for a family with children.

While doing your research:

While doing your homework searching and reading the related guidelines for choosing the right breed, finding great family dog breeds, good with children, you can see beautiful champion show dog pictures, in show condition, and many pictures of puppies too. They are on the breed pages and in the dog breeders sections, where you can locate available puppies, and sometimes adult dogs for sale.

Not to be forgotten when selecting your ideal family pet, is long term care. You should be aware of dog health issues, or health problems. Some choices of very large dogs and some medium sized dogs require special puppy foods for a slower, sounder development of their skeletons. You need to have a veterinarian for annual check- ups and for vaccinations to prevent infectious diseases, prevalent in all unprotected canines. There are frequently unexpected costs and related considerations. There is a plethora of helpful canine guides, both books and web pages on these and other dog topics. Don't miss the dog clubs, and dog rescue sections. A Second Chance dog, or Rescue Dog from an animal shelter makes a wonderful choice for the family, and saves a life. We hope you enjoy the more than 1000 selected pages here on, for your learning how to find great family dog breeds.

By David Carscadden