Last week I saw a story about how a dog saved two girls from being hit by a vehicle. The two girls are the daughter of the dog’s owner. They were not injured but the dog’s jaw was ripped out open after he was the one hit by the vehicle. Now it’s highly unlikely that the dog can survive.
That kind of story demonstrates the loyalty that you can expect from dogs. They are willing to protect the people that they are attached to no matter what. The selfless demonstration to protect his owners demonstrated by that heroic dog is really the kind of loyalty that you can expect from these animals.
The Perfect Companion- A lot has been written about dogs being the perfect companions. Of all the animals that man has domesticated dogs are the most suited as pets. Generations of breeding and being domesticated has made them more at home in the houses of their masters than in the wild. Indeed they are going to be lost and would hardly be able to defend themselves in the wild. They have become too dependent on humans. Sometimes it’s a good thing for them to be so dependent, sometimes it isn’t.
What is definite however is the fact that they can serve as the perfect companion to humans. There are even some people who would prefer the companionship offered by dogs over that of other humans. It’s because dogs love their masters unconditionally. They just want you to love them back. That’s all that they really want.
Getting Your Own Dog Pet- A dog should be your first choice when you are thinking of getting a pet. They could most of the needs that you have when it comes to having an animal to take care of. As mentioned dogs can be very loyal and caring towards their masters so if it is companionship is what you are after then you are sure to get it with dogs. The problem that you have to settle now is the type of dog breed that you are going to get. Though the characteristics that we have discussed are generic to all kinds of dogs, each breed has specific characteristic that you need to be aware of.
Picking the Right Breed of Dog- There are so many dog breeds that are available that you have to decide on some things first to make sure that you pick the best breeds for you. Why do you need a dog in the first place? Do you want a dog to guard your place? Do you want a dog for companionship? Different types of dog breeds can provide different things of course. Then there are the specific details that you need to settle. Here are some of those things that you need to answer before heading to your local pet shop:
Space- How much space do you have in your place?
Intelligence- What level of intelligence would you want from your dog?
Size- What is the size of the dog that you would like to get?
Coat- What kind of texture, length and type of the coat is ideal for you?
Grooming- How much time can you spend on grooming a pet dog?
Drooling- Can you deal with breeds that drool a lot?
Shedding- Can you handle dogs that shed a lot?
Activity- What level of activity would you like from the dog.
Hunting- Do you want a dog breed that is meant for hunting?
Dog for Kids- Do you want a dog that can be good with kids?
Guard Dogs- Do you want dogs that can be used for guarding your place?
Sociable- Do you want a dog that is very sociable?
The Best Dog Breeds- To help make you decide in picking the right dog breed to get here are some description of the leading dog breeds that you can get:
Chow Chow- This is one of the oldest dog breeds. They look very cuddly and furry and seems very cute. Their appearance however belies the fact that they are fiercely independent and is rather reserved. If what you want is a dog that would cuddle up to you then look for some other breed because you can’t expect a Chow to do that. They are too dignified for that kind of stuff. They can make excellent guard dogs since they are very territorial and protective of their owners.
Mastiff- These dogs were specifically bred to be guard dogs. Their sheer size alone they can be very intimidating. The mastiff is one of the largest dog breeds and is very powerful. As guard dogs they are very protective of their owners and their families. They are very gentle too and they are patient with children.
German Shepherd- If you are looking for an intelligent guard dog that you can train easily then the German Shepherd is the right dog breed to get. This is one of the most intelligent dog breeds and can learn from training right away. They are very confident and have no fear. That is why it is important that you establish authority right away or they might be difficult to handle.
Labrador Retriever- This is one of the most popular dog breeds today. Labs are highly intelligent and sociable animals. They love being around with people. They constantly seek approval and attention. You have to given them regular exercise as well so they don’t get bored and become destructive. They are excellent with children, other dogs and even strangers.
Golden Retriever- This is another common and popular dog breed in the United States. They are very intelligent and can be trained easily. They love to please and has a very good temperament. They don’t make very good guard dogs though since they get along very well with everybody.
Pug- These small dogs are so ugly they’re cute. They are very affectionate and live for human companionship and affection. They love human attention. If you can not give them the amount of attention that they need then don’t get a pug because they’ll be miserable. They should not be left unattended outdoors since they can die from heat quickly. Because they love eating you have to ensure that they do not become obese.
Saint Bernard- If you want an awesome pet in your house then a Saint Bernard is a good choice. These dogs are highly intelligent and can be very patient with children. On the downside they can eat like a small army, they slobber a lot and well.. they’re huge. They can be trained but remember to give them a moderate amount of exercise since they have to be active.
Collie- If you are looking for a dog that can be part of the family then a Collie is the right one to get. These highly intelligent dogs love being with people especially their family. They are specially good with children and their shepherding instincts would show when they would follow the children in the family around making sure that they are protected at all times. Since they are very sociable they can along with people and other dogs as well. They need lots of attention from you so be ready to devote some time to them if you get a collie.