So you’ve made the big decision – to get your first dog. Congratulations! Of course, now that you’ve made that decision you have to make a choice. Given the fact that the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 180 different dog breeds it can be a bit difficult to make the right choice. Of course, you should do your research to determine what type of breed might best fit with your family and your lifestyle but the AKC recommends these three breeds for first-time dog owners.
Collies – these dogs are devoted especially to children and very affectionate. In addition, Collies are very intelligent and excellent at understanding your moods. Do keep in mind that collies are very active dogs and need their daily exercise. There are two types of Collies – rough- and smooth-coated. The Rough Collie’s immense coat needs brushing once a week so if sitting around for 15 or 20 minutes brushing a dog isn’t your idea of a great way to spend your time, you would be better off choosing a Smooth-coated Collie.
English Springer Spaniel – these dogs are usually very cheerful and lovable companions and have an attitude that’s eager to please. They like to stick close to you as they were bred to work very closely with humans in the fields. English Springer Spaniel’s were bred to work long days as a hunter’s companion and need a great deal of exercise. Their coat is moderately long and does require regular brushing.
Papillon – If you think you’d be happiest with a toy breed, Papillon’s are very versatile dogs. They can usually be adapted to any sort of living environment whether it’s in an apartment or out in the country. Papillons are alert, happy little dogs that love to play outdoors. However, they can be easily entertained indoors as well. Papillion’s are quick, athletic dogs to take well to training. You will need to regularly brush their long, silky, low-shedding coats.
For information on more wonderful dog breeds, visit the AKC at www.woofipedia.com.
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