Dog Breeds to Keep Petting at Home
By Camille de la Pena
Dogs are indeed man’s best friend so keeping one at home is surely a great decision. Acquiring a dog in your home can be difficult when it comes to choosing a breed, but worry no more. Here are the top five best breeds that you could keep petting at home:
1. Labrador Retriever
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Labrador Retrievers are one of the most known breeds in the world. They are known to be friendly, outgoing and they play well with others. Surely, they will match your family’s energy level for they are very active and high-spirited.
They are also good with other dogs given your supervision. So if you are taking them for a walk, make sure to supervise them around other dogs.
Labradors will surely love it when you brush their hair. This will lessen the chances of shedding inside your home.
With their sweet faces and engaging personalities, it’s no wonder these are such beloved dogs!
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Bulldogs are relaxed breeds that tend to be indoors most of the time. They may have low energy levels but they are more friendly and goofy than they may look.
They are known for being courageous, and will protect their loved ones given any circumstances. Make sure to give them space on your couch because they really love to loaf around or squeeze onto your lap even if they are about 50 pounds.
They require brushing their fur once a week. The more you brush, the less hair you’ll see around your furniture and clothing. Also, you need to make sure to clean and dry their skin since the wrinkles on their face and neck are prone to bacteria.
With their appearance, they may seem very aggressive but they are not. They are in fact dopey and will surely just walk away when they feel bothered, but don’t worry they are generally friendly and sweet!
3. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are playful, outgoing and gentle. They are ideal for families who are welcoming a dog in their family for the first time. They see themselves as part of the family so you need to keep them near you and treat them like a family. There is also no problem with them living with other pets. They can be trusted living with cats, dogs, rabbits or any other animals.
Exercise is an essential part of their day. They really like going outdoors for a walk as they are bred to be hunt dogs in the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century. An hour of exercise outside will make their day.
Good brushing once a week and a bath once or twice a month should be enough to properly maintain its fur and avoid getting hair all over your house. Make sure to dry their hair and brush it properly after bath to avoid skin problems.
They live up to their name; they love retrieving just about anything thrown for them. This makes them excellent companions outdoors and often maintain their fun-loving puppy attitudes and signature smile into adulthood.
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Beagles are known to be loud, playful, curious and loving. With their very active energy and quickness, they require plenty of exercise and companionship with the owner. They have a sharp sense of smell that brings them to find a scent and follow it to the end of the Earth.
They are also great companions to children (of course, with supervision) and other pets such as dogs and cats. It is important to socialize them from a young age so they can learn to play nicely and not get too aggressive.
Frequent brushing of their hair ( two to three times a week) will prevent shedding and promote new, healthy hair growth. As their long floppy shaped-ear, they require weekly ear care. It is best to consult your veterinarian to know the right way to clean it and prevent certain skin problems and infections.
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Pugs are the happiest when they can be near their owners. Keeping one at home surely makes their heart melt. This mischievous, charming and loving breed is enjoyable to be around and requires a lot of attention from the owner.
You should also prepare for their loud snores because they sleep for about 14 hours a day. They love to snuggle and lounge and love to hop right onto your bed. Although they shed a lot, it is okay because this dog is content to do whatever their owner wants to do, whether that be watching a movie or going for a walk around the block.
Giving them a bath once a month and brushing their hair regularly will somehow control the shedding. Make sure to always dry their wrinkles once in a while because these are grounds to build up bacteria and may cause unnecessary skin infections. As they don’t often love to walk a lot outdoors, their nails don’t naturally wear off. Trimming their nails regularly is a great idea.
Pugs require a lot of affection. Make sure to show them yours because they are bred to be the owner’s companion.
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