The first step to getting a family dog of any kind is to determine what type of dog would best suit your family. After all, there are different breeds of dogs and each one has their own unique characteristics that set them apart from others. Whether a mutt or a purebred, these three considerations will help you select a fine family dog: temperament, health, and training. For instance, a calm dog with a sweet temperament will likely be a good companion for the children while a hyperactive mutt may not be the best choice for a home with young children.
Most dogs have certain attributes that set them apart from other breeds; however, temperament is the most important determinant of each breed’s suitability as a family pet. In general, there are four main temperaments which are known as “alpha,” ” beta,” “the average” and “the negative.” Of these, the alpha dog (sometimes known as a “leader” or “leaderless”) is the most calm of the four. These dogs, due to their congenial and easy-going disposition, make ideal companions for children and are known to be affectionate and intelligent. The beta temperament is somewhere between the second and third temperament and is considered somewhat passive.
As humans get older, we tend to modify our pets to fit our moods. This makes them more compliant, confident and obedient, but it also often results in them exhibiting undesirable characteristics such as aggression, anxiety, or hyperactivity. For this reason, it is important to consider personality traits when choosing a new family companion. A calm, well-balanced dog with an interest in learning commands and playing with children will likely be an enjoyable member of your family. However, an overly boisterous, impulsive Labrador Retriever will probably not mesh well with the other members. While breeders claim that Labradors are naturally aggressive, studies have shown that Labradors with training have lower rates of aggressive behavior than those without.
After considering the breed, personality, energy level, age, and suitability for (or not compatibility with) your family, you should narrow your choices down to at least a few different types of Labrador Retrievers and choose the one that best complements your lifestyle, habits, and home. Since they are a very social breed, having a large household does not necessarily disqualify one from ownership. Some Labradors can be aggressive toward other dogs and have been known to attack other dogs that pose a threat to its dominant status. Therefore, while it is a safe idea to enroll your dog in obedience classes or an obedience class, you may want to consider a different breed of dog if this is a possibility. This is because some Labrador Retrievers, especially those bred for hunting, have been known to have a tendency to be aggressive.
Another consideration for choosing a family dog is size. Small dogs do not always make good family pets. This is because many small dogs are very playful and energetic but lack the socialization needed to be a good pet with children. These dogs should be socialized from an early age and given lots of attention. Labradors with small children should not be adopted. This is because small children can harm a poorly socialized Labrador.
Last but not least, consider the personality of the dog when choosing a family pet. The Beagle, which is rather strong-willed, is a perfect family dog for those who do not want a naggy, passive puppy. The Beagle does not shed and is somewhat active during the day. The Beagle also has an excellent sense of smell and is somewhat adventurous with its playfulness. However, those with an aggressive nature or who have a fear of the dark are probably better suited for other breeds. With all these considerations in mind, picking out a new Beagle puppy is not that difficult and can become a lot easier once you know what you are looking for.