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See Dogs That Are More Shy If you're going to share your home with a dog, you'll need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house.
See Dogs That Are Not Big Droolers Some breeds are brush-and-go dogs; others require regular bathing, clipping, and other grooming just to stay clean and healthy.So are breeds with short noses, like Bulldogs or Pugs, since they can't pant as well to cool themselves off.If you want a heat-sensitive breed, the dog will need to stay indoors with you on warm or humid days, and you'll need to be extra cautious about exercising your dog in the heat.Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren't so family-friendly.**All dogs are individuals.Our ratings are generalizations, and they're not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave.This doesn't mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases; it just means that they're at an increased risk.
If you're buying a puppy, it's a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you're interested in, so you can ask the breeder about the physical health of your potential pup's parents and other relatives.
See Dogs Poorly Suited For Hot Weather Some breeds are independent and aloof, even if they've been raised by the same person since puppyhood; others bond closely to one person and are indifferent to everyone else; and some shower the whole family with affection.
Breed isn't the only factor that goes into affection levels; dogs who were raised inside a home with people around feel more comfortable with humans and bond more easily.
See Dogs Less Affectionate with Family Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog.
You may be surprised by who's on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (aka pit bulls).
See Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living Some dogs are simply easier than others: they take to training better and are fairly easygoing.