Most of us have had an encounter with a dog. Whether we have had our own pet or become attached to our neighbor's dog, we all know how nice it is to have a best friend. Although dogs are generally pleasant to be with, each breed has their own set of characteristics. These distinct characteristics will be helpful in finding the right one for your lifestyle and needs.

The dog for single people living alone

Most single people often live in an apartment or condominium. This means that there can be problems when it comes to the space limitation as well as the amount of energy your dog naturally has.

Typically, if you are living in a confined space, a calm, polite, dog will be very ideal. The breed should be polite to your neighbors as well as other dogs within the area to avoid problems. Of course, the breed alone will not guarantee a well-behaved dog. You should train your dog and socialize it with other people to reduce aggressive tendencies. The breeds you can choose from that are suitable for apartment living are the following:

  • Beagle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Basset Hound
  • Border coli
  • Boston terrier
  • Chinese shar-pei
  • Pembroke welsh corgi
  • Pug

Dogs that are good with family living

For a family dog, you can have a high energy dog that is affectionate with everyone in the family. A dog that can give love equally among all of your family members.

Although again, breed is not the only factor in a dog's behavior, it is a big part of it. If you are looking for dogs that are also good around children, here are some of the breeds you can choose from:

  • Golden retriever
  • Labrador retriever
  • Basset hound
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Cocker spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • Jack Russel terrier

The most important thing when it comes to dogs is that you get to socialize them with people early in their lives.

You should be consistent when it comes to punishment and rewards. Breed is not everything that makes a dog the way it is but also how you brought it up. So don't blame the Dog Breed if it turns out vicious or if your dog exhibits aggression against other dogs or people. These can be corrected with conditioning and training.

Also, make sure that you provide all the basic needs your dog is entitled to. This includes medical treatment, good nourishment, and leisure time. If you do not give time to your dog, it can become depressed or aloof. Some dogs can even display aggression if its basic needs are not met. So before you decide to get a dog for yourself, think if you can afford to give it the time of day and the love it deserves.