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Love Your Pet: Choosing the Right Breed for You

Although some dogs can adapt to any household, choosing the right breed can make for a happier pet and owner.

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While these are by no means the only good dogs for each situation, here's a start:

Good dogs if you have children: Labrador retriever, golden retriever, Newfoundland–they are gentle. For small tots, consider a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Good dog for empty-nesters: Jack Russell terrier–energetic, friendly.

Good dogs for the elderly: Yorkshire terrier, bichon frisé–good companions, small for easy handling.

Good dog for an apartment: bassett hound–low-energy and mild-mannered.

Good dog if you have a big backyard: standard pointer–enjoys open spaces.

Good dog for coach potatoes: bulldog–they're low onenergy.

Good dogs if you frequently have visitors: Boston terrier, beagle–both are friendly and like attention.

Good dogs if you have allergies: bichon frisé, poodle, Maltese, schnauzer–all have hair, not fur.

Good dog to jog with: Dalmatian.

Good dogs if you want a swimming buddy: Labrador retriever, golden retriever, Newfoundland.

Good guard dogs: German shepherd, chow.

Good second dogs: golden retriever, Shih Tzu–they play well with others.

Good dogs to teach tricks: Shetland sheepdog, border collie–quick learners and obedient.

Good dog for first-time owners: Cavalier King Charles spaniel–friendly and not too big.