Dog owners and animal welfare groups are divided on the best breeds for the job of finding homes for abused dogs.
But the National Association of Dog Breeders says there’s no denying that many breeds are good for humans and pets.
“Some breeds are very good at what they do, some are very bad at what it does,” says the organization’s president, Jim Flanders.
“And we don’t want to have a breed that’s not good at something.
And so we’re going to try to find that balance.”
The best dogs for your home If you’re worried about a dog’s temperament, a few guidelines might help you make a decision.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) says a good bet is a mix of “very gentle” and “very aggressive” breeds, but some of the more “aggressive” breeds are more common in the U.S. “They’re very social,” says Dr. Karen Schindler, an animal behaviorist at Emory University.
“If they have a lot of time with you, they can be very affectionate.”
Dogs with strong and “caring” personalities are usually a good choice.
“A very nice, gentle dog with a very loving personality would be a very good choice for a home,” says Schindlers husband, Dr. Paul Schindels.
“Because you can’t make that dog aggressive.”
Dogs who are very curious about their environment are also good choices for a pet home.
“I’ve seen dogs that have very different personalities than they do when they’re in the house,” says Lisa Wahl, a retired dog trainer who lives in New York City.
“It’s more social and the dogs are much more interactive.”
Dog owners also need to be careful about a mix.
“The mix that is the perfect mix is a dog that has a very high level of obedience and love,” says Wahl.
“These dogs are very affectionates and want to please their owners.”
Dogs that are very “bonded” with their owners are a good option.
“People who don’t understand that they have to do something for their dog, or they have problems with it,” says Kristina Schinders, a former pet-training teacher and now an owner of an animal shelter.
“We have a dog in our home that has been abused, that is very bonded with us.
I don’t think we can have him anywhere else.”
But if you’re looking for a dog with an emotional bond, there are several breeds that can be a good match for your lifestyle.
“You could definitely do better than just having a very gentle dog, and a very aggressive dog,” says Kelly Matson, founder of the website Dogster.com, a site that has helped hundreds of pet-related businesses find homes for their dogs.
“There are a lot more aggressive breeds out there than just very gentle, but I think they are a better match for people who are looking for the most human-friendly dog.”
If you can, you can also try to get rid of unwanted dogs.
There are many ways to do this, but one simple way to do so is to adopt a new pet.
“Don’t have a pet that’s going to be the next dog you have,” says Matson.
To learn more about how to adopt, visit the website here.”
Or you could have a retired person come in and do it.”
To learn more about how to adopt, visit the website here.