Sporty and outgoing, or cute and cuddly? Dogs come in all shapes and sizes – but which could be perfect for you? Find out with LV=.
- Relaxed, mature dogs are ideal for older people who want to keep active with gentle walks and enjoy relaxing on the sofa
- Spaniels need lots of stimulation and exercise making them the perfect companion for active families
- Fiercely loyal, those looking for a best friend who’s always by their side should choose a Labrador or a Golden Retriever
From excitable Spaniels, to loyal Labradors and dotty Dalmatians, there’s a perfect breed of dog out there for most people. Find out more about the types of breed that could fit the bill for your family with our handy guide:
The lazy companion
Placid, gentle and extremely affectionate, lazy dogs love nothing more than having a snuggle on the sofa with their owner and going for steady walks.
These types of dogs make the perfect companion for older people who may not have the energy or mobility for excitable or physically demanding dogs. They also make the perfect family companion, are great with older kids, and are relaxed around the home.
If they’re not laid across your feet or following you, you’ll find them snoozing the day away in their bed.
The perfect lazy dogs to warm your heart and sofa are Bulldogs, Basset Hounds and Pugs.
The clever boy (or girl!)
If you’re looking for a dog that’s easy to train, will pick up tricks and be obedient, you’ll need a clever boy or girl! Of course, all dogs can be trained but some are naturally smarter than others and will follow commands, making them perfect to train.
Dogs of this nature tend to make great working dogs such as hunters or police dogs and sheep dogs. Scent hounds also fit into this category as they have a great nose for tracking and will follow a scent relentlessly to find the source.
These dog breeds tend to be tuned in to their surroundings, athletic and energetic. They tend to perform best at agility tests but can be destructive if they don’t get enough stimulation, making them ideal for active families.
The loyal best friend
If you’re looking for a companion to sit by your side and guard your home, Labradors are the nation’s favourite dog for a reason. Fiercely loyal and attentive, there is no better breed if you’re looking for a new best friend.
Their large size makes them a perfect guard dog, with their friendly nature meaning they’ll try their best to snuggle up with you on the sofa no matter how much you tell them to get down. But don’t be mistaken, due to their larger size, these dogs need plenty of exercise to stay stimulated and make sure they don’t gain too much weight.
Sweet, caring and great with children, these breeds can be relied upon whatever the occasion.
The most loyal dogs include Labradors, Golden Retrievers and St Bernards.
Not all dogs are created equal, so it’s important to choose a breed that matches your lifestyle so you can both live a happy life together.
The one with heaps of personality
Energetic and fiery, or active and adventurous, there are plenty of breeds known for their bags of personality. Whether they’re bouncing off the walls and full of energy, cheeky and mischievous, or cute and adorable, some breeds just have a certain charm.
Be it a loveable Yorkshire Terrier or sweetheart sausage dogs, these unique dogs can’t put a paw wrong.
Breeds that are guaranteed to brighten up your day include Beagles, Boxers, Schnauzers, Dachshunds and Labradoodles.
Not all dogs are created equal, so it’s important to choose a breed that matches your lifestyle so you can both live a happy life together. And once you've made your choice, don't forget to keep your pooch covered with pet insurance.
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