Dogs can teach little ones so much, from compassion to responsibility – and, of course, they make excellent playmates. That said, you do need a dog that’s calm, gentle and patient.
Breeds to consider: Cockapoo, Labrador Retriever, Poodle, Irish Ssetter, Newfoundland, Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Whippet.
The obvious consideration here is the size of the dog, but, unless you want to quickly fall out with your neighbours, you’ll also want a dog who’s laid back and quiet. Check out our suggestions which include a breed (the Shih Tzu) originally bred to live in Chinese palaces!
Breeds to consider: Bichon Frise, Pug, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Havenese, Shih Tzu.
While there are no guarantees, certain breeds of dogs are more likely to get on with other pets. The toy group are often affectionate and sociable, while dogs in the sporting group are usually happy to be friends with everyone, including cats.
Breeds to consider: Basset Hound, Cockapoo, Beagle, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Collie, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Pug.
Not every dog lover can manage long, brisk walks, whether that’s because they’re restricted by time or mobility issues. And, while it’s important to bear in mind that all dogs need exercise to stay healthy and happy, there are some who need less than others.
Breeds to consider: Basset Hound, Bolognese, Brussels Griffon, Chihuahua, Pekinese, Pug, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Greyhound, Whippet.
Conversely you might be a very active person who is looking for a hiking companion to clock up the miles with.
Breeds to consider: Weimaraner, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Dalmation, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Boston Terrier, Jack Russell, Pointer, Irish Setter, Boxer.