Which Type of Dog is Best for You?



A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself. The hard part is deciding which breed to choose based on your life and hobbies. Certain breeds thrive better in specific environments and others are non-specific. Some details that might affect your success with a dog are: family size, how often you are home, if you live in an apartment, if you have a young baby at home, or if you have other dogs. Some good breeds for some of these types are: the golden retriever, bull-mastiff, and the beagle.

The best dog for a person with a family is a golden retriever. The golden retriever is “a sturdy, muscular dog,” stated by the American Kennel Club. They are medium-large in size with a life expectancy of 10-12 years. Golden Retrievers are known for being a very gently breed and have been able to carry a egg in its mouth without breaking it. They also carryover their puppy-like behavior into their adult life.

Pictured above is the Golden Retriever.

The best breed for someone who works all day or is rarely home, is the bull-mastiff. The bull-mastiff is a large breed, they have a life expectancy from 7-9 years, and are great listeners if trained when they are younger. Bull-mastiff’s do well with being alone for hours at a time but they do need more space because they are so large. Which means in order to be left alone for long time periods, it may be best for them to be left outside in an open yard or inside with lots of space.

Bull Mastiff

A good breed that lives happily with other dogs is the beagle. They are small to medium sized and generally love everyone. They have a life span of 10-15 years and are great dogs for agility. They love company of other dogs and people, so they could also make good service dogs for those with social anxiety. As said by Purina, “teaching tricks and playing games are always a hit with this breed.”

An 8 month old beagle.

Just because the golden retriever, bull-mastiff, and the beagle were the only ones addressed does not mean that all other breeds may not work for you. There are plenty of online quizzes you can take to find the perfect breed. If you are looking for a popular dog breed, always remember to check your local dog shelter. Shelters hold all different types of breeds and ages, which means you can find the perfect breed to match you!