The bond between humans and animals is a very special one that’s hard to explain in words but easy to see when you own pets yourself. However, the most common question asked by pet owners about their animal companions is “What kind of best dog or cat would I get?” It can be difficult trying to decide on what breed you want because each has its unique traits and characteristics which makes them suitable to certain types of people and lifestyles.
Here we have compiled a list of our top ten favorite dog breeds for cats as well as some information regarding these breeds so you may make an informed decision before buying your next furry friend!
This beautiful white-faced toy spaniel was originally bred with chihuahua size, short legged bodies that resemble small balls. These tiny little ballers were used during World War II as bomb sniffing mascots due to their ability to detect explosives from great distances away.
They love being near their human families and will often follow them around like they’re walking toys if allowed. This breed loves attention and interaction and enjoys playing fetch, running through fields chasing sticks, exploring new places and going outside together.
If you live alone it might not be such a good idea since this breed tends to bark at the slightest noise. The maltese needs plenty of exercise daily, especially early in the morning to burn off energy levels accumulated throughout the day while sleeping. Their food should consist mainly of kibble mixed in water along with fresh veggies (carrots, green beans) and liver treats.
2. Bichon Frise
Also known as biches, these adorable little furballs come in all colors including black, red, blue, cream, wheaten and brindle. Bichons tend to thrive indoors due to their sensitive, gentle personalities. The reason why they seem to melt into couch cushions is mostly attributed to their big brown eyes that always look sad no matter how cute they are. Although not necessarily needy, they do require lots of affection and socialization to keep them happy.
Like other dogs, there are many different varieties of bichon frises ranging from standard, miniature, smooth coat, rough coat, wire hair and more. Each type has very distinct personality differences which affects everything from temperament to health issues such as hip dysplasia.
These energetic puppies are usually born deaf, blind and nearly naked after birth. As babies, poms need constant stimulation to help regulate their nervous system. To stimulate them, let them play hide and seek, tug o war, chase games, catch game etc.
Make sure you spend enough time with them daily to establish strong bonds with them. You’ll also need to take care of basic grooming requirements such as brushing, nail trims and regular vet checkups just like any other puppy.
Feed them high quality diets made specifically for dogs and avoid feeding commercial dry foods. A well trained Pom will make a wonderful companion and housemate who won’t mind sharing his bed with you either.
4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Known as kings, these graceful giants are full of life and vitality and require similar amounts of physical activity as larger dogs. Since they don’t grow too fast, training sessions should start when they reach 2 months old to ensure proper commands and manners are learned properly.
Unlike other large dog breeds, Cavaliers are generally quiet, calm natured and laid back. Because of their calm nature, they rarely cause problems unless provoked. But if they ever feel threatened, they are capable of defending themselves using sharp teeth and claws.
Some experts recommend keeping them inside rather than taking them outdoors where they could accidentally run over squirrels, rabbits, birds or kids. Also, they aren’t recommended for apartment living due to their barking tendency which can drive neighbors crazy.
5. West Highland Terriers
One of Scotland’s oldest existing terrier breeds, westies originated in the 19th century as working farm dogs whose job was to herd sheep and pull carts carrying heavy loads. Similar to Jack Russell Terriers, westies are smart, agile and active making them excellent family pets and outdoor fun seekers.
These friendly bundles of joy enjoy spending long hours running around the yard, snooping under furniture, catching flying insects and chewing squeaky toys. Owners must provide positive reinforcement every step of the way to train them correctly otherwise they may develop bad habits later on. Keep them out of hot sun, cold weather and wet conditions as these areas affect their skin.
Although classified as sight hounds, beagles prefer to use their sense of smell to find their prey instead of vision. With medium sized ears and oval shaped heads, beagles are quite popular among both men and women although males tend to be preferred in households with children.
Although they typically stay close to home, beagles are extremely playful and intelligent creatures that love interacting with their owners. In addition to being good watchdogs, these sweet looking pooches are also loyal, loving and patient. They are relatively low maintenance compared to bigger and faster growing canine breeds such as German Shepherds.
Just feed them high quality canned foods and clean up after them regularly. There are several different variations of this breed including English, Scottish, Sussex, Northern Irish, South African, American and Cocker Spaniel.
7. Boston Terriers
As one of America’s most popular purebred dogs, the Boston Terrier ranks third behind only Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers in popularity. This adorable bundle of fluffiness comes complete with a short nose, flattened skull shape, rounded head, wide mouth, deep chestnut colored coats and long thin legs.
Although they are small, Boston Terriers are powerful chew machines that love tearing apart cardboard boxes, digging holes in yards, destroying shoes and clothes and even shredding newspaper pages. To prevent this destructive behavior, devote ample amount of free time to exercising them physically and mentally.
Teach them tricks to earn praise and rewards. Buy them toys designed for smaller dogs as they wouldn’t be able to destroy them. Avoid letting them go outside unsupervised due to the possibility of getting injured by cars, fences and trees. And finally, never leave them unattended for longer periods of times whether you are home or not.
With a broad muscular body, thick neck and rectangular head shape, boxers are ideal for anyone seeking strength, stamina and power without having to worry about bulky build and weight. Although they rank fourth in terms of overall popularity, boxers are definitely one of my personal favorites.
Not to mention they are considered to be one of the toughest fighting dogs available today. They aren’t particularly demanding towards their owner’s time since they are fairly independent and self sufficient. All you really need to do is give them firm guidance and positive reinforcement whenever possible.
Don’t forget to brush their teeth once in awhile and keep their nails trimmed. Boxers are prone to developing bloat which requires immediate treatment to save lives. Also, they shouldn’t be left outside for extended periods of times due to extreme heat, rain or snow. One last thing to consider is that boxers are natural herddlebacks meaning they can slip and fall easily causing serious injuries. So if they break something, treat it immediately.
9. Bull Dogs
These giant beasts are named after the massive muscles located beneath their bellies. Originally bred to fight off predators, bull dogs are now commonly owned as household pets.
They are also popular among police officers and firefighters due to their protective qualities and willingness to work alongside others. Bulldogs are highly adaptable and versatile creatures that thrive in indoor or outdoor settings depending upon their owners’ preferences. They are slightly less demanding than Rottweilers and Pit Bulls therefore easier to handle.
Provide consistent supervision and practice obedience exercises with them to teach them correct behaviors. Train them on leash walks, sit, down and stand to improve control over their movements. Once again, pay extra attention to their dental hygiene to avoid painful illnesses, infections and tooth decay.
If you’ve been searching for a tough yet soft dog then dachshunds fit the bill perfectly. Known as wiener dogs, these funny looking wieners sported long slender tails resembling stilts attached to their backs. Originated in Germany, dachshunds originate from various European countries including England, France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.
There are two main variants of this breed – Smooth Coated and Wire Haired. Both of these types have distinctive markings which include prominent dark spots covering their entire bodies, short muzzles, tufted noses and long loose hairs sprouting out everywhere.
Due to their fragile appearance, dachshunds cannot withstand harsh environments such as hot summer temperatures, rainy seasons and freezing winter temperatures. Therefore, it is important to keep them warm and protected from exposure to extreme elements. Their diet consists of primarily of whole grain products, vegetables and healthy fats which helps reduce cholesterol levels and maintain normal blood sugar levels.
So whether you choose to adopt a dog or buy one already present in your local shelter, remember to take note of these points mentioned above to determine which breed is right for you. Remember, a new pet isn’t a replacement for lost loved ones nor does anything replace the importance of human relationships.