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Top 5 Family Dogs: Grooming, Behavior, & More

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I've put together five of the best family dogs and things to know about them (none of them are hypoallergenic, in case you wanted to know).

Golden retrievers

Golden retrievers

#1: Golden Retrievers

Golden retrievers are known to be good family dogs. They're also known to be particularly smart, (the fourth smartest dog, actually) so they are easily trained. They only need average grooming (about every 4-6 weeks you should bathe and brush your dog as golden retrievers are very active). Golden retrievers are also very friendly and loyal. Sometimes golden retrievers are black, white, or a red-orange color, although they are not considered official pure bred golden retrievers. Pure bred golden retrievers are either light golden, dark golden, or medium golden. Hence the name golden retriever.

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Jack Russell terriers

Jack Russell terriers

#2: Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell terriers are very outgoing and almost never timid. They look somewhat like a beagle. They're very affectionate and understanding dogs. However, they are naturally inclined to be extremely energetic, as they were bred to be hunters. If you have other pets which are smaller than a Jack Russell terrier, you may want to keep a close eye on them, otherwise your terrier might scare or even attack your other pets. Jack Russell terriers also need very little grooming, specifically twice per year with a bristle brush. Even though they're known for being dangerous, if properly trained, they're good family dogs and decent with children as well.

German shepherd

German shepherd

#3: German Shepherds

German shepherds are good with children and in active families. They are gentle and they protect their owners as long as they are trained properly. German shepherds are usually good companions, even though they are known as the third most dangerous kind of dog. As I've already mentioned, if they're trained properly, they can be great family dogs, despite the fact that they're known to be vicious. To make up for being the third most dangerous dog, German shepherds are also the third smartest kind of dog. They need to be groomed about three times a week and usually don't need to be trimmed or clipped.

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Bernese mountain dog

Bernese mountain dog

#4: Bernese Mountain Dogs

Bernese mountain dogs were given the nickname "Berners" by enthusiasts. With proper training, they are good family dogs, but since they're watchdogs, they tend to bark often. They may want to chase or attack animals smaller than themselves and roughhouse. Although they are usually somewhat gentler when more mature and, again, properly trained. A bad thing about Berners is that their shedding is over average, so you may need to groom them more often than most dogs. Another bad thing (but only bad if you're lazy) is that Berners are incredibly active, so don't get one if you're not active.. Even though it could be your reminder to go on a jog everyday! (Berners are often compared to German Shepherds, and Berners herding and guarding was below average, the hunting and protection was very low, while German Shepherds scored high in everything.)

Siberian huskies

Siberian huskies

#5: Siberian Huskies

Siberian huskies are excellent dogs for families with children and are very loving and understanding. However, like almost every dog, should be supervised when playing with very young children. Although Siberian huskies are basically wolves, they're not good guard dogs. (They protect their owners, though.) They are actually hard to train (but are trainable) and they aren't naturally aggressive, so they're even affectionate to people they don't know. They also shed a lot, and, unfortunately, never stop shedding. Siberian huskies tend to get along well with most dogs, but should be raised with a cat (or other small animal) if you want them to be buddies. They, overall, don't need a lot of grooming. Just brush off loose or dead hair with any brush. No trimming or clipping required. If you want to get a loving, cuddly fur ball of energy that enjoys human interaction, get a Siberian husky.

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