Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Great breeds for first-time dog owners

Congratulations! You've made the decision to add a dog to your family for the first time, but with 180 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, choosing the type of dog can be daunting. You should always research what type of breed fits best with your lifestyle, but to get you started, the AKC recommends the following breeds for first-time dog owners:

The English springer spaniel is a cheerful, lovable companion with an eager-to-please attitude. They like to stick close to their owners, as they were bred to work closely with humans in the fields. Because they were bred to work long days as hunters' companions, English springer spaniels need a great deal of exercise. They have moderately long double coats that need regular brushing.

Collies are affectionate and devoted, especially to children. They are highly intelligent and very good at understanding people's moods. Collies are very active dogs, needing daily exercise. The breed has two coat types: rough and smooth. The Rough Collie's immense coat needs brushing once a week.

The Papillon is a very versatile toy breed. They are easily adaptable to all sorts of living environments, whether they're in an apartment or out in the country. They are happy, alert little dogs that love to play outdoors but can be easily entertained inside as well. They are quick, athletic dogs that take well to training. Their long, silky, low-shedding coat needs regular brushing.

 
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