A lot of us when deciding for a pet just look at the physical attribute of the animal or go by what our friends suggested. But adopting or buying a pet is nothing less than adding a member to your family. So we need to be careful about the choices we make and keep a lot of things in mind while taking this big step.

Here we have a gist of some most common pet dog breeds to give you an idea about the dog you were just going to buy without knowing much about it.

#1: Golden Retriever

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Golden retrievers are all-rounders. They are one of the friendliest and tolerant dogs; so if you are a family person, you may like them. Golden retrievers are good at tracking, hunting and sniffing. Many children’s hospitals in US keep Golden retrievers as therapy pets, so they are heelers too.

A Golden retriever may be right for you if you want a dog who is large, athletic, steady- tempered, peaceful and cheerful.

#2: Labrador

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Labradors are not extreme in any attributes of their nature.  They need daily exercise, for 1-2 hours at least to keep fit but if you live in a flat, you will need to take him out far more often than this. Labs are relatively large and lively, so they will take up a lot of space in your home. They are one of the strongest smelling breeds. So if you are sensitive to the ‘doggy’ smell, think before buying a lab.

#3: Pug

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Pugs are cute, little, funny- looking dogs that are small yet sturdy and blocky. Pugs don’t need much of exercise as they are small dogs. Their biggest problem is their snoring. Adults are loud and irritable while sleeping. Pugs may be the dog pet for you if you want a small ‘puppy dogged’ face pet with the habits of snoring, snorting, wheezing, sniffling and some slobbering. Not to forget, pugs fart too.

#4: German Shepherd

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According to AKC Standards, the German Shepherd “has a distinct personality marked by direct and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self-confidence, and a certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them”. Well, that’s what makes a German Shepherd. So if you are looking for a pet dog that is strong, athletic, intelligent, challenging and loyal, these are right for you. But also, don’t forget that sometimes German Shepherds are very short- tempered before training and they provide careful socialization.

#5: Saint Bernard

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Saint Bernard is one of the most giant popular breeds who are muscular and powerful and loves staying in cold weather. They are friendly to any stranger but also quick responsive to any danger to any of the family member. In order to stay fit, Bernards need daily exercise even if they don’t want. The most important thing to this breed is attention. They crave for attention, and if not given or left alone for long, they become dispirited and destructive. A Saint Bernard is right for you if you are looking for a pet that is powerful, massive, steady- tempered, responsive to show training and lives in cold weather. But note that Saint Bernards have a short life span and have a risk of serious health problems.

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