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Dogs become lifelong friends and are the most popular pet in Australia with over 4.8million four-legged fur babies living in forever homes across Australia. What is given by us in care and training is returned three-fold in love, companionship and unshakable loyalty. However, with so many breeds to choose from coming in all shapes and sizes, how do you choose a dog breed which fits your home and lifestyle.
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The Best Dog Breed for My Family

When it comes to choosing the best dog breed for my family there are certain characteristics that I look for, such as which breed would suit our lifestyle. Jo is the guest blogger today and is from Elka which is an Australian company, they have been around for over 25 years. Elka dog poop bags are high quality EPI degradable dog waste bags used by councils all around Australia. Today Jo is discussing which dog breeds are suited to families and their lifestyles.
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Active Lifestyle

If you love to be out on a morning run, spend your days out on the road, or have young children with boundless energy, you’ll want to choose a dog that has bundles of stamina to run, play, and become a great outdoor companion on your morning jog.

Spaniels tend to have excellent temperaments around children, and they love getting cuddles from passers-by. Retrievers, Collies and other working dog breeds love to have jobs to do and thrive on stimulation. They also tend to be smarter than the average dog and therefore easier to train although they need to be kept on their toes! If you are outdoors a lot and have young kids looking for their first dog, then these mid-size working breeds are ideal.
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Introverts and The Quiet Life

Like to keep a low profile on the weekend with your nose in a book? Hate big crowds? Like nothing more than a cuddle on the couch or a gentle walk? Rescue greyhounds are wonderful pets for introverts or adults without children. Surprisingly, they tend to have docile natures and like nothing more than a good long nap after short bursts of energy. They don’t need a lot of grooming and bond tightly with their owners. The Shiba Inu, aside from being one of the more insta-famous breeds are gentle, loving and also bond strongly with their owners. Bassett Hounds look like just like their personality, they aren’t built for speed, love the low key life and are an excellent choice for those who like to live life quietly.
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City Living

If you live in the city, the chances are that you live in an apartment or small townhouse. Smaller toy breeds are perfect for city living. Space doesn’t become an issue and poodle, and poodle mixes don’t shed hair which makes urban living easier. French bulldogs and pugs are becoming very popular for city dwellers, but seek out rescue centres first and if going to a breeder, be extra vigilant in checking their credentials and breed lines as modern breeds can have severe breathing difficulties.
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Country Living

If you live in the country, you can pretty much choose any dog you wish! With large open spaces, you may need a little help on the land, or enjoy long bush walks so breeds such as the iconic blue heeler, Irish wolfhound, border collie or labrador are great dogs to have out in the country. Organisations such as The Australian Working Dog Rescue can pair you up with a four-legged pal who is looking for a chance at a forever home.
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The one thing to remember is that choosing a specific breed does not guarantee that the dog will exude all of the common traits. We humans also need to commit to taking care of them and demonstrating responsible dog ownership. Like people, dogs have their personality traits, quirks and insecurities and that’s why we fall in love with them!

Jo-Ann Duff
Elka Biodegradable Dog Waste Bags

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Elka via a guest post with links to purchase their degradable dog waste bags. I did not receive any monetary compensation, I did receive a box of their degradable dog waste bags to use.

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