The terrier dog group is sometimes a controversial breed, but these dogs can be wonderful family pets—if properly trained.
“Socialization is key to success with this breed, ” Demling says. “Calm, confident training and handling is critical in making sure this breed becomes a well-loved family member.”
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The bull terrier is very protective by nature, so it’s important to train your bull terrier to know when the owner has a situation under control (almost always) and when his protective help is needed. You’ll also need to keep these dogs active.
“They are very ‘busy’ dogs that need a job and direction in order to prevent them from destroying things in the house and developing other problem behaviors, ” Demling explains. “They have endless energy to keep up with kids over 6 and active families. Their fun-loving outlook to life and ability to entertain make them great family pets with a proper protective edge.”
Fun Fact: Famous bull terriers include Spuds MacKenzie from the 1980s Budweiser commercials, and the Target dog.
This breed is known as the gentle giant—Great Pyrenees grow to well over 100 pounds. But don’t let their size fool you; they’re great dogs for families.
“Since they are a guardian breed that was meant to protect a flock, they are great with kids of all ages, ” Demling says. “Being with their family is of paramount importance for this breed.”
Make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to spending time with your Great Pyrenees. And perhaps a Dyson Animal Vac or plenty of lint rollers handy.
“If you don’t like dog hair, don’t get this breed, ” Demling laughs. “Their coat is gorgeous but they will shed all over your house!”
Despite their size, Great Pyrenees don’t need tons of exercise. They would enjoy a large yard to roam or one to two brisk walks a day. They like consistency and knowing who their family is.