Finding the perfect dog breed - Michael Rosen

When it comes to dogs, some people are drawn to the scruffy; some, to the sleek. Some adore the "ugly" mug of, say, a Bulldog or Mastiff; others, the utterly cutesy face of a Papillon or Shih Tzu. Others prefer white coats to dark, or patches to polka-dots. But we should all remember that appearance doesn't shape a dog's character.

So, if not "looks", what does determine the ideal dog for your family? That's a question all of us dog people are frequently asked. So, take a look at this video and see if it can give you a clue!

If your family needs help luring fish into a net for supper get a Portuguese Water Dog. If you hunt wild boar or black bear adopt an Akita. If you frequently find yourself buried under several feet of snow seek out a Saint Bernard. Do your reindeer tend to wander off, you need a Samoyed.

But if you have no need for a dog bred for those tasks, then I suggest any purebred or mixed breed dog that is well trained. Much more than breed or sex or age, the care and time and training a family gives a dog will determine how "perfect" that companion will turn out to be.

So does that mean adopt a dog of any size, age, or energy level? Of course, not. Every family should have what I call "a pre-pet pow wow" it's an all-family-member town meeting. And it's then, not when the kids are standing in front of the adorable shelter dogs that a family should discuss what they have to offer a canine member of their pack. How much time does each member have? How much dog-safe space can you provide? How much would you enjoy exercising a dog? How committed are you to training? Would a dog's shedding, barking, slobber, stubbornness, strength, or other behavior present a significant problem?

Bringing a new dog into your family will be a great addition to your home. I hope that information provided here will help make the decision of which type of dog to choose easier!"

Michael J. Rosen ( is the author of more than 80 books for kids and adults including the recently published MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Pet.