This article is recommended by Helen, who hopes that it will serve as a guideline specially for first-timers who wish to adopt or own a dog.


Dogs For Working Owners

Most working people lead lives in which time is at a premium. They spend long hours away from home, and must-do errands and domestic chores occupy much of their time outside of work. Their most sensible choice in a canine companion would be a low-maintenance dog, one that requires minimal to moderate grooming and low to moderate exercise. A dog with a self-sufficient temperament that would be happiest with such folks. Some breeds that fit criteria are listed below:

  • Bull Terrier
  • French Bulldog
  • German Shepherd
  • Greyhound
  • Mastiff
  • Norwegian Elkhond
  • Pug
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Standard Poodle
  • Wippet

Dogs For Young Couples

When the issue is dog care, young couples benefit from the old adage that many hands make light work. Because there are two people to pitch in with grooming and exercise, they can often manage a higher maintenance dog than a single person could. Two family members also can provide plenty of attention and affection to higly people oriented dogs. The following is a list of some of the breeds that can fill the role of active, sociable canine playmate in a household of two:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Kheshond
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Siberian Husky
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier

Dogs For Seniors

Seniors who are retired or semi-retired have the luxury of ample time to spend with a dog. They may also live in a small homes where a large or extremely boisterous dogs just wouldn't fit. Operating on these assumptions, then, a sampling of small, sociable, manageable dog whose exercise needs can be met indoors or with a leisurely stroll follows:

  • Any toy breed
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier


  1. My life is  likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.  Remember that BEFORE you get me.

  2. Give me time to understand what you  want from me.

  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial to my well-being.

  4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I have only YOU.

  5. Talk  to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice.

  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget.

  7. Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really  don't want to do that.

  8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative,  obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods or I've been out in the sun too long or my heart is  getting old and weak.

  9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will  grow old.

  10. Go with me on difficult journeys. NEVER say, "I can't bear  to watch, or let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if YOU are there.

Remember, I LOVE YOU!!

Written by the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center
Published by the SPCA of Pinellas County, Florida
Submitted by Julie Martin


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