Bringing a dog into your home is a wonderful way to add to your family. The companionship and loyalty that a dog offers is sure to brighten your days and inspire memories to treasure for years to come. While some people may have a specific breed in mind to adopt, others interested in welcoming a dog home may not have a preference, as long as he is healthy and well behaved. If you find that you have limited space in the home or don’t live in an area near parks or open fields, you may want to consider a breed that is better suited indoors.
When you think of indoor dogs, the image of a lap dog, one that a star might carry in her bag, can dominate your mind. While it’s true that some of the smaller breeds, like Dachshunds and Yorkshire Terriers, are popular with people looking for a primarily indoor dog, there are other breeds to consider that are just as lovable. Let’s take a look at a few:
Jack Russell Terrier: Jack Russells are easily recognized by their coloration. If you get reruns of “Frasier” on your local channels, you’ll know that show’s canine co-star is this breed. Jack Russells are usually bright and good at training, so if you’re persistent you shouldn’t have too much trouble with this dog in your home.
Beagles – Some might think that beagles are more suited to being outdoor dogs because they are used for hunting and other activities. However, beagles also make good indoor dogs, just be careful because they are traditionally curious and like to sniff.
Bassett Hounds – Often referred to as a “down” dog, the Bassett Hound likes to be a good indoor dog as they don’t tend to move around much. A short-haired breed, it is also easy to maintain.
Bulldogs – Purebred bulldogs don’t do well in hot weather, so it’s good to keep one indoors where it can be comfortable. They are not active dogs like the larger breeds, although they are expected to be taken for walks when it is time to relieve themselves.
From playful to restful, there is a good breed of dog suitable to stay in your home. You may want to consult with a veterinarian if you have questions about your home and how well a certain type of dog may adapt to living with you and your family. Wisely choose a wonderful friendship with your new partner.