Experienced dog breeders claim that the breed does not have any influence on the character of the animal, but very often it is she who determines a set of specific models of his behavior. So, among representatives of one breed, distrustful and stubborn individuals are more common, among representatives of another – cheerful, friendly and affectionate. In the article, we will consider breeds that are more characterized by good nature, obedience and a gentle disposition.
Character traits of friendly dogs
The character of any dog is formed under the influence of various factors. The most important role here is played by the socialization of the animal, as well as the features of its upbringing, cultivation and training. Equally important is the manner in which the owner treats the dog.
A certain imprint on the character of the dog is also imposed by its temperament (a type of higher nervous activity). So, for friendly sanguine dogs, curiosity, cheerfulness and curiosity, high physical activity and interest in the world around us are more characteristic.
On a walk with such pets, you usually do not get bored: they willingly play with other animals, inquisitively explore unfamiliar territories.
At the same time, animals with a sanguine temperament often need increased attention from the owner. It is difficult for them to endure loneliness and the prolonged absence of the owner of the house.
The bright features of sanguine dogs are high efficiency, stable nervous system, courage, easy learning. Such animals, without hesitation, will rush to protect the owner if they feel that he is in danger.
Quick reaction, courage and high physical activity are also characteristic of dogs with a choleric temperament. They are characterized by a distrustful attitude towards strangers and animals, however, with the right upbringing, such pets become more sociable, friendly and contact.
Dogs with a phlegmatic temperament are usually calm, docile and affectionate animals, showing restrained emotions. Such dogs demonstrate their goodwill towards unfamiliar people and animals rather dryly. However, in relation to the owner, phlegmatic pets can show a feeling of love or joy very clearly.
Characteristic features of dogs with a phlegmatic temperament – good nature, calmness, balance, inertia. Most of these pets can easily endure loneliness for quite a long time.
Dogs with a melancholy temperament find it difficult to get used to new conditions, they are reluctant to make contact with strangers and strange animals. Most often they are timid, shy and indecisive. However, such pets treat their owner and members of his family with reverence and goodwill. Typically, this behavior is characteristic of dogs of decorative (“sofa”) breeds.
Dogs with a friendly and accommodating disposition make excellent companions and children’s nannies. Some breeds of dogs, distinguished by their good disposition and good trainability, are still used as guides, rescuers, and searchers.
It should be noted that a friendly and gentle disposition does not mean at all that the animal is not able to stand up for itself or protect the owner and his family.
With proper upbringing and proper training, a good-natured pet at the first danger signals will immediately turn into a formidable bodyguard.
The top of the most good-natured breeds includes both large and medium, and even miniature representatives of the canine family. In this rating, you can find Molossians, hunting, decorative and sled dogs, which are distinguished by their peaceful and docile disposition.
Dogs of this breed are considered one of the kindest in the world. Initially, the breed was bred as a hunting dog. Today’s Labrador Retrievers are increasingly used as rescuers, guide dogs, family companion dogs.
This breed of dog is characterized strong and powerful physique. The coat consists of coarse guard hairs and a thick, water-repellent undercoat. The colors allowed by the standard are fawn, black, chocolate brown.
Labrador Retrievers are amazingly kind, loyal, docile and affectionate dogs. They quickly become attached to the owner, obey him in everything, but at the same time they obey other family members. These animals are excellent companions and attentive nannies, who can be safely trusted to play with children. They also get along with other pets.
Dogs of this breed perfectly trainable. They are quick-witted, energetic, have a good memory and a stable psyche.
Collie (Scottish Sheepdog)
Scottish Shepherds (long-haired and short-haired) – graceful and elegant animals with a catchy, memorable appearance. The main purpose of this breed was originally grazing and protection of livestock.
However, the excellent working qualities, endurance and quick wit of the collie eventually expanded the scope of their functionality. So, during the existence of the breed, Scottish Shepherds were used as guard, mine-detecting and guard dogs. There are cases when collies took part in sabotage work and even acted in films (the notorious film “Lassie”).
Scottish Shepherds are characterized by: a strong, but not loose physique, a graceful and soft step, a mild and docile disposition. These animals are excellent for the role of nanny dogs, because they quickly find a common language with children. It is worth noting that the absence of aggression towards humans is enshrined in the standard of this spectacular breed.
Bright features of the Scottish Shepherd: energy, curiosity, cheerfulness, devotion and sociability. Showing attention to the owner and members of his family, collies can make various funny sounds. For this feature, collie dogs are often called “talkative”.
Animals are distinguished by a strong and stable psyche, complaisance, peaceful disposition.
The majestic “divers” or Newfoundlands are another undisputed leader in the list of the most kind and peaceful breeds. Distinctive features of these amazing animals are strength, endurance, quick wit and intelligence. They feel great in the water, love to swim, dive and swim. The physical data of the Newfoundlands allow them to stay afloat for a long time, overcoming considerable distances. These characteristics largely led to the use of dogs of this breed as reliable lifeguards on the water.
The appearance of the Newfoundlands makes a strong impression. These are powerful and massive animals with a strong physique, muscular paws. The gait of dogs of this breed is measured and confident, with a clear and measured step. Between the toes on the paws of the Newfoundlands there are well-developed, noticeable membranes. The coat is thick, double, water repellent. Classic jet black color. Acceptable colors are chocolate brown, black and white.
Despite the imposing appearance, Newfoundlands are one of the most kind and peaceful dogs in the world. These animals are devoid of aggression towards humans. They perfectly cope with the tasks of nanny dogs, they are able to independently make decisions in critical situations. They are easy to socialize, good-naturedly treat other pets.
This breed of graceful small dogs was originally bred for hunting. In terms of their working qualities, Bedlingtons were not inferior to their larger counterparts – terriers. However, in the 19th century, this breed began to be bred mainly for exhibitions, as a result of which the animals lost some of their original qualities. Currently, the breed is considered to be quite rare and, as a result, expensive.
Visually, Bedlington Terriers resemble lambs. Their coat is thick, fluffy, pleasant to the touch. Traditional colors – sand, blue, bluish-red, reddish-brown.
Despite the rather modest size (the height of dogs reaches 40 centimeters at the withers), these animals are distinguished by amazing courage and fearlessness. However, they do not show aggression towards humans. On the contrary, having a good-natured, soft and cheerful disposition, Bedlingtons are able to become excellent companions, reliable friends. Living in a family, they try to pay attention to both adults and children.
These are small, loyal and playful guards, who, with all their fragility and good nature, will bravely protect the owner and his family in case of danger.
The breed of these beautiful dogs was bred in Belgium. Initially, Bloodhounds were used as hounds, but over the years the range of their functions has become much wider. Excellent flair and excellent working qualities made it possible to use these animals as service and search dogs. They have found application as both companion dogs and tracker dogs.
Bloodhounds are characterized by a strong but toned body, powerful and muscular paws. The head has a slightly elongated shape, the superciliary arches are noticeably raised. The coat is short, smooth, close to the body. The traditional color is red, but black with tan is also allowed.
A characteristic feature of these dogs is a gentle disposition. The natural good nature of the Bloodhounds does not allow them to be trained as formidable guards. But also this breed is often characterized by stubbornness, which significantly complicates the process of training.
This breed was bred at the beginning of the 20th century in England. The original purpose of the Norwich Terrier was to protect farmers’ grain supplies from rodents. These little brave dogs are currently grown as companions.
The average height of Norwich Terriers is about 25 centimeters, weight – about 5 kilograms. Representatives of this breed have a compact and proportional physique, a small head with pointed and widely spaced ears. The dark, almond-shaped eyes of the Norwich Terrier give its muzzle a particularly touching expression. The coat is hard, thick, slightly elongated. The main color options are gray, black, red and wheaten.
The temperament of the Norwich Terrier is very peaceful, flexible. These are active and very good-natured animals that quickly find a common language with everyone who surrounds them. Characteristic features of this breed are poise and diplomacy.
This breed is considered one of the oldest. Its name goes back to the name of an ancient Eskimo tribe that once inhabited the coastal territories of Alaska. The amazing endurance and strength of the Malamutes originally determined their purpose and use as sled dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes have a strong and powerful, but not massive physique. A characteristic feature of the exterior of dogs of this breed is a mask on the muzzle or a “helmet” on the head.
The specific arrangement of the eyes and the intelligent expression of the muzzle give the Malamute a resemblance to a wolf, but at the same time, the look of the dog radiates kindness.
Malamutes, indeed, have a very good-natured character. For this reason, they are considered unsuitable for guard duty. These dogs really like communication, they are mobile and energetic. However, an experienced person should raise the Alaskan Malamute, since this breed is also characterized by stubbornness and a tendency to dominate.
This group of hunting dogs is characterized by a cheerful, kind and peaceful disposition. The most famous representatives of this breed are English, Scottish and Irish Setters.
Dogs of this breed have a beautiful, toned body, strong and muscular paws. One of the important advantages inherent in setters is their excellent flair, which allows them to accurately and quickly find a bird while hunting. The coat is long, soft and slightly curly. When keeping a dog in room conditions, the coat loses its undercoat, which protects the animal from the cold.
The English and Irish Setters are considered the most good-natured and friendly. The Scottish Setter, on the other hand, is sometimes prone to dominance, so its upbringing requires experience and relevant knowledge.
How to choose a puppy?
The choice and purchase of a puppy must be preceded by a thorough study of the characteristics of the breed you like. A potential owner must take into account not only their capabilities, but also the characteristics and specific features of the future pet.
It is important to take into account the temperament inherent in the vending breed. A good-natured, but hyperactive sanguine puppy is unlikely to suit a phlegmatic owner who appreciates peace and comfort. And vice versa: a calm and sedentary pet is likely to create inconvenience for the owner, who prefers an active lifestyle and long walks.
When choosing a puppy, it is necessary to evaluate its behavior, exterior and habits. Good-natured puppies in relation to strangers can behave wary, without showing aggression or cowardice. For most breeds, these qualities are vices.
It is necessary to visually assess the state of health of the puppy. Healthy puppies behave actively, willingly play with each other. When moving, they should not limp or fall to the sides.
The skin should be clean and pink, ears, nose, eyes and groin should be clean, without any traces of discharge.
Education of good-natured animals
Dog breeders with experience say that it is necessary to start raising a puppy in the first days after its purchase and adaptation in a new place. You should treat your pet with care, at first accustoming him to the name and to the place to sleep. Then you can move on to learning simple commands.
It is strictly forbidden to use brute physical force in relation to the dog. An animal that fears and avoids its owner will never reach its potential. However, it is impossible to pamper a dog – especially if the desire to dominate over the owner is guessed in its character.
The dog will grow up good-natured and peaceful, if you approach its socialization correctly from the very beginning. It is necessary to pay enough attention to your pet, communicate and play with it regularly. It is preferable that on walks the animal has the opportunity to play freely with other dogs.
You should not try to bring up qualities in a dog that are not inherent in its breed. Constant failure in the training process will only increase the tension between the animal and its owner. It is optimal to raise your pet in a rhythm that is close and suitable for him.
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