Find the Perfect Dog for Your Lifestyle

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It’s impossible to deny that all dogs are individuals—playful, snuggly, mischievous, etc. Though the variety of traits is as vast as those of humans, there are often common traits shared between dogs of the same breed. For example, Poodles are known to have high intelligence, while King Charles Cavaliers are known to be chilled out.

If you’re thinking of bringing a dog into your home, learning about the various breed traits can be helpful—even in the case of mixed breeds!

“Any dog can behave well in public spaces, like restaurants, given the proper training and socialization,” says certified professional dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert Nicole Ellis. “Getting your dog into an exercise and training regimen as soon as possible will ensure your dog gets the benefit of the best traits available.”

To find a dog with the best characteristics for you and your family’s lifestyle and temperament, use Rover’s dog breed selector to answer questions about your lifestyle, and the selector will provide you with several suggestions. Below are a few of the highlighted breeds.


As the third most popular dog breed in the US, Chihuahuas make for excellent city dwellers. They have a ton of personality in a small body. They may need a bit of extra training to overcome this big dog personality, but they’ll be loyal by your side.


Thought poodles have been a staple dog breed in American homes for decades, they’ve increased in popularity due to their smarts and lack and shedding. Gentle with kids and couches, this breed is perfect for families of urban and rural areas alike. The Poodle is often intentionally—or not—mixed with other breeds, resulting in an adorably lovable mixes.

King Charles Cavalier

This happy go lucky dog breed is soft, floppy, and ever-so-kind. They’re equally as likely to lounge with you as they are to play in the living room. Known for being great with kids, King Charles Cavaliers are great dogs.

American Pit Bull Terrier

What was once the most popular dog breed in American and known for being a family pet, pit bulls and pit mixes have since faced somewhat of a negative stigma. It’s unfortunate because they’re easy to train, loyal, and impossibly snuggly.

Labrador Retriever

Aside from mixed breed dogs, Labrador retrievers are America’s most popular dog breed. These sporting dogs will accompany you on hikes, runs or hunting activities, while also getting along with other dogs and family members.

However, please be aware that these are generalizations, and individual dogs may not conform to these traits, especially if they are adopted and have previously been abused, neglected, abandoned, or otherwise lost their trust of human beings.

When considering adopting a dog from a shelter or directly from a friend or acquaintance, make sure you are ready and able to put in the time to gain its trust and show it how to fit into your family’s lifestyle. The result will be a companion that will be a loyal and loving member of your family.

Featured image credit: Matt Nelson mnelson [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


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