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Which breed of dog is best for you?

Living with a dog is wonderful, but it can become a headache if you don't choose the right one for you.

If you have decided to incorporate a dog into the family, congratulations!!

At Baluka we love pets and we think it is a wise decision that will bring joy, activity, an intense social life and even better prospects to your life of health.

Having a dog implies many benefits, but also drawbacks

There are many benefits of living with a dog, although we take for fact that you have valued the cons: you will have to dedicate time and care to them, you will have to clean the house more frequently and you will find hair everywhere, if you have to leave home you will have to find someone to take care of it, it will mean an expense in food, vet, vaccinations…

Still, you have it clear. For you (and if you have already had a dog for more reason) the advantages of having a canine companion far outweigh those drawbacks.

Of course, you will have to assess which dog will best suit you based on your style of life, housing or age.

If you are an athlete and love nature

There are some breeds of dog that, like you, , they love to go running, hiking or long walks, and even swim.

The following breeds are especially suitable to accompany you on your outings:

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Labrador Retriever

The most popular, highly intelligent, affectionate and extremely active, he adores his human family and does not tire easily.

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Golden Retriever

With a hunting instinct and very, very versatile: calm at home, playful and energetic when out for exercise.

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Border Collie

The most intelligent, super energetic, great runner and good keeper of a herd, or in default, of his family of humans.



Very active and energetic and a friend of children. They love to run and play, they appreciate your company and attention, so it will be a good companion on your outings and walks.

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German Shepherd

Very faithful and brave, with great energy and guardian instinct. He is one of the most popular dogs and highly appreciated for his friendly character with children and his ease of training. It will certainly keep up with the most athletic.

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Despite being considered a potentially dangerous dog (PPP), a well-behaved Pitbull is affectionate, protective, patient and ideal for living with children. He needs to channel his energy with plenty of exercise, so he'll be happy to hang out with you several times a day. Do not forget that in Spain you need a license, civil liability insurance and must wear a leash and muzzle to go outside.

Despite everything said, any dog ​​of any breed can be the best companion for exercise and physical activity if you respect their individual characteristics, adapt to their size and age and care about their health and safety.

If you want to know more about the ideal dogs for athletes, go to the post “IDEAL DOGS FOR SPORTSMEN AND NATURE LOVERS

If you live in a small space

You will have been told many times that in a small flat or apartment it is better not to have dogs. But if you choose a small or mini breed dog and you take care of it and feed it correctly, you should not have any problems.

These are some of the breeds that adapt easily to living in confined spaces:


Miniature Schnauzer

Cheerful, intelligent, affectionate, and extremely energetic and playful. In a small flat or apartment, always with his owner or family, he will feel happy and confident.



There are different varieties, but due to its size, the Toy Poodle (which does not usually weigh 5 kg) or the Medium Poodle (which weighs around 13 kg).

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Maltese Bichon

Small, affectionate and calm. It adapts perfectly to small spaces since it barely exceeds 3 kg in weight. He spends a lot of time resting and loves being with his family and receiving cuddles and caresses, although he also enjoys his daily walk.



It is considered the smallest dog in the world. It measures between 15 and 20 cm and weighs between 2 and 3 kg. That is why it is perfect for small flats or apartments.


Yorkshire Terrier

One of the most popular breeds in the world. It weighs just over 3 kg and does not reach 20 cm in height, so it is ideal for small spaces.

There are other breeds of dogs that can adapt perfectly to small spaces: Pomeranian , French Bulldog, dachshund (or sausage dog), Miniature Pinscher, Pug... even a mongrel or crossbreed dog if it has the right size can be accommodated in an apartment or small flat.

If you want to know more about the ideal dogs for small spaces, go to the post “IDEAL DOGS FOR SMALL FLATS AND APARTMENTS

For families with children

There are some breeds of dog especially suitable for living with children, who love They love to play with them, they protect and care for them and they let themselves do a thousand and one “mischiefs” without a grimace of distaste.

Here are some of them:


Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever

Two excellent breeds to live with children. Despite their considerable size, they are very loving and peaceful.

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Border Collie

Intelligent, balanced and very faithful. They love to run as they have a lot of energy to expend. He is super familiar and protective of children and the house.



It is one of the best known breeds in the world, and also one of the oldest. He adores all the members of his human family, especially the children with whom he enjoys exploring and playing.



This dog is especially suitable for living with the family, as it is affectionate, obedient, faithful and balanced. It treats children excellently if they are socialized from puppy stage.

German Shepherd

Extraordinarily intelligent and loyal, they can be trained as assistance and guard dogs, and are extremely protective of their family and especially with children

Providing a home and giving an animal a second chance will be rewarded with your eternal gratitude, love and fidelity

Mongrel dogs: The experience of having a dog for a child will be doubly positive if their pet has also been rescued from a shelter or protector. Providing a home and giving an animal a second chance will be rewarded with your eternal gratitude, love and fidelity.

There are more ideal breeds to live with children: Poodle, Saint Bernard, Maltese Bichon, French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Pug...

Offer your children the opportunity to have a pet. It is a priceless life lesson.

If you want to know more about the ideal dogs for small spaces, go to the post “IDEAL DOGS FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

For older people

In Spain, more than 2,300,000 people over 65 years of age. There are many effects of loneliness for them: increased risk of depression, poor diet, cognitive impairment, worsening of cardiovascular and bone diseases...

For them, having a pet at home has multiple benefits: it combats loneliness and depression, keeps them active, promotes their self-esteem and exercises their memory.

Some of the most recommended dog breeds for older people are:


French Bulldog

This good-natured and affectionate small breed dog tends to be anxious about separation, so an older person who has time to dedicate to him is ideal for him. He is not a great walker as he tires easily, so the exercise demands on him are not very great. He is patient and calm and loves to be at home and pampered.



It is a real “toy” dog, measuring 20 to 30 cm and weighing no more than 3 kg, perfect for adapting to small flats. It is a very suitable animal for older people due to its cheerful and friendly character. It is always alert, which is great for people with hearing problems as it alerts them whenever there are strange noises in the house.


Bichon Maltese / Bichon Frisé

There are not many differences between them, since they come from the same breed. Both are small, affectionate and calm. It adapts perfectly to small spaces, spends a lot of time resting and loves being with its owner and receiving cuddles and caresses.



It is considered the smallest dog in the world. It measures between 15 and 20 cm and weighs between 2 and 3 kg. Being territorial, it barks at strange noises, which can be beneficial for older people who live alone.

Yorkshire Terrier

One of the most popular breeds in the world, fits perfectly into the denomination of lap dog. As it is small it does not require much activity, small and short walks may be enough for it, something that some older people who cannot walk for a long time are grateful for.

There are other very suitable breeds to live with older people. Among the small ones we find the Poodle, the Schnauzer or the Goldendoodle. But also large dogs such as the well-known Labrador or Golden Retriever, noble and friendly, or the Greyhound, silent, docile and calm.

A dog is for older people, especially if they live alone, a reason to go out, have a more active life and socialize But above all it is to have an unconditional life partner full of love with which loneliness or depression do not fit.

If you want to know more about the ideal dogs for senior owners, go to the post “DOGS IDEAL FOR OLDER PEOPLE


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