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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 think it is a wise decision that will bring joy, activity, intense social life and even better health prospects to your life.

Having a dog has many benefits, but also disadvantages.

There are many benefits of living with a dog, although we assume that you have considered the cons: you will have to spend time and care for them, you will have to clean the house more often and you will find hair everywhere, if you have to leave home you will have to find someone to take care of them, you will have to spend money on food, vet, vaccinations...

Even so you have it clear. For you (and if you have already had a dog, all the more reason) the advantages of having a canine companion far outweigh the disadvantages.

Of course, you will have to evaluate which dog will best suit you depending on your lifestyle, home or age.

If you are sporty and love nature

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

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

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Labrador Retriever

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

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Golden Retriever

Of 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 caretaker of a herd, or failing that, 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 they 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. It is one of the most popular dogs and very appreciated for its friendly character with children and its ease to be trained. It will undoubtedly keep up with the most sporty dogs.

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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 lots of exercise, so he will be happy to go out with you several times a day. Don't forget that in Spain he needs a license, liability insurance and must wear a leash and muzzle to go out in the street.

Despite all this, any dog of any breed can be the best companion for exercise and physical activity if you respect its individual characteristics, adapt to its size and age and take care of its health and safety.

If you want to know more about the ideal dogs for sportsmen, enter the post "IDEAL DOGS FOR SPORTSMEN AND NATURE LOVERS."

If you live in a small space

You may have been told many times that in a small apartment 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 don't have to have any problems.

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


Miniature Schnauzer

Cheerful, intelligent, affectionate, and extremely energetic and playful. In a small apartment 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 reach 5 kg in weight) or the Medium Poodle (which weighs around 13 kg) will adapt better to a small space.

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Maltese Bichon

Small, affectionate and calm. It adapts perfectly to small spaces as it barely exceeds 3 kg in weight. He spends a lot of time resting and loves to be with his family and receive 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 apartments 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 dog breeds that can adapt perfectly to small spaces: Pomeranian, French Bulldog, Dachshund, Miniature Pinscher, Pug... even a mongrel or crossbreed dog if it has the right size can fit in a small apartment or apartment.

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

For families with children

There are some dog breeds especially suitable for living with children, who love to play with them, protect and care for them and let themselves do the thousand and one "bitching" without a grimace of displeasure.

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 loyal. They love to run as they have a lot of energy to expend. It 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 loves all members of his human family, and especially children with whom he enjoys exploring and playing.



This dog is especially suitable for family life, as it is affectionate, obedient, faithful and well-balanced. It treats children excellently if they are socialized from puppyhood.

German Shepherd

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

Providing a home and giving a second chance to an animal will be rewarded with their eternal gratitude, love and loyalty.

Mixed-breed dogs: The experience of owning a dog for a child will be doubly positive if the pet has been rescued from a shelter. Providing a home and giving a second chance to an animal will be rewarded with their eternal gratitude, love and loyalty.

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

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

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

For senior citizens

In Spain live alone more than 2,300,000 people over 65 years old. Many are the effects of loneliness on 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, boosts their self-esteem and exercises their memory.

Some of the most recommended dog breeds for the elderly are:


French Bulldog

This small breed dog, good-natured and affectionate, tends to feel separation anxiety, so an elderly person who has time to devote to him is ideal for him. He is not a great walker as he tires easily, so his exercise requirements are not great. He is patient and calm and loves to be at home and receive cuddles.



It is a real "toy" dog, which measures 20 to 30 cm and does not exceed 3 kg, perfect to adapt to small apartments. It is a very suitable animal for older people because of its cheerful and friendly character. It is always alert, so it is great for people with hearing problems because it always warns them that there are strange noises at home.


Maltese / Bichon Friesian

There are not many differences between them, as they come from the same breed. Both are small, affectionate and calm. They adapt perfectly to small spaces, spend a lot of time resting and love to be with their owner and receive 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 elderly people living alone.

Yorkshire Terrier

One of the most popular breeds in the world, it fits perfectly in the denomination of lap dog. Being small, it does not require much activity, small and short walks can be enough for him, which is appreciated by some seniors who cannot walk for a long time.

There are other breeds that are very suitable for living with the elderly. Among the small ones we find the Poodle, the Schnauzer or the Goldendoodle. But also big dogs like 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 companion full of love with whom there is no room for loneliness or depression.

If you want to know more about the ideal dogs for senior owners go to the post "IDEAL DOGS FOR SENIOR O"