While every dog provides companionship, some breeds are more versatile than others and are brilliant for a variety of owners with diverse lifestyles.
“All-rounders are generally easy-going dogs that require an average amount of exercise, can be easier to train and are just as content on an active walk as they are resting on the sofa,” Bill Lambert Head of Health and Welfare at The Kennel Club tells Country Living. “They will happily live in the countryside or a city, as long as they have access to a garden and regular exercise.”
Despite being known as easy-going and adaptable, every dog’s behavior and attitude depends on its training, socialization and individual personality. Before rushing to adopt one, make sure you take into account whether you are able to give them the care they need.
Take a look at the best versatile dog breeds that are good choice for those looking for an all-rounder companion…
one. labrador retriever
“Regularly topping the table of the most popular dog breeds in the UK, Labradors certainly seem to be everyone’s best friend and for good reason,” Bill tells CL. “The breed is known for their kind, happy nature and positive energy. As a firm family favourite, Labradors are great with kids but are also just as suited to working as a guide dog or assistance dog.”
two. Cocker spaniel
Bill tells us that Cocker Spaniels, too, are great all-rounders. “Happy, gentle Cocker Spaniels known for their merry nature and ever-wagging tail are real all-rounders. Originally bred as a skilled working dog, they are also very popular family dogs. They love to exercise and explore new territories, but at the same time will shower their owners with gentle affection. They can be harder to train but will reward patient owners with devotion,” he says.
3. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
“Dandie Dinmont Terrier, originating from Scotland, are currently on the list of vulnerable native breeds. They are small but strong dogs that are independent and highly intelligent. They enjoy exercise as well as their alone time and make a great companion for anyone living in a city or the countryside, looking for an even-tempered four-legged companion.”
Four. lancashire heeler
Looking to adopt a gorgeous Lancashire Heeler? Bill explains: “Lancashire Heeler are small dogs with big personality that will enjoy most things their owners do. They are lively and intelligent and despite their small stature, make a great exercise companion. They are not high maintenance – their short, weather-resistant coat needs grooming once a week and they are happy living in a flat or a house provided there is access to small garden, in a city or the countryside.”
5. shetland sheepdog
“Easily recognized by their beautiful and rich coat, Shetland Sheepdogs are strong, active and intelligent sheep dogs originating from the Shetland Islands,” Bill explains.
“They are easy to train and love making their owners happy. Shetland Sheepdogs are active dogs that excel in many canine activities including agility and obedience but also can be a calm companion for less active owners, providing they are prepared to regularly groom that long rich coat.”
6. bearded collie
Last but not least, a Bearded Collie is also a wonderful all-rounder that is great for families.
“Shaggy-coated Bearded Collies are gentle and intelligent dogs,” adds Bill. “Despite their soft and cozy looks, they are alert and active and make a great hiking partner but at the same time make an excellent cuddling companion. Their coat requires daily maintenance and they need a large house with access to sizeable garden, but they will be equally happy in the city or countryside.”
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