While every dog offers companionship, some breeds are more versatile than others and are great for a variety of owners with different lifestyles.
“All-rounders are generally easy-going dogs that require an average amount of exercise, are easier to train, and are just as happy on an active walk as they are on the sofa,” said Bill Lambert, director of health and social at The Kennel Club, told Country Living. “They will live happily in the country or in a town as long as they have access to a garden and exercise regularly.”
Although every dog is known to be easy-going and adaptable, its behavior and attitude depend on its training, socialization, and individual personality. Before you rush to adopt one, make sure you consider whether you can give them the care they need.
Check out the best versatile dog breeds that are great choices for anyone looking for an all-rounder companion …
1. Labrador Retriever
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“Labradors are consistently at the forefront of the most popular dog breeds in the UK and they seem to be everyone’s best friend for good reason,” Bill told CL. “The breed is known for its kind, cheerful demeanor and positive energy. As a firm family favorite, Labradors are ideal for children, but are also just as suitable as guide dogs or assistance dogs.”
2. Cocker spaniel
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Bill tells us that Cocker Spaniels are great all-rounders too. “Cheerful, gentle Cocker Spaniels, known for their cheerful nature and always wagging tails, are real all-rounders. Originally bred as experienced working dogs, they are also very popular family dogs. They love to play sports and explore new areas, but at the same time, their owners will be showered with gentle affection. They may be more difficult to train, but they will reward patient owners with devotion, “he says.
3. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
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“Hailing from Scotland, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is currently on the Endangered Native Breed List. They are small but strong dogs that are independent and highly intelligent. They enjoy both exercise and alone time and are great companions for anyone who lives in Scotland a city or country looking for a balanced four-legged companion. ”
4th Lancashire Heeler
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Do you want to adopt a beautiful Lancashire Heeler? Bill explains, “Lancashire Heelers are small dogs with big personalities who enjoy most of the things their owners do. They are lively and intelligent and, despite their small stature, make great exercise companions. They’re not high-maintenance – they’re short, weather-resistant in the coat needs maintenance once a week and they like to live in an apartment or house, provided they have access to a small garden, in a town or in the country. “
5. Shetland sheepdog
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“Shetland Sheepdogs are strong, active, and intelligent sheepdogs native to the Shetland Islands,” explains Bill.
“They are easy to train and love to keep their owners happy. Shetland Sheepdogs are active dogs who excel at many canine activities, such as agility and obedience, but can also be quiet companions for less active owners, provided they’re ready to regularly maintain this long rich coat. “
6. Bearded collie
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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 appearance, they are alert and active and make great hiking partners, but at the same time make excellent snuggly companions. Their coat needs daily grooming and they need a large house with access to a large garden, but they will . ” be equally happy in the city or in the country. “
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