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Did you know every dog has a distinct personality based on its breed? And with 175 different breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, that's a whole lot of dogs to choose from! So what breed of pooch might appeal to your family?

A golden retriever is a great dog for any size family. They're one of the easiest breeds to train and their trusting nature makes them willing to be anyone's best friend, which may not be so great if you need a guard dog, but is perfect if you've got kids in the house.

A lot of people like big dogs and they don't come much bigger than the Great Dane.

These gentle giants are good with young children, as long as they grow up together. Bringing a grown Great Dane home could cause a lot of accidental knock-downs to a small child that the dog isn't used to. Also keep in mind that Great Danes are often referred to as the 'heartbreak breed' because of their shorter life span. 

Despite their smaller size and fancy look, the cocker spaniel is actually very athletic. The cocker was originally bred in England for hunting and, as such, is a dog that requires plenty of daily exercise. And to keep that distinguished coat looking good, you'll need to devote some time for regular grooming sessions. 

Owning a dog can be a rewarding experience. But remember, every breed is different, so you want to make sure to do your research before you bring a dog home. And don't forget, there are all kinds of lovable mixed-breeds that are always looking for a good, loving home, too!

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