Walkies - Michael Graham's guide to your perfect country dog
Whether you already live in the countryside, or are planning to escape to the country, the question of whether to have a dog has probably crossed your mind more than once. At Michael Graham we have a soft spot for our four-legged friends, but how do you choose which breed is the right one for you? Here’s our pick of the top dogs for country life.
- Border collie – Like all dogs they need plenty of exercise, but Border collies are as at home on the sofa as they are in the field herding sheep. Sweet natured and loyal, they’re a perfect family dog.
- Whippet – Sensitive and elegant, whippets are the most popular of the Kennel Club’s hound group. But do bear in mind the instinct to chase is greater than to obey. When they see something in the distance, pray it’s a rabbit and not a Yorkshire terrier.
- Dalmatian – Perfectly suited to a rural lifestyle and with looks that are pure Disney (puppies are born with plain white coats), these distinguished dogs used to run alongside carriages, protecting their masters and the horses. Intelligent and responsive, don’t underestimate the amount of vigorous exercise and mental stimulation they need.
- Labrador retriever - Top dog in the UK rankings for the past 27 years, Labradors were originally bred to assist anglers in the cold waters of Labrador, Canada. Popular as gundogs for flushing and retrieving game, with their laid-back temperament they’re a great family and countryside choice.
- Border terrier – a popular choice if you’re looking for a smaller dog, the Border terrier is a Michael Graham front runner. Affectionate and playful, they make great family pets, provided you keep them away from any small family pets which they’re liable to view as a snack.
- Golden retriever – Friendly and fluffy, the golden retriever is very biddable and easy to train. Fantastic with children, Blue Peter was never the same without one.
- Spaniels - Both English cocker and English springer spaniels are whirling dervishes of energy and personality. They need vast amounts of exercise and are ideal for boisterous families with energetic children.
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