A parent's first concern is the welfare of their children. Finding the right companion for your child will depend on your family's lifestyle and personalities. Consider what temperament would suit your home. Do your kids love to explore, play in the mud, climb trees and have a hard time keeping still; or are they introverted and creative types who prefer indoor recreation, light playing, and balanced time in the backyard? Families looking for a reliable and protective indoor/outdoor active dog might find a Labrador, Australian Shepherd or Mutt the perfect fit. Parents that want a mainly indoor pet with an easy going personality who prefers to be inside but likes to play might choose a Bull Dog, a Beagle, an intelligent Mini Schnauzer or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. An important question to consider is how easily trainable is the breed? Will they easily respond to commands, or become agitated or threatened by small children? Will the dog become territorial and try to exert authority over your children, or is this breed prone to nipping or lashing out aggressively? Will he need constant brushing, grooming, or heavy exercise? In order to understand which dog will best suit your family, it is most important to know what kind of attention you are willing to devote to your canine, and what kind of companion your children need.