Cavalier King Charles spaniel
If there’s one thing your family will agree on, it’s the irresistibly cute face and sweet demeanour of the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Just one look into those big dreamy eyes, and you’re cooked. “Most dogs of this breed are quiet, gentle, love people, and get along with other dogs,” says Dr Greer. They fit right in with active families or homebodies. If they had a doggy profile, it would read, “I’m happy when you’re happy and content with whatever the family wants to do. We can curl up and watch TV, or I’ll be your silent co-worker while you’re on Zoom. Or if you prefer, I’m ready to rock and roll with the best of them and chase some balls in the yard.”
Both the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi are two calm dog breeds that share similar characteristics. The two most important – they love people and happiest when spending time with their people. And you won’t find another dog with a unique physique like the Corgi. “Some people have described the Corgi as a dog who looks like they were put together by a committee in the dark – that is, their parts and pieces just don’t quite match,” says Dr Greer. While it’s true they do have short legs, what they do match is a family who is searching for a friendly homebody who likes to chill and play inside the house. They’ll play hide and seek with the kids, but don’t be surprised if the Corgi sneaks up on the seeker first. “As a corgi breeder for 30 plus years, we have enjoyed their quiet nature and keen sense of humour,” says Dr Greer. The Pembroke and Cardigan look very similar, but the Cardigan has a low-set bushy tail while the Pembroke has a docked tail.
“The Great Pyrenees is indeed great. They are a massive but gentle dog,” says Dr Greer. Its zen-like manner and lush coat are better than any teddy bear, so don’t be surprised if the kids fight over whose room it sleeps in. Dr Greer says they can be a bit stubborn at times, but we’ll give them a pass on that. After all, they are a devoted guardian of the family. “They tend to be a laid-back dog that is quiet and not very active when in the home. They are great with kids but due to their size, need to be closely supervised to prevent their sheer mass from overwhelming children,” says Dr Greer.