Dogs: rightfully known as man's best friend

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By E.J. Mundell, HealthDay Reporter

Summary: There are many kinds of pets available to households in the UK but dogs are constantly called man's best friend and with very good reason.

Dogs are often call man's best friend and with canines being linked to mankind for at least 17,000 years (with some claiming that the link goes back around 150,000 years) it's no wonder they're such good companions.

Originally domesticated from wolves, there are now hundreds of dogs available for the wannabe pet owner ranging from the short to the tall, the loud to the quiet and the colourful to the plain. Each breed has its own unique characterisations to suit any kind of owner - the greyhound's speed is often used for racing, the bloodhound's great sense of smell has seen it traditionally used by the police and the ferocity of the Rottweiler has seen it become a great guard dog. One thing that nearly all dogs have in common is that they make great companions and this often leads to them being seen as the perfect pet.

Bring highly sociable helps in this aspect and their willingness to play makes them a great hit with kids and the big, fluffy dogs - like the New Foundland - make great snuggle partners in the cold months of winter.

Dogs are one of the few animals that are willing to be trained and this can have many advantages - whether you want them to be more housetrained, you want to teach them to play fetch or you need them to train as a guide dog - their versatility and ability to learn is unrivalled by other common pets.

It's because of their dependency, flexibility and most of all their loyalty that sees them become such great companions and living well into the teenage years as they often do, dogs can often form reciprocal bonds with their owners. So much so, in fact, that many owners feel that their dog is part of the family. It's always sad for owners to see a dog's descent into old age - a much more emotional affair than flushing a three-day-old goldfish down the toilet - but with a canine's ailing health can also come problems for the owner.

Not only will they notice the mood of their beloved pet droop, but constant trips to the vet will hit the heart as hard as it hits the wallet and while there are many pet insurance policies available to help lighten the financial burden, there is no shortcut available for getting over the feelings of a lost pet.

Oliver Gaywood is a dedicated dog lover and writes for a digital marketing agency. This article is not intended as either advice or as a promotion but should be considered professional content.

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