It's clear in Montana we love dogs. We have dog parks all over, pet friendly rentals, and it has to be below freezing temperatures to not see someone walking their dog. It's a fact. We. Love. Dogs.

In fact we love our pups so much, adding one (or two) to the family typically doesn't come as a shocker to most of us.

Of course, there are a lot of responsibilities that come with being a dog owner. Finding a vet, "baby proofing" the house, and most importantly, picking a breed that will fit your family and your lifestyle. It's always sad to see dogs being rehomed due to, "too much energy", "not a good fit for our family", "got a new job and don't have time", etc.

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Picking out a pet for your family can be fun, but remember you are making a huge commitment. BestLife came out with a list that will hopefully help you decide what breed will be a perfect fit for your family.

Here is a list of the Top 5 Neediest Dog Breeds (based on insurance claims, breed predispositions and vet bills). 

#5 Dachshund (aka wiener dog)

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These little pups are just that. Little. They are happy and sweet, but don't let those little legs fool you. Dachshund's are quick, need lots of exercise, and are part of a "Napoleon complex" which means they are prone to Intervertebral Disc Disease. If not treated properly, it can cause severe and prolonged pain.

#4 Great Dane

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The Great Dane is a gentle giant. They need lots of room, lots of food, and will most likely want their own couch to stretch out on. They love to snuggle and make sure their dog mom or dad knows they are dedicated to pleasing them. Sadly, Great Danes don't have a super long life expectancy. They are prone to heart disease and different cancers.

#3 Labrador Retriever

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America's sweetheart, the dedicated Lab. It's obvious why the Labrador Retriever is one of America's Favorite dogs. They are constantly looking for something to chew, chase, and snuggle. As most Lab owners already know, they are known for having orthopedic issues, such as tearing their cruciate ligaments. The Vet bill could get pretty high from time to time.

#2 Chihuahua

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Big personality in a small body. A little bit of sassiness followed by a hint of stubbornness pretty much sums up the Chihuahua. Known for getting what they want by "barking their opinion", Chihuahua's also are the perfect little house protectors. Unfortunately they are also prone to eye diseases and potential heart problems.

#1 Neediest Dog (according to BestLife)

French Bulldog

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If you are looking for a high maintenance fur baby, then look no further. The French Bulldog will most likely get more pampering than you do yourself, but it is necessary. These flat faced cuties are prone to breathing problems and you will also most likely need special grooming products or food to keep their skin in good condition. Not only do you need to keep their skin in tip-top shape, the French Bulldog also is known to have neck problems, back problems, heart issues, heat stroke and knee issues.

All dogs need love and would be so happy to share your home with you. Just keep in mind, financial stability has to be considered when picking out your newest family member.

Who's a good dog?!? You are!

cc: BestLife

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