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Although it's fine to ask the opinion of family and friends to point you in the right direction when selecting a breed, always do your own research as well. Remember that the well-meaning people you know have a different set of criteria when imparting their judgment of the best breeds. And their opinions may not necessarily be best for you. Additionally, it's always best to speak to a breeder who can give you educated information about a particular breed's temperament, health issues, and daily care.