10 REASONS WHY A DOG WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE (and make you healthier!)

It's the age-old battle; one of you wants a dog and the other does not.  Most of us love dogs due to their loyal natures and kind temperaments, but here are another TEN reasons why owning a dog will help you to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle. All photos are from Dogs of Sydney.

Beloved in England, Corgis have been part of the British Royal Family for over 70 years. Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Corgis since she was a young child, making the breed synonymous with the Royal Family.

 1. If you’ve ever had a heart attack, studies show that patients who owned dogs lived a longer life than those who didn’t. (Source)

Royal Family. Who couldn't love this face? Dachshunds are extremely affectionate to their owners, and make the perfect watchdogs.

2. Dogs can help those who suffer from mild-moderate depression. They provide uncomplicated love, responsibility, activity, routine, companionship, social interaction and better health for their owners. (Source)

The Bernese Mountain Dog is extremely friendly and loves nothing more than playing with other dogs. Known for their fondness of children, this big & beautiful breed makes for the ideal family pet.

3.   Your dog likes people better than you do. Dogs are one of the only species that don’t exhibit xenophobia, meaning fear of strangers. Your dog will help you to make friends – especially whilst out for a run or at the dog park! (Source)

Looking for an indoor lap dog? The humble Chihuahua will patiently cuddle into your lap all day, helping you to focus, relax and release your inner creativity.

4.   Lacking focus in your life? Your furry friend has proven to help you be more calm, mindful and present in your life. (Source)

The Australian Kelpie was originally bred as a working farm dog, and now graces thousands of households around the country. This is one dog that will never let you forget to exercise - the ideal personal trainer.

     5.They encourage you to exercise. On those days you’re feeling lazy, all you need to do is look at the window and see that smiling face, tail wagging and tongue out! Dogs are great personal trainers and won’t want to miss a session in rain, hail or shine.

 Many Beagles are used as therapy dogs due to their kind nature and patience when being handled. They are known as happy-go-lucky dogs, are who willing to put up with a lot!

    6. Stroking and petting a dog has proven to help reduce blood pressure. Simply spend ten minutes a day giving your pooch a cuddle and both of you will feel better. (Source)

 The humble Cocker Spaniel is a great family dog, particularly for those with school-aged children. Doe-eyed and affectionate in nature, the Cocker Spaniel requires more training than other breeds due to it's curious nature.

7. If your children grow up with a dog, they are less likely to have allergies than those who grow up pet-less. (Source)

 The Greyhound is normally associated with racing and being a hyper-active dog, which is a public misconception. Whilst many dogs are forced into racing, pet Greyhounds are lazy, often referred to as couch potatoes by their owners!

8. On those lonely sick days from work, your faithful friend won’t leave your side. They are natural caregivers, ready to give you a cuddle or lick away your tears any day of the year.

Having a Border Collie myself, I may be biased here - but they are the BEST breed of dog. Extremely intelligent, faithful and fun, the Border Collie makes a great family pet.

9. Do you have a child? A recent study has shown babies that are around dogs are actually healthier than those who aren’t. The study showed fewer coughs, runny noses and ear infections. (Source)

The Shih Tzu x Maltese has proven to be one of the most popular crossbreeds, with a coat that many people with allergies can handle. Plus, look at that face - who could resist?

10. They’re super, duper cute. Each and every breed of dog has a different personality, and as a dog owner you will be able to watch your dog develop it’s own unique habits and more importantly, form a friendship that will last a lifetime.

    By Ellie Parker