Posted May 18, 2023 in Pet Blog by Patti Croft
So, you’ve decided it’s time to add to your pack. You want a family dog but aren’t quite sure which one to get. A new pet can bring lots of excitement and enjoyment to your household. It can also bring undue stress if you don’t pick the one that’s right for your family’s lifestyle. Keep reading this guide to the top family-friendly dog breeds and how to get that perfect pup that’ll be a member of your family soon.
Do you want a highly trainable dog? Some dogs love to please their owners. It’s no wonder the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in America. The breed is patient, friendly, and highly trainable. This breed is very versatile and can-do activities ranging from hunting, dock diving, tracking, and obedience training. These are very active dogs, so if your family loves adventure, a lab would make a great new member of your pack.
If you’re more the type that loves to watch movies on the couch and would rather snuggle than go for a run, you want a dog with a calmer demeanor. A bulldog makes a great couch cuddler and won’t beg you to be exercised. Regular walks will be all it takes to keep this good dog happy. Don’t forget the movie treats, though.
One of the friendliest dogs you’ll find is a golden retriever. These dogs are also very active and will make great daily exercise partners. They’re also good with children and other dogs. These pups are up for anything, so get the harness and leash ready and be prepared for fun!
If you or your children have allergies, some dogs can aggravate them and make them worse. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog of your own, though. You’ll need a hypoallergenic pup that is great with your family. For this, you may look for a Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu. These dogs are small and can happily go anywhere with you. Regular grooming is required for these dogs, but every six weeks should suffice.
We know how sad it is to lose a beloved pet. If you’re looking for a dog with a long-life expectancy and graceful personality, collies are terrific pets for families. They only need occasional grooming and typically live 12-14 years. They are vocal dogs, so be ready to hear what’s on their minds!
When you get a dog, you’re getting a member of the family. This is a long commitment, so choosing the right pet for your family is crucial. Do some research and consider your lifestyle to know which dog is best for you. Many breeds make incredible family pets, but some are better suited for different situations than others. When you want to add a dog to your home, it’s a good idea to get everyone involved in the decision-making process. Remember to meet your dog in person before deciding, to see if everyone is on board with the new addition.