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10 Awesome Dog Breeds for Your Family

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10 Awesome Dog Breeds for Your Family

March, 31  2022

Making a list of top family-friendly dog breeds is a pretty impossible task because there are countless variables that need to be considered. Do you have other pets? Do you live in a suburban neighborhood or a big city or a ranch? Do you have a backyard and/or access to parks? Do you have time and energy required for a puppy? Do you have allergies?


The list of questions is endless. A dog’s a dog’s a dog, right? But veterinarians and breeding experts have identified and ranked dog breeds that are better suited for family life. Of course, personal preference is the most important criteria. So, if you’re favorite breed is not on the list, it’s not a big deal . . . and we apologize for the omission. 😊


All breeds have the potential to be The Perfect Dog for you and your family. But no matter the breed you decide to take home, check out these 12 tips to help make the transition.


Before we start the list of breeds, we want to encourage you to consider a rescue dog. Mixed breeds provide the traits of two (or more!) great breeds in one dog. As PetMD.com reminds us, “when you adopt a mixed breed dog, you are saving the lives of two dogs—the dog you adopt, and the dog you’ve now made space for at the rescue.”


With the help of the American Kennel Club, here are the top 10 breeds for families:


Labrador Retriever



Not only are labs one of the most popular breeds, but they are also perfect for family life. Labs are patient, reliable, loyal and playful. They have a high “dog IQ” and are relatively easy to train. Labs get along well with other animals and most humans. This breed is full of energy and requires daily exercise. So, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle and don’t like being outdoors, don’t get a lab. Biggest negative: Whether your lab’s coat is yellow, black or brown, be prepared for shedding. Invest in a quality doggie brush . . . and a vacuum with lots of suction!


Bulldog 


Looking for a breed that just loves to hang around with children? A bulldog might be the perfect pooch for your family. Bulldogs are not known for being ultra-energetic, so if you in a home without a lot of room this may be a good fit. Bulldogs are considered loyal, docile and extremely friendly. Biggest negatives: Bulldogs are known to drool. And have you ever heard a bulldog snore? They pass some serious gas. They can face a lot of health issues, ranging from breathing to skin to arthritis, so get that insurance. And the little hairs stick to your car’s interior like Velcro. But there’s a reason bullies are all over TV ads.


Golden Retriever 



This breed has many similarities to labs in that they are energetic and need daily exercise. Retrievers are popular because they are obedient, easy to train and easy to please. They are super affectionate and just love being pampered. They are gentle with young children and love to play with humans and other dogs. Biggest negative: Their coats are gloriously thick so you will need a good brushing at least two to three times a week.


Beagle



Hello, Snoopy! This breed is known to be energetic and carefree, making it a perfect playmate for younger children. Talk about personality plus! It’s hard not to be around a beagle without smiling. Beagles don’t need a lot of space and enjoy being in the company of their human housemates. Biggest negatives: Beagles tend to roam if not properly supervised or left alone. And they can be a little “talkative” – their bark can be loud and insistent.


Pug



Have you ever heard the expression “a big dog personality in a small dog body?” Or in Latin, “multum in parvo” (a lot in a little)? That’s a pug. This breed is excellent for a family with active children. Pugs are sturdy, playful and loveable. For whatever reason, pugs love children and visa versa. Pugs have a mischievous streak in them but are usually even-tempered and adaptable to most living conditions. Biggest negative: Like most flat-faced breeds, pugs may develop breathing issues as they age.


Irish Setter 



Famous for its elegant, luxurious red coat, this breed is playful, energetic, and loves hanging out with people – especially children. Irish Setters are active and energetic, so they pair well with children who love to be outside and play. If you don’t have a yard for the dog to play in, you will need to make to go to the neighborhood doggie park or local trail for proper exercise. This breed is highly intelligent and trainable. Biggest negative: Irish Setters don’t like being left alone and are prone to experiencing separation anxiety.


Brussels Griffon 



This small breed (typically about 12 pounds) is extremely intelligent and needs plenty of mental stimulation. Since they are smaller, they are ideal for apartment living or the big city (as long as they get a good daily walk to work off some energy). They have big black eyes and tiny beards which is why some think they look like mini humans. Brussels Griffons are sociable and trainable. Biggest negative: Because of their small size, they are not designed for roughhousing or aggressive play.


Newfoundland



This breed is so good with children that it has acquired the nickname “Nature’s Babysitter.” Newfies are one of the smartest breeds in the dog world and simply love kids. We had a Newfoundland as a neighbor whose name Mother Theresa because of its patience, kindness and sweetness. Newfies need a large space to play and love to be in the water. Biggest negatives: They tend to drool and their coat needs regular grooming. Yes, they shed!


French Bulldog



Looking for a breed that is affectionate, playful and full of charm? Consider the French Bulldog. They are patient with children and are always eager to play. They are just as happy hanging around, sitting on your lap and snuggling. Biggest negative: Stubbornness. French Bulldogs have a mind of their own and don’t mind letting you know about it. (But that’s why we love them, right?)


Collie



Collies were bred to herd. They are one of best dogs for families with active children. They are loyal, protective and deceptively fast. Collies are energetic and need daily exercise. They have a lot of stamina – perfect for running around a yard or doggie park. Collies are “people dogs” and tend to get bored if they don’t get enough play time. Biggest negatives: If not trained properly, Collies can become hyperactive andanxious, which can lead to destructive behavior (digging, chewing. They are intelligent but can be difficult to train.


While the AKC doesn’t recognize doodles as purebreds, we can’t overlook the fact that golden doodles, bernedoodles, labradoodles and the whole crew are just amazing family pets. No shedding, thanks to the poodle side. Smart, thanks to the poodle side.


Remember, bringing a furry friend into your home is not just a privilege, it is a responsibility. Your dog relies on you for exercise, grooming, nutrition, training and so much more. But as we all know, the benefits sharing your home with a dog far outweighs the obligations. And if you are so inclined, please consider helping dogs living in a shelter or rescue home by donating to theAmerican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For over 150 years, the ASPCA has worked tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.



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