Choosing The Best Breed of Dog for Your Family

Best Dog Breed For You


Thinking of getting a new dog? Have you considered what are the best dog breeds suited to your home and family?

When it coming to choosing your new dog breed it’s a personal choice however certain breeds of dog lend themselves to certain family situations than others.

An active family will prefer and active dog that can participate in all the family fun. There’s no point in getting an active dog breed if you are a couch potato, he will simply get bored and possibly destructive if he cannot expend his pent up energy.

By the same token if you get a laid back dog that just wants to be a lap dog all day then that may not suit your circumstances…

When you choose your new puppy there’s no telling what kind of dog you will end up with. Choosing a purebred dog will give you an idea of his general characteristics and temperament.

If we look at the American kennel club, you will see the top 10 most popular dog breeds for 2014 are:

  1. Labrador Retrievergerman shepherd
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Poodle
  8. Boxer
  9. French Bulldog
  10. Rottweiler

Not much has changed since then…Boxers dropped and French bulldogs came into the top ten.

AKC Top 10 Dog Breeds


What is the Best Dog breed for Apartment or Small Home Living?

There are many dogs that are quite happy to live in small apartments or homes. However, when considering a dog for your apartment please also think about whether or not they are “barkers” as dogs that incessantly bark can quickly become a nuisance for your neighbors.

You also need a dog that is quite happy to use elevators or stairs, and is happy to meet and greet other people without getting aggressive.

Some larger dogs will also happily live in an apartment as long as they get regular outdoor time. All dogs need exercise and outdoor socializing time. You have to be prepared to take your dog out there to four times a day even if they have an “indoor” toilet.

Dogs also thrive on company so be sure you have the time to give your dog the care and attention he deserves.

Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

  • Bichon Frise
  • BulldogBichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • French Bulldog
  • Greyhound
  • Havanese
  • King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Poos – A lot of the “poo” mix of dogs are also a great choice for apartment living
  • Mutts – Don’t forget to check out your local animal shelter for a wide variety of dogs that desperately need new homes.

What are the Best Family Dogs?

When it comes to choosing the best breed for families you need to take into consideration a few things first. How old are your children? Some dogs are best suited for older kids, as they can get very boisterous. Some breeds such as the Labrador retriever are excellent with kids of all ages. What activities would you expect the dog to participate in? If you are into long distance running or walking you need a dog that has the will to go with you and the stamina.

Overall the qualities you need for a good family dog are gentleness with children, patience, and one that will love the whole family, not just a one man dog so to speak.

Best Family Dog Breeds

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • BulldogGolden Retriever
  • Bullterrier
  • Dachsund
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • Newfoundland
  • French Bulldog
  • Collie
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Irish Setter
  • Pug
  • Beagle
  • Papillon
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • St Bernard
  • Border Collie
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Border Terrier
  • Basset Hound
  • English Setter

What is the Best Dog For Young Children?

Parents of young children should always take great care in choosing the perfect dog for your kids. Not all dogs will tolerate being jumped on or their tails pulled etc. It is a good idea to train your children to respect and learn to care for the new dog as part of their family. A dog is not a plaything for kids. However, a dog is quite happy to play along with the children such as a game of ball.

Raising children with dogs is the best thing anyone can do. A dog offers companionship and even protection, some dogs can become over-protective of children too.

Best Kid Friendly Dog Breeds

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Bearded CollieLabrador Retriever
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Weimaraner
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Newfoundland

What are the Best Breeds for Guard Dogs?

Family dogs will often bark when someone comes to the door and offer a good sense of security. However these dogs are not real guard dogs. Guard dogs are bred for their bravery and loyalty as well as their sheer strength and intelligence along with their ability to be extremely protective of their territory.

Guard dogs have many uses so it’s important to choose one that suits the job you need from him. Whether it is protecting a warehouse full of goods, construction site or any other guarding position.

The Best Dog Breed for Guarding

  • RottweilerGerman Shepherd
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Puli
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Akita

When you take your time and consider everything we mentioned in this article I am sure you will get the best breed of dog for your family to enjoy for years to come.

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