How to choose the right dog for your family.
Bringing a dog into the family is an exciting and challenging decision. However, it’s a decision that will bring joy, bonding, and many new stories.
Having a clear picture of how a new dog will fit into your family will help your search. Different breeds are a better fit based on your childcare responsibilities, schedule predictability, and travel frequency. Speak with breeders, trainers or shelters to find the right fit for your family.
Questions you should ask:
- Who will be the caretaker? – Don’t expect children or teens to take proper responsibility. It’s far too much for young children to handle and teens will be distracted by other priorities.
- A puppy or adult dog? – Raising young kids and a puppy at the same time is hard! A family looking for a new dog for their home should consider adolescent or adult dogs. They typically require less time and attention after they’ve adjusted to your family.
- Large or small? – Small breeds have benefits for busy families. They require less food, space, and exercise, are easier to transport, and usually shed less. On the other hand, medium to large breeds can be better equipped to tolerate busy activity, noise, rough play, and the commotion from living with children.
New pet parent, new responsibilities.
Be prepared for:
- House or crate training.
- Playtime and keeping your pet engaged.
- Obedience training.
- Taking care of their diet, exercise, and wellness.
- Yearly, or surprise, vet visits.
- A new family member who wants your attention.
Popular breeds for families.
- Beagles top the list for small dogs who get along with kids because they’re sturdy and kind companions. However, they have a loud howl, which can be a nuisance without proper training. They’re also prone to back and hip issues.
- Boxers are loyal and reliable. They are a playful yet affectionate mix, making them a great friend for kids. A precaution is they can be overwhelming when played with and may require training to keep them from “boxing” with their front paws.
- French Bulldogs are small yet tough and have been bred for their loyalty and fondness to people, especially children. They don’t need a lot of exercise or a big yard and have minimal grooming needs. However, they have stubborn personalities, snore loudly, and are gassy.
- German Shepherds show devotion to their owners and excel at almost anything they’re trained to do. Faithfulness and companionship are both traits you’ll find in this breed. Keep in mind they require lots of engagement, shed, and often have health issues.
- Golden Retrievers are perfect for families because of their confidence and loyalty. They don’t generally show aggression and are extremely patient. However, they like to chew things and can be high-maintenance as puppies.
- Labrador Retrievers are high-spirited dogs who make ideal companions. They love to show affection and are great for families who are seeking a medium or large dog. They shed less than goldens but are also known for chewing.
- Newfoundlands have the nickname “Nature’s Babysitter.” They’re highly intelligent breeds and love children. Know that they are best for families who have large open spaces and their size can cause them to suffer joint and structural problems.
- Yorkshire Terriers are another great small-breed option. When properly trained, they are great around kids and easy to travel with. Though small, they are high maintenance and require lots of playtime to burn off energy, and a fair amount of grooming.
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