When parents consider adding a dog to their family, the trusted golden retriever may often be the first breed that springs to their mind. However, there are a number of other breeds that make excellent family pets too. Here, our Perry vets share a few family-friendly dog breeds that you may want to consider.
Picking the Best Dog Breed for Your Family
When trying to decide on the right breed of dog for your family, it's critical that you look beyond the cuteness factor and think about some of the more important factors such as the breed's temperament and how much space and exercise the breed requires to be content.
Take your time to find a dog that suits the space you live in, as well as the energy level of your family, and how much time each family member is willing to commit to training your new canine companion.
In order to help you to get off to a good start when picking the best dog for your family life, here are a few of our favorite breeds.
English bulldogs generally weigh around 50-55 lbs and are usually less energetic than other dog breeds, making them solid choices for apartments and smaller homes. These pups love people and seek out social interaction with your family. They are often just happy to cuddle up on the couch with you and relax.
English bulldogs are a sweet, gentle and dependable breed that can make excellent family pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
At about 10-18 lbs, the compact size of this lively but gentle breed makes it the dog for smaller homes or apartments. Cavaliers tend to get along well with kids and other dogs. They can be both playful and cuddly making this sweet natured pooch and a great pet for kids of many ages and energy levels.
These people-loving bundles of fun weigh in at under 25 lbs and come with their own easy to care for 'tuxedo" coats. They are happy to play with the kids and go for short walks.
This charming dog breed adapts well to apartment living and makes a great companion for children of all ages.
A slightly larger breed to consider is the strikingly beautiful Irish setter. This breed typically weighs in at around 65 lbs and can make a great family pet. These dogs are lively, intelligent and have a great sense of mischief. Irish Setters love to chase balls, go for long runs, but also enjoy playing in the back yard with children. If you have high-energy kids, they will love spending time with an Irish Setter!
Beagles are one of the best options for medium-sized dogs for family life. This dog often weighs between 18 and 30 lbs and loves spending time with their family, playing games and going for walks.
Beagles are smart and loving dogs that can make terrific family pets provided that they get plenty of family interaction and exercise. Beagles are not appropriate for families who are out of the house a lot.
Your family will love these adorable little characters! Pugs are pretty happy to just eat and sleep. If your children are small, or lower energy and would appreciate a dog that will play with them indoors then curl up beside them to watch tv, a pug may be just the right breed for your family. Weighing around 15 lbs, this is a breed that doesn't need much space, and only requires a couple of short walks each day to be content.
The ideal dog for your family may be patiently waiting for you at the local animal shelter. Mixed-breed Mutts can make loving and loyal family dogs!
These dogs can be as good with children as purebred dogs. Mutts also tend to be less susceptible to genetic diseases, and less expensive. If you are considering a mutt for your family be sure to take your time to visit local animal shelters and be patient in your search for the right dog to fit in with your family life. Often shelter workers can provide you with a doggie report card that lays out all of the known personality quirks of the pooch you're interested in.