Looking to bring a furry friend into your family’s life? Here are seven dog breeds that are perfect for families
By Guest Blogger, Christine Rudolph
Dogs have a way of bringing endless joyfulness into every day and are also a great way to get your family active and moving. Adopting a dog from a reputable organization is a great way to save the life of a dog that’s looking for a new home and can also save you some serious money when it comes to the cost of your new pooch.
No matter what your family’s lifestyle is or the kind of characteristics you’re looking for in a dog, there’s the perfect family dog that’s waiting out there for you to adopt and bring home. Let’s take a look at 7 of the best dog breeds for families.
1. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers have been a favorite amongst families for decades due to their key attributes of friendliness, receptiveness, playfulness, sociability, and their eagerness to please. They’re well-loved worldwide as an excellent family pet and are also respected due to their ability to assist the disabled. As will Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers are suited to loving, energetic families that can spend lots of time with them, love long walks, and provide lots of training, mental stimulation, and activity. Both breeds can experience anxiety if not given mental and physical stimulation and attention.
2. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Although they’ve gotten themselves quite a bad rap over the last few decades due to being the dog of choice for irresponsible dog owners (who may even have purposely trained them to be aggressive), Staffies are actually class clowns are friendly, loyal, and devoted to their families. A common find in animal shelters like the RSPCA, Staffies are sweet-natured and love to spend time with people, making them the perfect choice for a family dog.
Known for their royal origins, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are adorable and lively companions that come in a convenient miniature size, making them perfect for families living in smaller houses or seniors with a less active lifestyle. Cavaliers are usually friendly and welcoming towards kids and dogs, and their silky-soft fur makes them a favorite for family cuddles on the couch!
Beagles are well-known for the detective skills serving as Sherlock Holmes’ right-hand hound. However, when they’re not on the job, they also make great family pets. Best suited to families that can provide their intelligent personalities with LOTS of training and mental stimulation, Beagles thrive on companionship, so will need a family where someone is home more of the time. The reward; endless love!
Collies are one of the smartest dog breeds in existence, with unparalleled loyalty that makes them great companions for families with kids. They’re good-natured and simply beautiful to look at; however, they will not have a family that can be dedicated to their grooming. All that gorgeous fur comes with a price! However, they do come in both ‘rough’ and ‘smooth’ varieties if the grooming is a dealbreaker for your family.
6. Siberian Husky
Although better suited to colder climates, Siberian Huskies make a fantastic addition to families that want a clever, happy, and active dog. Huskies are very high-energy (thanks to their sled-pulling origins) and will need to be adopted by families that spend a lot of time outdoors. These dogs are extremely friendly by nature but can be quite stubborn, so any family bringing a husky into their home will need to be committed to proper training and socialization.
Kelpies are the quintessential Australian pooch and make great additions to active families. They are loving, affectionate, usually totally ball-obsessed, and well-suited to children (if they’re properly trained and socialized). Kelpies have a history of loving cats, so although every situation is different, they may be a good fit if you already have a feline friend at home.
Bringing a new dog into your family is such an exciting time; however, it’s a decision that will forever change your life. It pays to do proper research into the best type of dog breed that will suit your family’s personality, activity levels, and the free time you’ll be able to dedicate to training and socializing. Choose wisely, and you’ll have a wonderful friend for life!