Often when parents consider adding a dog to their family, they wonder which breeds are best suited to join the household. Today our Concord vets share a few family-friendly dog breeds that you may want to consider.
Picking the Best Dog Breed for Your Family
When you're trying to decide on the right breed of dog for your family, it's important to look beyond the cuteness factor and consider more important factors such as the overall temperament of the breed 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.
To help get you off to a good start picking the best dog for family life, here are a few of our favorite breeds:
English BulldogEnglish bulldogs weigh in at about 50-55 lbs, and tend to be less energetic than many other dog breeds, making it suitable for apartments and smaller homes. These people-loving pups seek out social interactions with their family and are happy to just cuddle-up on the couch to watch a movie and relax. English bulldogs are a sweet, gentle and dependable breed that can make excellent family pets.
Cavalier King Charles SpanielAt 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 enjoy both cuddling and lots of fun play, making this sweet-natured pooch a great pet for kids of many ages and energy levels.
Boston TerrierWeighing in at about 25 pounds or less, these people-loving bundles of fun come with their own easy to care for "tuxedo" coats. 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 backyard with children. If you have high-energy kids, they will love spending time with an Irish Setter!
BeagleThe Beagle is one of the best medium-sized dogs for family life. This breed typically weighs in at between 18-30 lbs and adores 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, as they do not do well being alone.
PugYour family will love these adorable little characters! Pugs are pretty happy to just eat and sleep. If your children are small or quieter adventurers, they might appreciate a dog that will play with them indoors and 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 your local animal shelter. Mixed-breed dogs can make loving and loyal family dogs! These dogs can be as good with children as purebred dogs. Mixed-breed dogs also tend to be less susceptible to genetic diseases (especially breed-specific issues), and healthcare can ultimately be less expensive. If you are considering a mutt for your family, take the 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.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.