Every child dreams of having a dog to call their own best friend. They want to feel that sense of responsibility to take care of, walk, feed, and play with a puppy. It is an important decision to choose the right breed of dog for your child and family. Since there are many types of breeds to choose from, be sure to consider the disposition, temperament, size, and energy level that will suit your family the best.
Below is a list of the five best breeds of dogs for a family to choose from.
1. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are naturally kind, smart, confident, and loyal. They tend to not be aggressive or timid and are extremely patient. Their natural patience is great for children and adults. With a naturally golden sleek coat, golden retrievers also carry a dense inner coat that provides an abundance of warmth. The medium sized dogs are often playful and long for exercise. With a friendly and eager-to-please demeanor, a golden retriever can be an excellent breed of dog for your family.
2. Labrador Retriever
As the most popular breed of dog by registered ownership, Labrador retrievers make a great family pet. Labrador retrievers are naturally athletic and love to swim, play catch, and retrieve games. They are patient and work well with young children, elderly, and for protection. Most Labrador retrievers are black, chocolate, or yellow in color. Their coat is smooth, short, and dense with straight hairs. Labrador retrievers are a beautiful breed of dogs that work well for many families.
Poodles are known to be smart and gentle dogs. They work well for a family with small children and for a family with someone who has allergies. Poodles shed very little and they do need to have scheduled grooming. Poodles are naturally friendly, good natured, and patient. Poodles are playful and rarely bored or annoyed, which make them a great breed for children. Poodles are both caring and loyal; they make a loving and dedicated addition to any family.
4. Irish Setter
With a radiant red coat, an Irish setter may be the perfect dog for your family. Typically a show dog breed, Irish setters get along well with children, other dogs, other household pets, and love to enthusiastically greet visitors. Irish setters do need frequent brushing to keep their long, silky, red coat mat-free and shiny. Irish setters are active dogs, who enjoy long walks and playing in wide, open spaces. They work well as guard and protection dogs. Irish setters can be an affectionate and dependable dog to add to your family.
Lassie is a classic movie for many children and families. The character Lassie is a loving a caring family dog. Like Lassie, collies make great household dogs. The medium-sized and lightly built dog is very active and has a strong herding instinct. Collies are quiet and often energetic. They size and color of a collie varies greatly. Collies come in the colors of black, black and white, black and tan, red, red and tan, or brown. There are different breeds of collies and many can fit the needs of your family. A collie is a loving and energetic pet for any family.
Choosing the right breed of dog for your family can be a difficult decision. Be sure to keep your options open and fit the needs of your family best.