The Top 5 Dogs for a Family

This week is National Pet Week. Which, of course, is the PERFECT week to add a dog to your family. But, there are so many dog breeds out there. How do you know which one will be the PERFECT fit for your family? With a little education, you’ll add the perfect match to your family before you know it.

The five dog breeds below and perfect for a family. But, like with any situation, what works best for one family may not work best for the next. So, with each dog breed below you’ll read about the pros and cons of each “family dog”.

The Top 5 Dogs for a Family

1.  Boston Terrier

Did you know that the Boston Terrier is, in fact, considered the “American Gentleman”? Of course, that’s mostly because of the charming tuxedo that he wears. But, there’s more than just a tuxedo behind the Boston Terrier.

Boston Terriers are compact dogs, usually weighing no more than 25 pounds. Their small structure makes them great for environments from apartments to farms.

They are also known to adapt to almost any situation. Plus, they aim to please in almost any situation. While we love their goofy personality, they are gentle enough to be kind to children.

In addition, their short coat makes grooming easy. Although they do shed quite a bit. Overall, their health is pretty sturdy.

This family friendly dog breed is also quite intelligent. But, at times, can be hard headed. Boston Terriers, like most any dog breed, need consistent training. Boston Terriers are high energy, too. They’ll need plenty of exercise.

2. The Bulldog

Another breed with a squishy nose that is a great family dog is the Bulldog. Like their relative, the Boston Terrier, they adapt to almost any situation. They will do good in an apartment or in a mansion.

Bulldogs are also friendly and intelligent. They are laid back, but sturdy. So, even the wildest kid a Bulldog can handle it. But, in a kind way. This family friendly dog breed is overall sweet natured.

The biggest downside of the Bulldog breed is their health. This breed tends to have quite a bit of health problems. As a result, cost of care can be quite high.

3. Collie

Collies are an excellent breed to add to any family. They have a very “nurturing” attitude. Mostly because of their instincts to herd whatever they can. This breed is a bit larger than the Bulldog and Boston Terrier. They may do just fine in an apartment. But, for the most part, will want a larger area to stay.

Their coat also requires quite a bit of maintenance. Collies’ coats are long, full, and thick. So, it’s easy for the coat to become matted and dirty. They’ll need regular grooming.

4. Standard Poodle

Standard Poodles are intelligent, gentle family friendly dogs. Their personality is not like their smaller relatives, the Toy/Miniature Poodle. Like the Collie, a Standard Poodle is a larger dog. Their weight can exceed 100 pounds.

Regardless of their weight, the Standard Poodle will still do well in any living situation. This is due to their laid back personalities.

Standard Poodles are also great for families who may have allergies. They do not shed a lot. But, due to their coat, they will require quite a bit of grooming. Professional grooming for a Standard Poodle is not cheap.

5. Golden Retriever

A Golden Retriever is just an overall great dog. They are patient and kind. Golden Retrievers are extremely nurturing towards children. This family friendly dog breed also has a great laid back personality.

Don’t let the Golden Retriever’s laid back personality fool you. This breed is also high energy and loves to have fun. They are also highly intelligent and learn commands quick.

Their coat is longer and they shed quite a bit. They require quite a bit of regular coat brushing.

The Golden Retriever’s lifespan also isn’t as long as the other dog breeds above. Their life expectancy is about 10 years.

Whatever family friendly dog breed you choose, make sure it’s the best pick for your family. Always remember to consider how much time, space, and money you can offer when considering a dog for your family.