The 5 Best Dogs for Families
So, its come the time for a family Dog! The thing is Families today come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but the good thing is so do all our furry friends. So which dog might be best for your pack? Our team came up with a top 5 list so you can find out which four legged family member might best fit your home.
Personality – The Newfoundland is a dog with a sweet temperament. They are intelligent, generous , peaceable ,calm , and obedient with their master. They are devoted, loyal, trustworthy, rarely bark and are great with kids. They can be protective if they need to be but generally are able to understand the difference between a pack member, friend or intruder. They are sociable and tend to get along with other dogs and animals.
Size – Height : Male 30 inch Female 27 inch
Weight : Male 140- 175 lbs Female 110- 155
Living conditions- Will do okay in an apartment if they get enough exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard would be sufficient. Make sure there is always cool water and a shaded place for them to lie.
Life Expectancy _ 9-15 years
Exercise – The Gentle Giant will laze around your house as much as you let him but needs to be taken on a daily walk. Newfoundland’s are born swimmers and will love every chance they get to be in the water.
Grooming – Daily to Weekly Brushing . Undercoat sheds twice a year. Avoid bathing unless necessary as it strips away coats natural oils. Dry shampoo works great.
4. Golden Retriever
Personality - These dogs are lovable well mannered , energetic, intelligent dogs with great charm . They are easily trained because they respond well to rewards. They are always patient and gentle with children . They are a popular family dog .
Size – Height : Male 23-24 inch Female 21-22 inch
Weight : Male 65 – 75 lbs Female 60 -70lbs
Living Conditions- This breed can do all right in an apartment if they get enough exercise. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a medium to large yard.
Life expectancy – 10-12 years
Exercise – The Golden Retriever needs to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk jog or run alongside you when you bicycle.
Grooming- Easy-to groom come and brush as needed . Dry shampoo regularly
Bathe as needed. Average shedder.
Personality – Neither excitable or dull this little guy or girl is animated peppy social and spirited, loyal loving and affectionate with family.
Size- Height : Males 12-4 inches Females 10-12 inches
Weight : Males 13-20 pounds Females 13-18 pounds
Living conditions -The Pug is good for apartment life .It is relatively inactive indoors and will do OK without a yard. Can’t cope with extreme cold or hot and should be kept indoors to deal with weather.
Life Expectancy- 12-15 years
Exercise -Daily walks
Grooming – Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. This breed sheds heavily seasonally.
Personality -The beagle is a tail wager, they are sociable brave intelligent sweet and gentle. They are excellent with small children and generally good with other dogs, but because of their hunting instincts should not be trusted with non canine pets unless socialized with small animals like cats as a puppy. They need firm training but making a beagle part of your family pack can be truly
Size – Height: Males 14-16 inches Females 13-15 inches
Weight: Males 22-25 pounds Females 20-13 pounds
Living Conditions- Beagles will be ok in an apartment as long as they get a chance to be outside. A small yard should work fine. They are very active indoors.
Exercise – Beagles have a lot of energy and stamina , they do best with daily brisk walks.
Life Expectancy 12-15 years
Grooming – Brush with a firm bristle brush and bath with mild soap only when necessary. Average shedder •
1. Labrador Retriever
Personality – One of the most popular breeds in the USA and for a good reason, Labradors are intelligent dogs who are loyal, loving ,affectionate, and patient making a great family dog. Labs are also easily trained as like golden retrievers they are eager to please. Will be reserved with strangers unless socialized.
Size – Height: Male 22-24 inches Females 21 -23 inches
Weight: Male 60-75 pounds Females 55-70 pounds
Living Conditions- Will be ok in an apartment if they get enough daily exercise. Do best with an average size yard.
Exercise – These energetic dogs do best with Daily long brisk walks
Life Expectancy – 10-12 years
Grooming- Easy to groom , brush regularly with a bristle brush. Bathe and shampoo when necessary.
All families should be encouraged to rescue a puppy or older dog and although a lot of the time the rescue mutt doesn’t have a distinguishable breed they all are happy to have a new home. Adopting literally means saving a life. The only gamble is when getting a mixed breed puppy the size isn’t always predictable .