Best Dog For A Young Family

Introduction

One of the most important decisions a young family considers is what dog they will have as a pet. Not only is it scary to bring home a puppy, but there are a lot of things you think about. What breed of dog should I get? How big should it be? Will the dog get along with other animals or children? You don’t want to wake up one morning and find your child being mauled by the dog you got when they were younger. These questions can seem overwhelming and make it seem like less of an option to have a dog – but that doesn’t really need to be the case.

Mutts!

While your family might be considering only purebred dogs, don’t count out mixed breeds. Mixed breeds often provide the best traits of two (or more!) great breeds in one dog.

When you adopt a mixed breed dog, you are saving the lives of two dogs—the dog you adopt, and the dog you’ve now made space for at the rescue.

By adopting, you can also get more behavioral background on the dog. The shelter or rescue workers spend their days caring for the dogs, so they can let you know about the ins and outs of a dog’s personality and habits.

In terms of size, if the dog is a mutt and also not fully grown, you might only get a best estimate on their size as an adult.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a confident, smart, kind, and loyal dog. Neither aggressive nor timid, the Golden Retriever is extremely patient, which makes them a perfect match for kids.

While the breed does need a lot of exercise, they love to play (retrieving games are their favorite—for example, your Golden might love playing with frisbees).

You’ll often find that the fun-loving Golden Retriever is affectionate and obedient, as well, meaning that your kids will fall in love instantly.

Proper care for their glorious golden coats requires twice-weekly brushing.

Labrador Retriever

This is one of THE most popular dog breeds, and for good reason—the Labrador Retriever is playful, patient, loving, protective, and reliable. Another perk—Labs are highly intelligent and take well to training.

They require A LOT of exercise (they love swimming!), so be sure your family is up for the challenge. Make sure that they have plenty of room to run around and play.

Whether they’re Black Labs, Chocolate Labs, or Yellow Labs, they all share the same sense of stamina, strength, and obedience that makes them such a popular breed.

These affable dogs get along well with other animals and pretty much everyone they meet, plus their short coats mean that they only really need a weekly combing to keep them clean and healthy. However, Labradors do shed, so you should be prepared for cleaning up their hair regularly.

Poodle

Besides their often-distinctive haircuts, the Poodle also happens to be a very smart and gentle dog.

Proud and elegant, this dog breed is both caring and loyal and is seldom annoyed or bored.

Poodles are available in both miniature and standard sizes, meaning you can choose the specific Poodle size that best matches your living environment. They’re great for kids with allergies, as they shed very little.

Each breed comes with different perks. The Standard Poodle breed, for example, is very obedient, smart, playful, and adventurous. Although they are often shy with strangers, they get along great with people and kids that they know.

Miniature Poodles, on the other hand, tend to dedicate themselves to one person in particular, but they are good with other pets and kids. They are smart, responsive, obedient, and playful.

No matter the particular breed of Poodle, however, their coats do require scheduled grooming. 

Irish Setter

Known for their red coat, the Irish Setter is playful and energetic, loves being around people, and plays well with children.

In fact, this breed loves being with their family so much that they hate to be alone, which means they’re on their best behavior when surrounded by their loved ones. (Check out some easy ways to prevent separation anxiety in your dog here.)

This dog needs lots of exercise and is a good match for energetic kids.

A smart and trainable companion, the Irish setter is perfect for people with a yard, and they’re great at greeting new people that come into your home, as well. 

Irish Setters do have a longer coat, so they will require regular grooming and brushing to prevent them from getting hair mats.

Vizsla

While this breed isn’t exactly a common household name—mostly due to their need for regular exercise—they’re actually one of the best dog breeds for active and energetic families with older kids. 

The Vizsla has a lively disposition but a gentle manner, and is both loyal and affectionate.

The breed is also obedient, confident, and smart. Vizslas form close bonds with family members and are able to learn new tricks quickly.

They have a short coat, so their grooming routine is quite low maintenance.

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Conclusion

In the end, finding the right dog is likely going to come down to your priorities and what you’re looking for in a pet. If you have kids and want a large dog that can guard them, then a labrador retriever will probably be the best fit. But if you have time to commit to training a small dog, and you don’t mind its smaller size, it would make for a perfect addition to any family. Whatever you choose, please do your research and make sure that a dog is the right choice for your family. That being said, pets are wonderful additions to any household, so if you want one and think that you can handle it responsibly, please go for it!

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