The best breeds for a new family dog

Posted by Argos January 13th 2020.

As Christmas approaches, you might be considering adding a furry friend to your wolfpack. When adopting a new pup, you’ll want to make sure they fit into your family’s lifestyle, especially if you have children.

To help you find the right fit, we’ve created a handy guide to the best dog breeds for families, as well as the things you should think about when deciding!

What do I need to consider when choosing a dog?

1.Size

If you have young children, a small dog like a Yorkshire Terrier isn’t the best pairing for such boisterous energy. Large dogs are great because they can handle a little rough-and-tumble with your kids. However, Great Dane’s for example, require more space in addition to frequent and longer walks. Typically, they benefit from you having a big garden for them to roam. If this is your first family pet, you may find that the best dogs for kids are often medium-sized breeds like Poodles. They aren’t as fragile as small dogs and generally won’t need as much exercise as larger breeds.

2.Temperament

In addition to size, you should think about how your new pooch’s temperament will blend with your family’s. New family dogs aren’t just a Christmas gift, when you welcome a dog into your home you’re making, on average, a ten to sixteen-year relationship commitment, so choose wisely! 

Some dogs are natural-born hunters, whereas others prefer to hunt for the comfiest spot on the couch. Whether you’re looking for a snuggle bug or a hiking pal, pay attention to the energy levels of the breed you’re considering.

3.Care and Grooming

Some breeds will need more than a brush and a bath every so often, many require frequent brushing and possibly even trips to the groomers! From needing their ears and eyes cleaned to frequent teeth brushings, you should determine who in your family will be responsible for grooming.

What breed of dog should I get?

Beagle

If you’re looking for dogs that are good with children, the Beagle is a great family-friendly breed as they’re cute and love the outdoors!

Originally kept as hunting dogs, these energetic pups are rarely too tired to play games and need frequent face-time with your family as they do poorly with being left alone for long periods of time. They’re also incredibly smart, meaning that the whole family can have fun teaching them new tricks. The Beagle is a breed that sheds, hitting its peak shedding season during the summer months, so brushing their coats two to three times a week is recommended.

For active families who enjoy the outdoors and want a bona fide companion, a Beagle might be the right dog for you!

Collie

Collies are a classic, they’re a well-mannered and smart breed, but if you’ve seen Lassie, you already knew that! Collies are one of the best family dogs because they love connecting with children and tend to have very patient temperaments. 

They’re a gentle and predictable breed but require some obedience training to keep them active and stimulated. Teaching tricks by using treats and positive reinforcement will serve as a great bonding experience for all the family.

The Collie is perfect for any family that is athletic, patient and can keep up with grooming demands. Due to their long hair, Collies require more maintenance than most. They need regular brushing and grooming to keep their coat in tip-top shape and to prevent any matting.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frises are smart and incredibly loving, they’re often sensitive and gentle in nature… so if a guard dog is what you’re after, this friendly pooch is not the answer!

The Bichon is a fantastic option for any family suffering from allergies as they’re considered relatively hypoallergenic and shed minimally. They’ll still need to be groomed on a monthly basis and using a groomer is recommended to keep their coats extra fluffy.

Bichons are somewhat active because they love learning new tricks, a popular breed choice for agility competitions. However, they do love to cuddle up with their companions and are a great breed for busier families or apartment living.

Poodle

Known for their distinctive haircuts, the Poodle also happens to be a very smart and gentle dog. Available in both miniature and standard sizes, this breed is great for children of varying age ranges.

Standard Poodles tend to be slightly more clever and obedient. They can be trained to obey commands from multiple members of your family, whereas miniature breeds tend to dedicate themselves to one family member. Both, however, still behave well with other pets and children.

Poodles are playful and quite active, so long walks, jogs or even a swim are perfect for these agile pets. They’re a proud breed, so teaching them tricks is a great way to bond.

The Poodle is a great choice for active families who have a lot of energy to burn, and they’re similar to the Bichon Frise in the sense that they’re hypoallergenic and great for people who may have allergies. However, their coats do require frequent grooming, preferably from professionals. We advise keeping your poodle’s fur short to avoid the opportunity of matting to occur.

Choosing to adopt a new dog is no small feat and finding the best breed for your family is an important part of successfully transitioning them into your lifestyle.

Whether your new pup is curious and favours adventure, or they’re a couch potato, make sure your dog is covered with pet insurance should anything unfortunate happen to them. Visit www.argospetinsurance.co.uk to find out more information.

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