Often when parents consider adding a dog to their family the trusty golden retriever is the first breed that springs to mind. But there are a number of other small and medium-sized dogs for a family too. Today, our Statesboro vets share a few family-friendly, non-guard dog, breeds that you may want to consider.
Picking the Best Dog Breed for Your Family
When you're trying to decide on the right breed of dog for your family, it's important to look beyond the cuteness factor and consider more important factors such as the overall temperament of the breed and how much space and exercise the breed requires to be content.
Take your time to find a dog that suits the space you live in, as well as the energy level of your family, and how much time each family member is willing to commit to training your new canine companion.
To help get you off to a good start picking the best dog for family life, here are a few of our favorite breeds:
English BulldogEnglish bulldogs weigh between 50 and 55 pounds and are less energetic than many other dog breeds, making them ideal for apartments and smaller homes. These people-loving puppies seek out social interactions with their family and are content to simply cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie. English bulldogs are a gentle, dependable breed that can make wonderful family pets.
Cavalier King Charles SpanielThis lively but gentle breed's compact size of about 10-18 lbs makes it ideal for smaller homes or apartments. Cavaliers get along well with children and other dogs. They can be both playful and cuddly making this sweet-natured pooch a great pet for kids of many ages and energy levels.
Boston TerrierThese people-loving bundles of fun weigh about 25 pounds or less and come with their own easy-to-care-for "tuxedo" coats. This charming dog breed adapts well to apartment living and makes a great companion for children of all ages, as it enjoys playing with children and going for short walks.
The strikingly beautiful Irish setter is a slightly larger breed to consider. This breed typically weighs around 65 pounds and makes an excellent family pet. These dogs are lively, intelligent, and full of mischief. Irish Setters enjoy chasing balls and going for long runs, but they also enjoy playing with children in the backyard. If you have energetic children, they will enjoy spending time with an Irish Setter!