What is the best dog breed for a family?
So you’re thinking about getting a dog? You may have small children or maybe they’ve grown enough to a point that you’re ready to add a four legged member to your family. And you want to know, “What is the best dog breed for a family?”
So many breeds. How to choose?
In my opinion the number one deciding factor. You want a dog breed that is able to get along with children. I have grown up with a few different breeds (German Schnauzer, Chocolate Lab, Basset Hound, Bichon Frise, and Golden Retriever). All excellent breeds but, for my money, the golden retriever was the best family dog.
Just like children, most if not all, dogs can be trained with structure and persistence. There are however some breeds of dogs that have been bred for specific purposes and training. Dogs bred for protection or detection service may have a very territorial demeanor such as the German shepherd, and “bull” dog type breeds. That is not to say they can’t be good family dogs. Because I do know some very sweet dogs of those type of breeds.
This may or may not be a big deal for some. But families with some allergies will want to get a dog that is “hypoallergenic.” There are many breeds that fit this category and are also very good family dogs. I would say the golden retriever would not fit this category. Also regarding coat, there are dogs that will require more grooming than others.
When choosing the best dog for your family you’ll want to consider the size of the dog. There are so many great breeds in every size. I have a friend the has a Great Dane. She is a very sweet dog, very friendly and great with kids. However her yard is filled with land mines that needs continuous cleaning. It can also be difficult to take her places if you have even a mid-sized vehicle. And if you really want a lap dog a Great Dane may not be the answer. Like many things in life when we see something we really want then that’s what we aim for. If you’ve had your heart set on a specific breed then, by all means, going with heart is never a bad choice.
As always, I would love to hear about your experiences. What do you think is the best family dog?
Happy Tails, Shane