Are you thinking about adding to your family with your first fluffy friend? While it might seem crazy to some people, many have never added a dog to their family before – and that’s fine! This is why we are putting this guide together to help you choose the best breeds for your first time.
While dogs have their own individual personalities, and breeds can vary greatly in what they need, it’s safe to say anyone can find a great furry friend if you know what you’re looking for. Remember there is no such thing as a bad dog breed, so don’t worry if one isn’t on this list. And remember, this is a guide, but you can be successful with any breed as long as you are committed.
First Time Dog Owners Should Consider These 10 Breeds
- Golden Retriever
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Bichon Frise
- Labrador Retriever
- Shih Tzu
1. Golden Retriever
Goldens are well behaved and amazing dogs which makes them very popular dogs. On top of being great companions, they don’t require much low maintenance and they love kids and adults alike. These loving dogs can be your chill buddy on the but can most definitely keep up if your family is a bit more active. These Retrievers with the golden locks train easily and have a great deal of patience. have wonderful temperaments and are easy to train. This fine fido breed is an awesome choice for first-time dog owners.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Think you might need a little smaller breed? Cavalier Spaniels are delightful little couch dwellers that love to cuddle up with you and relax any time you choose. While some say they are lazy, we prefer to say this dog breed enjoys a slower-paced life, so they don’t require much from the first-time owner. They do have longer coats however, so grooming will be needed. Cavaliers are very loving and will want you to take them everywhere with you.
3. Bichon Frise
Bichons are little fur balls that look similar to poodles and are a really popular breed with both seasoned and newbie owners. So, not surprisingly, they are well tempered and make an excellent addition to the family. Grooming is minimal and they are happy with a daily walk, so they are low maintenance. However, you will need to supply lots of love for a Bichon which won’t be hard with this adorable dog.
If you want to up the size of your fur baby a bit to a medium/large doggie friend, a happy, playful Boxer is a good choice. This will be a very loyal pet and bond closely with the family. If you like to be active this breed could be a good choice for you. While a lovable Boxer has very basic grooming needs, you will have to give this member of the family plenty of exercise and a good foundation of training. You will then have the most loyal buddy you can imagine.
While this small breed looks like a tiny little morsel of lap goodness, don’t let appearances fool you. Papillons are very hardy and they enjoy being pretty active. This darling little doggie can be happy in your lap or going with you to workouts. While Papillons love to play and run around, they don’t demand regular exercise. This friendly breed doesn’t require a lot of grooming and is easy to train. Plus, they kind of look like little butterflies.
6. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are a very popular and recognizable dog breed. Labs are medium/large in size and their affection is even bigger than that as they bond closely with their human family members. Because this furry friend is smart, active and playful, make sure to provide lots of stimulating activities. Training is easy because they love to learn, and grooming is minor. Well taken care of Labradors are happy, lovable and faithful life companions for the whole family.
7. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is quite gentle, so it will make a perfect lap dog to snuggle with. While his name translates to little lion, this smaller breed is a lover, and does not hunt. This companion is loving, content, friendly and will love to follow his people everywhere. Recently, this breed has moved off the couch into obedience and agility competitions. There will be grooming requirements with this little fluff ball.
If you are looking for a smaller pet that still has a lot of spunk and can keep up with your active lifestyle, the amazing Brittany breed is for you. While this dog is small, it’s still classified as a sporting breed and has relentless energy that rivals a Labrador Retriever. Brittanies have sensitive, sweet, and lively personalities. Once you welcome this amazing little friend into your home, you’ll find that they’re addicting!
If you really have your heart set on a larger breed, Greyhounds can be couch potatoes. You might not think so, but it’s true. They are extremely easy-going animals and they love to lay around and sleep. They have to have regular exercise, but hey, that means they could be your best running companion. Greyhounds are one of the lowest maintenance breeds you’ll find when it comes to grooming, and surprisingly included is the activity needed!
Just picture a little Pug entering your family. You’ll find them reliably friendly, carefree dogs with a squished in, adorable face. Be aware, there may be some health issues stemming from the short nose. While this furry friend might require some extra resources, you can’t beat their playfulness and low maintenance coat. Brains: This lovable little, short tank is bright an easy to train and will love his human like crazy.
When thinking about and looking into which breed is the right one for your family, please don’t forget about mixed-breed dogs. These love bug, special dogs can make delightful buddies. By adding a mixed-breed dog to your family, you are also helping other fur babies by reducing the pet overpopulation in shelters.
If you can’t figure out exactly what breed will fit best in your life or you want to mix it up a bit, please check out your local shelter or a rescue group and consider an adorable mutt. Ask the staff to help you find a forever friend with the traits you want like training and grooming.
Adding a forever friend to your life, no matter the breed, will give you more joy then you can imagine.