With a new furry family member, comes new challenges, new responsibilities, and of course new memories that will last a lifetime. And while you might think that your family is ready for a new dog, there are certain things to keep in mind while choosing the right pet for you. After all, many dogs have their special needs and requirements based on their personalities, too. An over-active dog might not be suitable for a laid back family, while a laid back dog might not fit well for a family that is always on the go.
Of course, choosing from all the different breeds of dogs just makes the process all the more complicated. When choosing a pup, there are so many things that might run through your head: “Will our family be happy with him,” or “Will he be happy with our family.” Before bringing a dog home, you and your family need to thoughtfully and seriously assess your needs before making a decision.
There are a lot of factors that you need to keep in mind, including living space, how much time your family spends at home, and if you and your family members are willing to put in the work it takes to raise a dog together. Luckily, we’ve got five of the top breeds of dogs for families with your children below.
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If you have active children in your house, prepare for lots of high energy running, especially if you decide to bring a beagle home. Beagles are lovable, sweet dogs, but they are also part of a breed that needs a lot of exercise. One of the top reasons why they are often turned over to shelters is their excessive baying. They are also not good apartment dogs, as they prefer to run around in open spaces, preferably with their family members.
Plus, you might find yourself emotionally attached to your beagle, real fast, too. But at the same time, these dogs will keep you on your toes at all times. Beagles can turn into escape artists if they come across a captivating scent.
2. Golden Retriever
If you are looking for a dog that will participate in activities with you, look no further than the Golden Retriever. They can wear anywhere from 55 and 75 pounds and are the perfect size for families looking to include their dog in most of their daily activities, including hiking, running, camping, or even simply going for a daily walk. They also help prevent waste, as they are known to eat everything in sight!
Here’s the best part about Golden Retrievers: they are quick learners. And they require lots of physical activity: running, swimming, fetching, and plenty of playtime. In return, they'll give you joyful companionship with plenty of silliness thrown in for good measure.
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Bulldogs become great family pets, mostly because they are loyal watchdogs. With that being said though, they also come with a hefty price. Many registered purebred bulldog puppies cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000. One of the reasons why bulldog puppies are so expensive is because they usually have to be delivered by cesarean section. This is because their heads are often too big for the mother to deliver them naturally.
For those who enjoy more of a laid back lifestyle, a loyal bulldog will be a great fit. Keep one thing in mind though: although they generally get along well with other family pets, English bulldogs can be aggressive to unfamiliar dogs.
Pug owners will tell you that there are lots of reasons why they make some of the best pets in the world. That’s because their greatest advantage is that they give you unconditional love, endless cuddles and warm embraces. They are loyal and very playful and actually make great guard dogs, too. Here’s a great fact, too: pugs are one of the oldest breed of dogs, dating back to about 400 BC.
At just 15 pounds or so, this is a breed that doesn't need a huge backyard, but appreciates a play session with small kids.
These sporting dogs love kiddos and strive to become an integral part of the family, learning quickly along the way. The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. If you are looking for a dog that you want to connect to, you might be in luck here. In Weimaraners are so smart that they're sometimes referred to as "the dog with the human brain."
And while Weimarners are great family dogs, many experts suggest that first time dog owners need not to apply. That’s because these dogs have a great deal of energy and stamina and need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.
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