Deciding to get a dog is a huge decision. In making this decision you as a family are choosing to welcome another family member in to your home and your life. Before doing so it is important to choose a breed of dog that is right for your family situation and lifestyle. After all, you want a dog that is going to fit in, right? There are so many factors to consider when choosing what is right for you and your family from, the size, personality, compatibility, energy level, specific breed health issues, basic care, hypoallergenic or not and activities preferred. You especially want to think of how much dog walking and dog sitting will be needed while you’re on vacation or at work and the associated costs of this and vet bills.
Obviously a well-tempered dog is needed for a family with children and families need to decide if they want an active dog to fit in with their lifestyle or a laid back dog. There is also more of a range with families that do not have kids and don’t worry about their dog being around strangers often. IAMS has a quiz to take for families that have no clue what they want and how to start narrowing down breeds.
Laid Back Families With Kids
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are always a great choice for families with kids. They’re very lovable and tend to be submissive and are a great size for people living in apartments or houses. Easily trained with great personalities and relaxed temperaments makes them great as puppies. Cavaliers are happy to be out running and playing ball with children or taken to cafes and on long walks but at the same time are happy to curl up on the end of a child’s bed at night for story time or on the sofa for a family movie. Cavaliers loving personality is often why they are cross bred with poodles and a variety of other breeds. The Cavapoo – cavalier and poodle combination is one that has become very popular for families and is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away.
- Great Dane
Great Danes are for the people who love huge dogs. These large pooches are very dependent on their owners and love everyone they come across. They need a lot of exercise, and minimal grooming. They’re like huge teddy bears that need many dog walks!
Active Families With Kids
- Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are easy to find and they are pretty large. They are more laid back and will be comfortable in seasonal weather. They have a short coat, so it is easy to maintain and they are very lovable. They tend to be very easy to train, but they need a lot of exercise, so dog walking is crucial for them! Labs are also great working dogs. They can hunt, retrieve, track, and guard. They’re also super cute!
- Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are for the families that prefer a small and active pooch. Performing tricks and being watchdogs are their main attributes. They tend to not like other dogs, however. So, families that only want one dog are probably best. They need regular grooming, but infrequent exercise. They also tend to be reserved with strangers and bark quite a bit, so they are best for single families, maybe elderly, who don’t have many visitors.
Single Families Without Kids
- Toy Poodle
Toy Poodles are the little accessory dogs for single people! They have a very long lifespan for people seeking companionship, they are reserved, and very dependent and very intelligent. They’re also easy to train and need a lot of grooming. Poodles do come in a variety of sizes from small to large so you may also want to explore the other sized depending on your space and lifestyle.
Corgis are the slightly small and reserved dogs for single people. They’re easy to train and need some exercise and grooming in their life. They best with older children, so replacing a poor pooch that you lose when your kid is older is what a Corgi could be for.
No matter what your lifestyle there will be a breed that is the perfect addition to your family! At Yuppy Puppy Club we are very focused on the mental and physical well being of dogs and making our clients life as easy as possible regarding their four legged family members. We are fast becoming Sydney’s trusted place to supply your dog with tailored dog walking and dog sitting. At Yuppy Puppy Club we enjoy getting to know you and your dog or dogs individually so we can provide the best care possible. Contact us today!