Family dogs: The 10 dog breeds are suitable as family dogs
These ten dog breeds are generally considered suitable family dogs:
As a Family Dogs Which of these 10 dog breeds is right for you?
Labradors and Golden Retrievers
Labradors and Golden Retrievers are very people oriented and adaptable and want to please their humans. They are active, playful and friendly and therefore not only suitable for novice dogs, but also for families. Labradors and Golden Retrievers are eager to learn and generally easy to train. However, they need sufficient exercise and mental activity.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small, loving dog. He is considered to be particularly peaceful and balanced. The dog breed is also patient, affectionate and cuddly. These characteristics make the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a suitable family dog – even for beginners – who gets along very well with children.
In addition to daily walks, grooming is particularly important for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, because the long coat of small dogs requires a lot of care. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to some hereditary diseases. Therefore, find out exactly where your dog comes from and pay particular attention to serious breeding.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the most family-friendly large dog breeds. He is considered friendly and peaceful. The good-natured dog is very fond of children, has strong nerves and is patient. The Bernese Mountain Dog needs a family connection and consistent, loving upbringing. Unfortunately, this breed of dog is prone to diseases such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, or eye diseases (e.g. roll-lid). Cancer or torsion of the stomach are also relatively common in the Berner.
The Bobtail, also known as the Old English Sheepdog, is a herding dog, but can also be suitable for families. At first glance, the Bobtail may appear easygoing and lazy, but in fact this breed of dog needs plenty of exercise and activity. The Bobtail is friendly, docile, even-tempered and fond of children. He likes to play and romp, but is not aggressive. If you can offer the bobtail a home with lots of space and plenty of time for its activities, you will receive a loyal and playful companion in return.
The collie is a willing, elegant and playful dog. He is very sociable, also with children, and is therefore well suited as a family dog. Since he is very active, the Collie needs a family that moves him a lot and likes to take long walks. You should always think about new tasks for the dog who loves to learn and also keep it mentally busy. A collie needs a lot of time and attention, existing dog experience is an advantage for him. It must be noted that Collies, as herding dogs, often have a pronounced protective instinct and want to defend their family.
The Newfoundland is a good-natured, happy, gentle, and patient breed of dog that gets along well with children. Newfoundlands are obedient, which makes training them relatively easy. However, it is important that a good upbringing is valued right from the start. The size of the Newfoundland should not be underestimated – also when dealing with children. It is also good if there are already people in the family who have experience with dogs. Newfoundlands need lots of space and exercise. Swimming is one of the favorite pastimes of these dogs.
The Bichon Frize is a small, white dog that is characterized by its cheerful and open nature. He is uncomplicated and friendly and likes to be with you everywhere. The Bichon Frisé is suitable as a dog in various situations, including for beginners and families: the small dog is a great playmate for children. Of course, it is important that the children learn how to handle dogs properly. An advantage of this dog breed: the Bichon Frisé does not shed! However, its grooming is still relatively expensive.
English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel is a happy, affectionate and playful dog that is also suitable as a family pet. The good-natured dog likes to be everywhere, but needs a lot of exercise and activity. You also need to pay special attention to grooming your fur. Training the English Cocker Spaniel is not that difficult as long as you are consistent from the start, as often the dogs are a bit exuberant and spirited. It is important to know that English Cocker Spaniels are hunting dogs. For dog beginners, they may not be the right choice.
The Dalmatian is considered a suitable family dog. The black and white dogs are friendly, playful, affectionate and adaptable – important qualities for a family pet. But Dalmatians not only need a lot of love and affection, they also need a lot of exercise. Therefore, this dog breed is only suitable for active families. However, Dalmatians are often very sensitive to stress. Especially when dealing with children, this characteristic should be considered. It’s important that everyone in the household knows how to be considerate of the dog without stressing it. Consistent and loving parenting is also very important. The Dalmatian is not suitable for people without dog experience.
The Elo is a well-balanced, adaptable and good-natured dog that is suitable as a family dog according to its breeding intention. Nevertheless, an Elo needs consistent training and an owner with dog experience, because Elos often tend to be stubborn. Elos can be very different in their interests, but in any case they must be kept sufficiently busy. Lots of exercise is also very important. Elos like long walks. The best way to find out which other playing and movement options your Elo likes is to try them out.