Are you thinking about adding a dog to your family? Before picking a dog to add to your family you should always do a little research. So today our Fort Pierce vets share a few family-friendly dog breeds that you may want to consider.
Picking the Best Dog Breed for Your Family
When you're trying to decide on the right breed of dog for your family, it's important to look beyond the cuteness factor and consider more important factors such as the overall temperament of the breed and how much space and exercise the breed requires to be content.
Take your time to find a dog that suits the space you live in, as well as the energy level of your family, and how much time each family member is willing to commit to training your new canine companion.
To help get you off to a good start picking the best dog for family life, here are a few of our favorite breeds:
BeagleThe Beagle is one of the best medium-sized dogs for family life. This mid-sized pooch typically weighs in at between 18-30 lbs and adores spending time with its people, playing games, and going for walks. Beagles are smart and loving dogs that can make terrific family pets provided that they get plenty of family interaction and exercise. Beagles are not appropriate for families who are out of the house a lot.
English BulldogEnglish bulldogs weigh in at about 50-55 lbs and tend to be less energetic than many other dog breeds, making them suitable for apartments and smaller homes. These people-loving pups seek out social interactions with their family and are happy to just cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie and relax. English bulldogs are a sweet, gentle, and dependable breed that can make excellent family pets.
Cavalier King Charles SpanielAt about 10-18 lbs, the compact size of this lively but gentle breed makes it the dog for smaller homes or apartments. Cavaliers tend to get along well with kids and other dogs. They can be both playful and cuddly making this sweet-natured pooch a great pet for kids of many ages and energy levels.
A slightly larger breed to consider is the strikingly beautiful Irish setter. This breed typically weighs in at around 65 lbs and can make a great family pet. These dogs are lively, intelligent, and have a great sense of mischief. Irish Setters love to chase balls, and go for long runs, but also enjoy playing in the backyard with children. If you have high-energy kids, they will love spending time with an Irish Setter!