9 Of The Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

Always wanted a dog but didn’t know which breed? If you have been putting off getting a dog because it was too difficult to decide on a breed and to make a choice, then this post is for you. We give you all the important details on 9 of our favourite breeds to help you get the perfect dog.

Labrador Retriever

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

They top our list as they are very friendly and also easy to take care of. They have very high energy levels and have a strong desire to carry things around in their mouth. Labs love water and are ace swimmers! They shed twice a year during the shedding season (three weeks in spring and three weeks in fall) so that their coats adapt to the change in climate. Apart from that, they would only need occasional brushing to keep the dust and dirt away. They have a life span of 10-12 years and need  good amount of exercise or they tend to get overweight which leads to joint problems. They are steady tempered with most people and are friendly with other dog breeds. They are very eager to please and make excellent pets for little kids. If you want a dog that is super loyal and substitutes for a best friend, then look no further!

Golden Retriever

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

They are touted to be one of the finest family dogs in the world: cheerful, demonstrative, trustworthy with everyone, and forgiving of any mistakes made by inexperienced owners. The mind and heart of a Golden is sweet and gentle, but his body is robust. Until he’s taught not to pull on the leash, you’ll need good biceps to walk him. A Golden Retriever remains enthusiastically puppy-like for many years, so early obedience training is required to instil calmness and good manners. They have a distinctive doggy odour and shed a considerable amount so regular brushing is essential. They are good pets to consider if you have a backyard where they can play and want cheerful companions with a gorgeous coat.

Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

The Yorkie is lively and inquisitive, physically and mentally quick, and spends much time trotting (or dashing) around checking things out. A lover of comfort, the Yorkshire Terrier enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows. Keen of eye and sharp of tongue, he won’t fail to announce strangers, often in a high-pitched voice which is what makes them really good watchdogs. Some cons of this breed include suspiciousness, shrillness, and high strung temperaments in some lines, or when babied or spoiled. Barking must be controlled from day one, and this spunky little fellow often must be taught that possessiveness of his food and toys is a no-no. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what’s going on around your tiny dog. Yorkies are NOT suited to young children, no matter how well-meaning the child is. Most Yorkies feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can’t help making and may result in defensive biting.

Pomsky

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

A pomsky is a cross breed of a pomeranian and a husky. Available in various hues, these furry and beautiful-looking puppies are very impressive. They are protective and adorable dogs. They prefer to stick around people and never get away far from their owners. They are rather calm, although they may run for an entire afternoon provided that they get the chance (and the space) to do so. They are perfect if you have kids that are afraid of animals. Apart from its appearance and the furry physique, these dogs are also great to pamper and love. They are quite intelligent and keen on taking part in games and playful activities. Be careful when you are buying this breed though, a lot of scammers are around that will give you similar looking breeds. You can get some good tips here.

Dachshund

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

Curious, lively, charming, and brave, the Dachshund is similar to a terrier in his demands to be in on everything. This comical clown loves to play games and has a great sense of humor. He is a loyal little dog, very attached to his family, and he firmly believes that sleeping under the bedcovers is in the Dachshund Bill of Rights. Though the Dachshund makes a great house dog, he does need his daily walks (on-leash! Dachshunds are chasers who will take off) and plenty of companionship. Loneliness will lead to excessive barking.You’ll also hear his sharp, persistent bark when people approach, for most Dachshunds are alert watchdogs who do not take kindly to strangers intruding on their domain. They love digging holes owing to their hiding and tunnelling instinct and aren’t a good idea if you love your garden! They also don’t need to much space and make perfect pets if you live in an apartment.

Pug

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

The pug is sometimes playful and clownish and at other times, calm but they are always stable and amiable. As is the case with most short-faced dogs, their large expressive eyes, wrinkled forehead, cocked head, innocent expression, and strange sounds bring out parental feelings in many people. Though peaceful with all the world, the Pug will sound off with his rather odd bark when visitors arrive. Then, he will welcome them inside with snorts, snuffles, and grunts. Though stubborn, Pugs seldom get into real mischief. Adults spend much of the day sleeping. They have to be fed right as gassiness (flatulence) is a common problem with pugs. They have a soft and easy-to-groom coat. They aren’t too mischievous and are easy to train.

Airedale Terrier

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

A rowdy handful as a puppy, the Airedale Terrier matures into a dignified, self-assured, courageous adult. This athletic dog romps and plays hard. Without vigorous exercise and lots of personal interaction, he is easily bored and may become destructive as he seeks to entertain himself. Mental stimulation (hunting, obedience, agility, playing games) is essential for this thinking breed. You can’t just leave him alone all day or stick him outside and hope that he’ll lie down quietly and be happy. This breed is very smart, but also independent. Unless you establish yourself as the alpha (number one), he can be headstrong. Airedale Terriers were never intended to be simply household pets. Their working behaviours (following scents, searching for prey animals, chasing things that run, digging, exploring) can be a nuisance in a normal household setting. Trying to suppress these “hardwired” behaviours  without providing alternate outlets for their high energy level, can be difficult. Therefore, they are ideal if you have a big space and spend a lot of time at home.

Beagle

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

Beagles are conveniently-sized, handsome and easy-to-groom, friendly with people, peaceful with other pets, and with their appealing soulful expression, it’s perfectly natural that many people consider them as potentially wonderful pets. However, Beagles were developed as hunting dogs and they have many hunting dog behaviours. Beagles need much more exercise than most people give them, which is why you see so many fat Beagles with health problems. Though they’re often kept in city apartments or condos where they should not be. They need a large yard where they can run around and get exercise. In addition, you can’t leave them outside unmonitored, for Beagles are prone to wanderlust and can be adept climbers and diggers. Also, Beagles left outside become bored and then they bay and howl and dig holes. They aren’t very easy to maintain as often portrayed. Sure, they will adapt to the environment you keep them in, but keep in mind that they might not be happy in this setting – often slouchy and lazy. They are dogs with an attitude and training is of utmost importance.

Basenji

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

High-spirited and endlessly curious, the dapper, light-footed Basenji demands to be in on everything. Without enough physical and mental activity, he will become bored and then he may chew up your home or scale fences (sometimes trees) in search of a more interesting life. This dog is too busy and inquisitive to be left loose and unsupervised in your house or yard. Don’t let him off the leash, for he is a swift, agile chaser who is impossible to catch. You must stay one step ahead of this thinking breed, for he uses his keen intelligence in clever, sometimes manipulative ways that suit his own purposes. Consistent leadership is a must. Basenjis are intriguing in that they are physically unable to bark. Yet their wariness of strangers, inherent distrust of anything new or different, territorial instincts, acute senses, and canny intuition all combine to make them vigilant watchdogs. And they do whine, growl, chortle, yodel, and scream, so they are far from soundless.

Which dog breed would you pick?

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1 COMMENT

  1. Hmm, the pomsky is not a breed for firstime owners, since one of the breeds is a husky. Its a crossbreed, so the amount of husky you get is unknown, but a husky is certainly not a breed for first time owners!

    The airedale terrier certainly is not either!

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