New year, new dog - best dogs for first-time owners
It’s a new year and the perfect time for a new furry family member. If your new year resolution is to add a new pup to your life, then this is the perfect Woof Wednesday post for you. We are going to give you a list of 10 dogs that are perfect for first time owners. From small to large breeds, to high-energy and lazy lap dogs we will give you a break down that will be a helpful guide to finding the perfect dog for you!
Choosing A Dog That Fits You
When picking out a dog it is good to ask yourself “What kind of dog would fit my lifestyle?”. Are you an active person who likes to be outdoors running around spontaneously? If so, then a high-energy dog that can keep up with your active schedule would be best for you. If you are more of a homebody who likes to stay in and stick to a slower pace routine, then a lazy lap dog is the way to go. Knowing what type of schedule, you carry day in and out is a helpful with your pup search.
The next question to ask yourself would be “Do I want a puppy or an older dog?”. If you are thinking the puppy route, then make sure you realize that caring for a puppy takes work. Puppies need time allotted for housetraining, socialization, obedient training and frequent vet visits. If this sounds like too much, then perhaps an adult dog will be a better fit for you. Adult dogs are typically already house trained and well-socialized, so you won’t have to spend the time training them.
Dog Breeds for Beginners
Because there are so many different dog breeds out there, deciding what breed works best for you can be over whelming. Lucky for you, each dog breed has a relatively predictable size, energy level, and grooming need. Also, each dog breed has personality traits that are associated with them, these traits can help you select a dog that fits you and your needs. According to www.thesprucepets.com these are the top 10 best dogs for first-time owners.
If you are looking for a medium-large high-energy dog, look no further than the playful Boxer. This is a loyal dog that forms a close bond with family. If you lead a fairly active lifestyle, a Boxer could be right for you. This breed needs plenty of exercise and a strong foundation of training. The Boxer’s grooming needs are very basic.
Though young Boxers can be a little hyperactive, they are not difficult to trained and they enjoy the attention. Once trained and socialized, Boxers will thrive in active households and can get along very well with kids. Guardians by nature, Boxers are naturally protective of their families, especially children.
2. YORKSHIRE TERRIER
The Yorkshire Terrier is a great “starter dog” for those who want a little lap dog. However, you must be attentive to the grooming needs of this breed. Yorkies have continuously growing hair that must be brushed and trimmed regularly. If you have the time and budget for regular groomer visits, it will be fairly simple to keep your Yorkie in good condition. The Yorkie has moderate energy level and only needs basic exercise. Daily walks are great for this breed.
Yorkies also need a solid foundation of training. Without structure, these little dogs can be stubborn and vocal. Trian your Yorkie as you would train a big dog. This will help strengthen the bond between you and lay down boundaries. The Yorkie will be your friend for life. This breed is affectionate towards its owner and may even act protective around strangers.
3. BICHON FRISE
The Bichon Frise is a happy -go-lucky little dog that looks a bit like a bouncy cotton ball. This breed is an all-around great companion. Bichons are fairly easy to train and adapt well to any lifestyle. Be sure to dedicate the time and money to regular groomer visits. This breed has a curly coat that must be trimmed regularly and brushed carefully. For a lower maintenance coat, keep your Bichon’s hair trimmed short.
The Bichon is a great dog for families with children or apartment living. Daily basic exercise is enough to keep this breed happy and healthy.
4. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular and recognizable medium-large dog breeds. Labs are deeply loyal and affectionate dogs that form close bonds with their families. This breed is active, playful and smart. Labs thrive in active, households that can provide plenty of exercise and training. Labs love to learn and can be trained to do almost anything. You can play fetch for hours or go for a run with your Lab, then end the busy day snuggling on the couch.
Without plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, Labs may get bored and act out, especially during their younger years. Labs also tend to love all food and can easily become overweight if you are not careful. Fortunately, they only have minor grooming needs. Brush your Lab regularly to minimize shedding. If you take good care of your Lab, you will have a happy, loveable companion for life. Labs adapt well to most environments and are excellent with kids.
Don’t let the diminutive frame of this dog food you. The Papillon is a hardy little dog that enjoys a somewhat active lifestyle. This cutie can be both your lap dog and exercise partner. The Papillon does not need a lot of exercise but does enjoy a chance to play and run around. The breed is easy to train and requires only moderate grooming.
This happy, friendly and adaptable dog breed can do well in a variety of households. The Papillon even gets along well with children, but kids must be gentle with this petite dog.
The Pomeranian is a dainty and sweet little lap dog. This breed is bright and moderately active with a big fluffy coat. Fortunately, this coat is not as high-maintenance as it looks. Regular brushing is generally all you need to keep your Pom looking good. Daily basic exercise is generally enough to keep your Pom happy.
Poms need basic training to provide structure and boundaries. Without training, the breed’s feisty and stubborn side may come out. Fortunately, they respond well to consistent, positive training and will thrive because of it. The Pom often bonds closest to a single owner but can still do well in families. This breed is better with gentle older kids but can adapt to many situations.
The poodle is a well-known, popular and versatile dog breed. This breed is available in three sizes: Toy, Miniature or Standard. All are very intelligent dogs that respond well to training. The poodle needs to be groomed regularly to maintain the curly, continuously growing coat.
Poodles are very energetic dogs, they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. With proper care, you are likely to find this breed to be a wonderful companion. The Poodle is very adaptable to its environment and can do very well in a variety of households, including those with children.
8. CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet affectionate dog with a puppy-like appearance. This breed is small but not tiny and has a gentle demeanor. The Cavalier’s moderate energy level means basic daily exercise is typically enough to maintain health. Despite a medium-length coat, this dog’s grooming needs are basic. Regular brushing is important to avoid tangles in the hair.
The Cavalier needs basic training and responds to it well. This dog is elegant, attentive and generally quiet. Cavaliers can thrive in all kinds of households and tend to get along well with children of all ages.
9. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
The Golden Retriever is the quintessential family dog. This medium-large dog is happy, loyal, affectionate and active. Goldens are smart and adaptable dogs that can thrive in most households. The breed does need regular brushing to keep its coat free of tangles and mats. Goldens also need a good amount of exercise to keep them in good physical condition and prevent boredom. Training is essential but not difficult. They love to learn and can be trained to do a number of things.
Gold Retrievers are eager to please and love spending time with their families. They are excellent with children of all ages. It’s no wonder this is one of the world’s most popular dogs!
MIXED BREED DOGS
When considering which breed is right for you, it’s important to remember mixed-breed dogs. These one-of-a-kind dogs can make wonderful companions. By adopting a mixed-breed dog, you are also helping to reduce pet overpopulation in shelters.
If you are not sure which breed is right for you or you want a combination of breeds, visit your local shelter or rescue group and meet some adorable mutts. Workers can help you find a dog with the traits you desire. Training, exercise, and grooming are necessary for all dogs, but the needs of a mixed-breed dog will vary based on its unique makeup.
Did the dog you were thinking about make the list? If these 10 dogs aren’t what you are looking for make sure you do your research. Knowing a dog’s characteristics and personality beforehand will be a helpful process not only for you but the dog as well. We here at The Ark wish you the best luck on your dog hunt. Remember to stop by any of The Ark locations to pick up supplies before you get your pet. Slobberbones carries all types of dog foods, toys, and treats that will be perfect for your new addition. Also, be sure to sign your new pup up for doggy daycare. The first day is always FREE and we offer great daycare packages that can save you money! Who doesn’t like the sound of that?!
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