[First published: 19 Sep 2017, Last updated: 19 Sep 2019]
With over 300 dog breeds in the world, have you ever wondered what the best dog breed for your family is? There are many factors when considering which dog to get – trainability, temperament and activity requirements just to name a few.
On top of that, everyone also has their own subjective criteria when choosing a dog, like the size of the dog or how fluffy their fur is! When choosing a dog, do consider whether you are able to commit and if you are ready to have a new member in your family! Here are 5 dog breeds which we feel are great for families or first-time dog owners, and we hope that it would help you make a more informed decision when you do decide to get one.
Introducing the Labrador Retriever. Look familiar? Well, that’s because it’s been featured in many movies including the critically-acclaimed “Marley And Me”. Its cheerful, tail-wagging nature make it an easy choice for families with small children and its friendliness is also not limited to just people, but also to other dogs. It is no wonder it’s not only ranked the most popular dog in the U.S., but also first on our list!
Many Labradors are considered to be more conservative with their affection, so they’re perfect for those of you who want a furry companion who isn’t overzealous. One setback you may encounter with labs is their tendency to chew on objects.
In addition to their personality, Labs are also relatively easy to take care of; requiring minimal grooming with their short easy-care coat. With their eagerness to please as well as their responsiveness to training, it is no wonder they’re a favourite among dog owners.
Ranked as the 2nd most popular dog in the U.S., their friendly and tolerant attitude make the Golden Retriever the second most family-friendly dog on our list! These dogs are people-pleasers; they’d would do anything for just a bit of praise or some food. Their even-tempered and well-behaved nature also make them a breeze to train, making them a popular choice for service and therapy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are social dogs. They adore people and thrive on companionship. Owners are advised not to leave them alone for too long, as they may develop separation anxiety, which could lead to destructive chewing. Nonetheless, their cute appearance coupled with their warm and friendly persona make them amongst the most popular choices for first-time family dog owners!
A cross between a Poodle and Labrador Retriever, the Labradoodle possesses traits commonly displayed by both breeds! The Labradoodle is intelligent, friendly, affectionate and of course, very loyal. On top of that, it is also very easy to train and has a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning that it is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction amongst pet parents! Grooming for Labradoodles are relatively easy as well. Labradoodles are moderately active and we would recommend setting aside at least 2 hours each day of physical activity. Labradoodles also require some attention from their family! Should they be left alone for long periods of time, they may get frustrated and vent that frustration on furniture or other household items. Maybe you could consider a pair of them, for company!
Toy poodles are amongst the most popular in Singapore, and it isn’t hard to see why. Don’t be fooled by their cute expressions! Poodles are in fact one of the smartest and most trainable of all breeds. A “thinking” dog who pays utmost attention to its owner, it is also a quick learner and is highly responsive to positive training methods. In order to be happy, these dogs do best with some regular mental stimulation in their routine.
On top of that, their polite and non-aggressive nature make them excellent family dogs especially with little ones in the house. Because of their lively and active nature, these dogs require regular exercise! They may also need some attention as they are highly “soft” and sensitive dogs. Your furry pal may flinch if they’re startled with a sudden loud sound or are unexpectedly touched. They may also get emotionally upset if there’s too much activity or conflict in the household. I mean, they’re peace-loving balls of love!
Originally bred as a pack hunter, we would recommend regular walks and outdoor activities for your Beagle. And don’t worry, their sturdy build means they’re never too tired to play games! Beagles do, however, shed a lot and may require frequent brushing and bathing. You can check out our full range of dog grooming products here to make grooming your Beagle a simple task!
A Special Mention for Singapore Specials
Now, you may have noticed that all 5 of our featured dog breeds are pedigree dogs. However, mongrels; affectionately called Singapore Specials locally, are just as adorable and able to provide us the same amount of love. They come in all sizes, and personalities. Best of all, you don’t have to shell out a huge amount of money for them, because there are lots waiting for loving homes in shelters and foster homes.
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Most Singapore Specials are of a medium to large size, and are not allowed to be legally kept in public housing in Singapore. However, with the huge emphasis over the past few years to encourage adoption of dogs in need of homes, steps have been actively taken to help allow them find homes all over our little island.
The solution to getting a big dog in a HDB!
If you’re considering adopting a Singapore Special, you’ll be happy to know that there’s currently a special initiative, Project ADORE (ADOption and REhoming of dogs), which gives our larger canine friends a legal chance of being adopted into families living in HDB flats. There are a number of criteria which have to be met, which you can find out more about here. Alternatively, if you still prefer a pedigree or pedigree cross dog, you can look out for adoption drives hosted by Voices for Animals regularly.
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