Choosing a family dog

With so many breeds to choose from, you are bound to find a dog who will suit your lifestyle and requirements. While some people prefer an active dog as a jogging partner, other people need a dog who can adapt to townhouse living. In this article, we take a look at three potential family dogs.

If you want a dog for a family with small children, you’ll need one who will enjoy the children’s company as much as being the adults’ companion. You’ll need a dog who will run and play, or chill out when the family is having quiet time. Always remember to supervise small children with dogs, and educate them from early on about how to treat a dog with respect. Children need to learn the responsibilities of pet ownership.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is such a patient and gentle dog. He’s always up for a game and will spend hours romping outdoors with the children. These dogs are highly intelligent, learn fast and want to be everyone’s best friend, making them ideal family dogs.

Group: Gundog

Origin: Great Britain

Life expectancy: 13-15 years

Characteristics: A highly intelligent dog with a charming character and excellent with children. Devoted, trustworthy and loves the outdoors and an active lifestyle.


Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a popular breed all over the world. They’re easy-going, friendly and affectionate, and keep their puppy-like nature into their second or third year. Both Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are used as service and therapy dogs due to their loving nature.

Group: Gundog

Origin: Great Britain

Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Characteristics: A loving and affectionate dog with loads of patience with children and adults. He is social, intelligent and versatile. He loves water and swimming.


Rough Collie

If you want a dog for the family where the older children can partake in the grooming sessions, then consider a Rough Collie. Who doesn’t remember the loving-natured dog in the film, Lassie? This dog is devoted to the family, shows great courage and just loves playing with children.

Group: Herding

Origin: Great Britain

Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Characteristics: This dog is friendly, active and intelligent. He enjoys close human companionship and is sensitive to the needs of the family. A loyal and well-behaved dog.

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