Do you love dogs? If you’re not allergic, love soft fur, and fall for big round eyes easily, the answer is probably yes. If you have a family, you’ve likely heard your kids begging and pleading for a new pup; this can be a great opportunity to teach kids care-giving skills and responsibility. You might ask yourself, which breed should I choose? While all dogs deserve love, there are some breeds that simply stand out from the rest. Here is a list to look at the next time you’re in the market for a best friend for you and your family:
There are multiple varieties of Labrador retrievers, like black, golden, or chocolate. Whichever color you choose, you’re sure to have a best friend for life. These lovely dogs are the most popular in America, with over 18,000 registered dogs bringing joy nationwide, every day. Labs are a high energy dog, extremely loyal and friendly, they make a great family dog. Labs enjoy fetching since they were bred originally to retrieve prey that hunters shot down. However, a ball or Frisbee will do fine in a pinch, so get your kids outside with this dog and watch them wear each other out.
How can you not love a big, goofy golden? Silly, large, and beautiful, Goldens are a classic example of an all-American dog. Golden Retrievers, like the Labrador, are extremely high-energy, requiring at least 80 minutes of activity every day. If you have a big family, lots of kids or an active lifestyle, a Golden Retriever might be the perfect fit for you; just make sure you have a tennis ball ready for their arrival!
The addition of a Morkie might surprise you on this list, but the combination of Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese makes for a small, friendly lapdog that will take you by storm. Morkie puppies are described as energetic, loving, and extremely attached to their owners. If you want your family members to gain a great companionship with a loving animal, there is no better choice than the Morkie. Be warned, Morkies are famous for their stubbornness, so if you enjoy a loyal, fierce little challenge, the Morkie might be your next best friend.
Ah, the pug. So ugly, and yet so lovable. Pugs are absolutely exploding in popularity, with a 32 out of 193 rank in popularity. The reasons are simple: Pugs are adorable. The breed has no real purpose in terms of retrieving or herding, but their mushed little faces and lovable, goofy nature will convert you quickly. In addition, if a high activity level turns you or your kids off, rejoice: Pugs positively love naps! Because of their extremely flat face, they often have respiratory issues, so before you get your Pug, make sure you’re prepared to deal with the issues of breathing and lung health. Otherwise, this little guy or gal would be a perfect addition to your family.
Beagles are intelligent, crave attention, and are super cute for good measure. These dogs require tons of human interaction, so be prepared if you decide to choose this pup as a new companion. They are also super cunning, as a result of their super-smell and high intelligence level, they might bolt if they get a whiff of something interesting. But with a face like that, how could you stay mad? Joking aside, consider the lovable beagle as your next family member, because they will love you and your kids for as long as you live.
All dogs are amazing, and all dogs deserve a forever home. When you next consider a new family member, consider these breeds and what they have to offer. Of course, this list is just a suggestion for dog-searchers, so if you can’t find a place for these pups, remember that there is always another dog out there that needs your family’s love and affection.