Question: What are the best dogs for beginners?
What are the best dogs breeds for beginners/new pet that you can suggest to new pet owners and why. Can you share some general information about what new pet parents should consider when getting a dog and why certain breeds are easier if you’ve never had one before.
The best dog breed for a new pet parent depends on a variety of factors. The best dog for a beginner will have a laid-back, forgiving nature and be relatively easy to train. But you also need to look at things like size, activity level, and grooming needs to determine whether they’d be a good fit for a particular family’s lifestyle.
- Labrador and Golden Retrievers are usually good options. They tend to be kind-hearted and tolerant of mishaps. However, they are large and require a lot of exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy. Their double coats also shed a lot.
- Boxers are similar in size to Labs and Goldens but shed less. They are also very people oriented but have more than their fair share of health problems.
- If you are looking for a smaller dog, a Beagle might be a good option. They are friendly, active, and fun-loving but can be loud.
- Miniature Poodles are of a similar size and have the added benefit of not shedding. Don’t be put off by their upscale reputation—they are playful, smart, and athletic.
- The Newfoundland is a gentle, patient giant that is great with people, as long as you can handle their size and prolific drool and shedding.
More important than a dog’s breed is the personality of the individual dog, which means you should never overlook mutts, particularly those in shelters. Shelter personnel can often give you a good idea of a dog’s personality and help you determine if they might be a good addition to your family.