How to Choose the Right Dog for Your Family

Choosing a dog for your family is a big decision! As a new family member, your pup will need to get along with everyone, so it’s important to make sure you pick a breed that fits your family's lifestyle.

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Choosing the right dog for your family means researching and making an informed decision.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right dog for your household and ensure they are the right fit for your family.


One of the first things you'll want to consider when choosing a dog is size. If you live in a small apartment, you might want to consider a smaller breed like a Chihuahua or Toy Poodle. On the other hand, if you have plenty of space for your pup to roam around and stay active, a larger breed like a Golden Retriever or Labrador might be a better fit. Think about your lifestyle and how much space you have for a new furry friend before making your decision.

Energy or Activity Level

Another important factor to consider when it comes to your new furry family member is their overall energy or activity level. Some dogs need lots of exercise, while others are content with just a few walks around the block or lounging at home. If you're an active person who likes to go on hikes or runs, you'll probably want a dog with high energy that can keep up with you.

Breeds like Labrador Retrievers and Border Collies are great choices for active families. However, if you prefer a more low-key lifestyle, breeds like Basset Hounds, French Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus might be better suited for you. Think about your family's activity level and choose a dog with a similar energy level.

Breed Temperament

Every breed is different and there are hundreds of different dog breeds to choose from, so it is important to do your research before making a decision. Where some dogs are bred for hunting or guarding, others are bred for companionship. If you have young children, choosing a breed with a calm and gentle temperament is best.

But temperament isn’t just about breed – individual dogs can have different personalities, so it's important to spend some time getting to know the dog before bringing them home.


If anyone in your family has allergies, it’s important to consider this before bringing a new dog into the house. Some breeds are known to shed less and have less dander, making them better options for people with allergies. These include breeds such as Poodles, Schnauzers, and Bichon Frises.


Age is also an important consideration when choosing a dog. Puppies require more care than older dogs, which includes potty training, shots, and usually puppy school. If you aren’t ready for the extra responsibility that comes with owning a puppy, an adult or senior dog may be a better option for you. Keep in mind that older pets may come with their own set of dog health issues that will require extra care and attention.


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There are many loving dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted by your family.

Of course, you'll also need to think about how much money you're willing to spend on your new furry friend. Purebred dogs typically cost more than mixed breeds, and certain breeds require more grooming than others, which can add up over time. Before making your final decision, be sure to do your research and find out how much it will cost to care for the type of dog you're interested in.


Lastly, don't forget to consider adoption! There are many loving dogs in shelters and rescue organizations waiting for their forever homes. Adopting a dog not only saves them from being euthanized, but it also often costs less than purchasing one from a breeder. It's a win-win situation for both you and your new furry friend.

Choosing the right dog for your family is an important decision, and we hope this list helps you narrow down the field and choose the perfect pooch for your family!

Remember, there's no such thing as the "perfect" dog—the best dog is the one that's right for YOU. So take your time, do your research, and most importantly, have fun picking your new family member!

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