Getting Your First Dog? Here’s How to Find the Best Breed for You
So you’ve decided to take the leap and become a dog owner.
Welcome to the club. Now you just need to find the right breed. Since you’re
new to this whole pet parent thing, believe us when we say you don’t want a dog who may take more time and energy to train, care for or socialize than you have to give. No one wants to be forced to
return a dog to a breeder or rescue, because he wasn’t a good fit.
Check out our photo gallery below to help you choose a breed. We reveal the best breeds, the more challenging breeds and the breed characteristics that might be a good match for your lifestyle. And remember, dog breeds are individuals, so you can’t assume that caring for a Golden Retriever will be a walk in the park or that a Rottweiler will be too overprotective.
Get a Breed That Tends to Be Easier to Manage
The veterinary experts also shared the dogs they think aren't good choices for inexperienced owners. Many of these are working dogs who were bred to hunt big game or guard property, often making them a challenge for rookies. Others may be prone to health issues or need more daily exercise than you can provide. So if you have your heart set on a Bulldog, Dalmatian or Siberian Husky, for example, you should know you may be in for a tougher time. View the survey results to see which breeds and mixes you should probably avoid the first time around.
If You Prefer Small Dogs, Here Are Some to Consider and Some to Avoid
But just because a dog is small doesn't mean he's easier to care for, train or manage than a larger one. Some small breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Corgis, can be nuisance barkers, difficult to house-train or wary toward strangers. Here's a list of the worst small dogs for new owners, according to veterinary experts.
If You Prefer Big Dogs, Here Are Some to Consider and Some to Avoid
Of course, thanks to their sheer strength and power, some large dogs can knock you over, destroy your home out of boredom and be difficult to control. You may dream of owning a German Shepherd or Weimaraner, but if you don't know what you're doing, living with one of these breeds can be overwhelming. Novice owners should probably steer clear of these large dog breeds.
If You Want a Friendly Dog, Here Are Some You Might Like
Take a look at our photo gallery to learn about Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and other breeds who usually want to be your buddy.
Would You Like a More Laid-Back Dog Breed? Here Are Some to Consider
Active first-time owners will probably appreciate a dog who has the energy to run, play fetch and go hiking. But those high-energy dogs can also be high strung. Canines like Border Collies and Jack Russell Terriers can become bored and destructive if they don't get enough exercise and stimulation. For your first pooch, it's probably a good idea to avoid these five very energetic dogs.