Date Published: November 16, 2014, Updated: February 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm, Author: admin
Not every dog is good for any situation. If your kids have been begging for a puppy for Christmas for a few years now, and you’ve finally decided to cave, here are a few suggestions for the perfect puppy for Christmas.
1. Golden Retrievers – These guys do best when they have lots of space to run. As the name suggests, they like to chase/retrieve things. Keeping them fenced in is probably best when they are young; however, they are easily trainable. Be aware that these guys are definitely prone to shedding though, and will require lots of brushing and a good vacuum.
2. Labrador Retrievers – This breed has been ranked number one dog in America for years. They do well just about anywhere, although they do prefer the open air of a rural neighborhood. Historically they were trained as hunting companions. If you are a family that loves to camp, hike, and be outdoors these guys will definitely be your best friend. They have shorter hair too so they are easier to clean up after a weekend away.
3. Beagle – If your kids have lots of energy, the Beagle is a great choice. Compact enough for the kids to be comfortable with and enough energy to drive you crazy, the Beagle makes a great companion for tweens or teens that need a little responsibility. They will be able to keep up with their energy as well.
4. Brussels Griffon – This breed is great for families with both small kids and seniors living under the same roof. They need daily activity, but not intensive. They are cuddlers and are a smaller breed so that small children and grandparents won’t feel threatened.
5. Pug – This is our choice for city dwellers. Their compact size allows for them to be okay with living in small spaces. These dogs are people lovers and prefer to be with their caretakers at all times. They also don’t require a lot of grooming or exercise.
6. Bulldog – These guys are sturdy – great for kids, but slow and not too rambunctious, good for the grown-up family They can live in a small apartment or large home without causing too much trouble, are easy to groom, and quite loveable.
7. Bull Terrier – This may be the most intelligent dog on the list so far. This little guy has been called the “baby sitter of yesteryear”. He is intelligent, energetic and friendly. The bull terrier requires lots of play time, but is gentle with small children and can be a great first family pet.
8. Collie – Easily trainable, loveable and lives to make his human happy. The collie, much like lassie, is a friend to everyone. He is intelligent and able to herd your kids, at least while they are young. He can also be trained to warn you of fire, or simply remind you that you forgot your lunch when you’re leaving for work. The collie does require some grooming.
9. Newfoundland – This breed is probably one of the biggest on the list, but he is a giant furball of love. He has been dubbed “Nature’s Nanny” and does best with lots of space. However, this loveable fur ball will thrive wherever his family is. This breed sheds a lot and is prone to drool so be aware of this when considering him for your next family pet.
10. Standard Poodle – Miniature poodles are high strung and not good for families with small children, but standard poodles are perfect. They are energetic, and playful, but small enough to help even the most frightened children feel comfortable around it. Additionally, they shed very lightly, so they are great for families with allergies.
Irish Settler, Vizsla, Mutt. Purchasing a full breed dog can be expensive, so don’t rule out the mutt, found at your local animal shelter. These dogs can be just as loving and kind as many of the breeds listed above. Try taking your kids with you to see how they handle children, or talking to the shelter owner to see if they work well with children. These mix breeds can be top notch dogs for your family to love and care for for many years to come.