The decision to become a pet parent for the first time is quite the big decision. It comes with a lot of responsibility, it requires a lot of patience, caring, love and understanding. Dogs are a humans best friend as they say. Why? Because they love unconditionally. They will be your pal, your partner and your confident for life.
A key thing to understand, I believe when it comes to being a pet owner is to know the following. A pet may be part of your life, but you are a pets whole life. That means that dogs experience in life, is you as its owner and you get to dictate how amazing a life they have!
When it comes to dogs there are certain breeds that are much easier going, have calmer personalities and are easier trained. These are the breeds that are best for first time pet parents and owners.
So, with being said lets have a K9 conversation about some of the best dog breed for first time owners!
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Small Sized Dogs For First Time Pet Owners
Smaller sized dogs are best for people living in apartments or small living spaces, want a dog they can pick up and carry around easily. Generally speaking, smaller dogs eat less food, which in turn effects cost of the food for your pet. They can be easier to manage their hair, easier to bathe at home and easier to travel with on road trips.
The top 5 small dogs for first time owners:
One of the easiest going and mild tempered dogs you can find. Take them for a quick walk, maybe a short run or game of fetch, hit the sofa and watch some TV and your bulldog will be happy. They are affectionate and friendly, great with kids and like to play. Although their energy is short lived, once they have had enough fun, they love a nice long nap!
Nick named the “American Gentlemen” because of their tuxedo like hair coloring & patterns, these dogs are great for first time dog owners. They don’t drool much, shed very little, are easy to groom and are friendly dogs. They have high energy levels, love to play and are generally easy to train.
Tons of personality and affectionate are the main traits of this dog. They love attention and affection, are easy to groom and easy to train. They can be fragile, so they are best suited for new dog owners who have kids over 8 years of age.
Highly intelligent, affectionate and tolerate kids well. They have a natural herding tendency so when kids are playing they will try and get involved and may nip. They tolerate being left alone, but do require daily exercise and have can overindulge, so watch the food intake.
Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
Huge personalities! These dogs are great companions, are very active and interactive. Their hair type makes grooming them not the easiest, but they shed very little. They can be noisy and can be difficult to house train, so they require some extra patience.
Medium to Large Dogs For First Time Owners and Pet Parents.
Larger dogs generally need more room to exercise and live. They take up more space and generally eat more food. So for our larger dogs, its best to have a home or town home with a yard, or the time to go frequently to a large dog park for them to run and have fun
Top 5 larger dogs for first time pet owners:
Similar to the Saint Berdoodle, this time mixing a poodle with a Labrador, these dogs are hypo-allergenic and a great family dog & therapy dog. These dogs are happy curled up with their human on the couch, but happy to go outside and play at a moments notice. Lastly a great dog for first time dog owners with kids!
Wrapping Up The Best Dogs For First Time Pet Owners
When it comes to being a dog owner for the first time, there are many things to learn and experiences to have. Dogs are fantastic companions and add so much value to our lives. We highly recommended rescuing or adopting your pet. There are so many in need of loving homes, and they will reward you with years of love and loyalty.