One of the biggest decisions you face when deciding whether to get a dog, is what breed to ultimately go for. Whilst it might not matter to some owners, every breed is different and with it will come a variance in behaviour, energy, physical characteristics and care requirements.
We’ve picked 5 top breeds for the new dog owner that fit well within the above criteria for ease of care, not only with training but with health and general behaviour as well. The breeds listed are, for the most part, relatively small in size and considered good with children making them perfect additions to the family home.
1. Bichon Frise.
The Bichon Frise was originally bred for use as a lap dog from other existing breeds, and was often used for circus performing due to its general astute intelligence that trumps most others too. Commonly referred to as simple the ‘Bichon’, you’ll find yours incredibly quick in working out what is being required of it during training and it is one of the easiest small breeds to train.
It’s intelligence can also be a problem, as without much mental stimulation they can often misbehave out of boredom or lack of attention. It’s the perfect family dog and will receive all the attention and activity it requires in the home from all members of the family. The overall behaviour of the breed is generally very affectionate and docile with a pleasant and friendly disposition.
Like most dogs, they require regular upkeep, but with the Bichon a quick ten minute grooming session a day in the form of brushing to keep their soft hair springy and fluffy will usually suffice. Moreover, they are one of the few breeds able to live alongside allergy sufferers without too much of a problem. They amount they malt is incredibly small, and when they do, it comes out in small cotton-like clumps – easy to pick up from carpets, limiting the amount of hair and dander throughout the home.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most easily recognizable breeds on our list. Not to be confused with the ‘King Charles Spaniel’ which has a flatter face, It is famed for its docile and loyal nature as well as it’s ease of care.
The breed requires regular brushing and grooming just as most other breeds and it makes a welcome addition to the family home. The perfect lap dog, ideal for a family with small children or more senior owners who wish for loyal companionship, this breed will fit into most household scenarios. One or two walks around the block a day is perfect for this calm dog, giving it a chance to stretch its legs.
Developed predominantly at the end of the 17th century, the breed has a rich history leading to the gentle and friendly dog it is today. Your Cavalier should have no issue sharing a home with other well behaved and friendly dogs or pets, including cats. It should also be warm and happy to greet strangers making it a better house dog than any form of guard dog.
Overall, this breed has a very high ease of care, not only with training but in it’s daily requirements of simple exercise and low levels of brushing.
Whilst not a pedigree, this relatively new ‘designer’ cross breed has caused quite a stir. From parents of a ‘Pug’ and ‘Beagle’ the ‘Puggle’ offers an attractive and friendly mix of the two breeds. Pugs can often suffer from respiratory problems, and this has all but been eradicated by mixing with the Beagle to create a dog that still offers all of the cute attributes of a pug without the health issues.
‘Designer Dogs’ have become quite the rage, and the Puggle breed itself has developed into a popular choice for dog owners for an easy breed that doesn’t suffer from ailments that affect the dog from the breeds at its roots.
Grooming for this breed is minimal, and a single quick brush down a week should be more than sufficient. As will all dogs, it will require daily walking and you should not be shy to put the puggle through its paces. Letting it run around large safe open spaces to tire out is a perfect way for it to let off any energy
The puggle offers great intelligence, partly from it’s Beagle heritage and will be quick to pick up any training taught to it. It is a perfect all rounder, great for families and for the perfect first dog due its outgoing nature, charming temperament and balanced energy levels as it can keep up with the rough and tough demanding energy of children.
Beautiful in name as it is in nature and apperance, the Papillon is well suited for our list and the name ‘Papillon’ means Butterfly in reference to the symetrical butterfly look of the ears.
They make a great lap dog with bright and happy personalities, and have high energy levels that require frequent walks at least once a day. They’ll require regular grooming and brushing to keep their coats fresh and fine. Their small size, also makes them no burden on the family home.
The Papillon has one of the longest life spans of domestic dogs, with some reportedly living well into the later teen years. Providing the owner can offer the dog a reasonable walk, adequate play and training, the Papillon would be a good companion for the senior dog keeper.
5. Boston Terrier
Ranked as one of the most popular pedigrees in the US several years running, it’s no wonder this dog has made it onto our top 5 list. The breed itself is relatively new in terms of history and development, only being recognized as it’s own breed in the 1890′s.
Despite being bred at first for fighting, and like almost all terriers – rodent and pest control, the temperament of the breed is considerably friendly and makes a rewarding breed for companionship.
A highly intelligent breed, usually with an active and chipper personality to match, the Boston Terrier makes a welcome addition to the family unit and is very good with keeping up with children.
It’s upkeep in terms of coat and grooming and low giving it a very high ease of care. Its limited demands are regular walks, and general dog care making it a perfect all rounder.