Thinking about getting your first dog? You may have had a dog as a child but being a first time dog ‘owner’ is a big responsibility and quite frankly a whole different kettle of, well, dog!
Just like people, dogs are individuals and can differ greatly in personalities and needs. While there are certainly no bad dog breeds, there are some dog breeds that might be better suited to first time owners.
Here are some great dog breeds for first time owners:
Wrinkly, stocky and with a short-muzzled face, this little bundle of the toy dog breed has an incredible ‘large’ personality. They love being around humans and are devoted to their owner.
Learn more about Pugs
Simply put these dogs are gentle, white, fluffy balls of love. They not only love and thrive in human company, they need it. This happy, playful and friendly breed does wonderfully well with children and other pets too and are a good choice for first time dog owners. Learn more about Bichon Frise
Cavalier King Charles
The ultimate ‘cute’ dog and one of Australia’s favourite pedigreed breed, this big eyed and soft floppy eared dog is affectionate, complaint and good with children and other pets. They are eager to please and enjoy companionship. Learn more about Cavalier King Charles
Golden Retrievers are known to be some of the most affectionate dogs around and could well be in the running for Man’s Best ‘Best Friend’. Mostly honey coloured and one of the world’s favourite family breed, they are obedient, easy to train, gentle with kids and other pets.
Learn more about Golden Retrievers
Greyhounds are an irony personified – while they epitomize speed and are known for their high-energy and sprinting abilities, they are at heart, a laid-back, quiet and charming couch potato. Learn more about Greyhounds
If you have visions of spending many a cosy afternoon with a Papillion napping on your lap, banish the thought – your extroverted buddy will be flitting around mingling with the family (looking for a cuddle) or chasing small animals that have worked their way into your yard. Learn more about Papillion
Poodles make for intelligent and joyful companions. You might like the thought of a lovely kennel in your yard but Poodles are not so keen on outdoor living – they love human companionship and love being with their owner. Learn more about Poodles
If your Shetland Sheepdog could contest ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, you’d be laughing your way to the bank. One of the most intelligent breeds and eager to please, they are easy to train, obeying first-time commands 95% of the time. Learn more about Shetland Sheepdogs
Being good-natured, friendly and affectionate, the Labrador is a relatively large-sized breed and has a reputation of being an excellent family pet. Patient with children they are very loyal and love being around the family. Learn more about Labradors
Finding the right puppy or dog to fit into your family is essential for your happiness as well as theirs. When deciding on your first dog, consider your living space, exercise and cost options around what will suit your lifestyle. You can learn more about different dog breeds through our Breed List.