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Dog Breeds for first time owners

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:

Pugs
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

Bichon Frise
Simply put thBichon Friseese 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 Retriever
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

Greyhound
Greyhounde 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

Papillion
If you have visions of spending many a cosy afternoon with a Papillion napping on your lap, banish the Papillionthought – 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

Poodle
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

Shetland Sheepdog
If your ShetlandShetland Sheepdog 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

Labrador Retriever
Being good-natured, friendly and affectionate, the Labrador is a relatively large-sized breedshutterstock_205576408 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.

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:

Pugshutterstock_109276028
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

Bichon Frise
Simply put thBichon Friseese 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 Retriever
Goldenshutterstock_79919302 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

Greyhound
Greyhounds arGreyhounde 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

Papillion
If you have visions of spending many a cosy afternoon with a Papillion napping on your lap, banish the Papillionthought – 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

Poodle
Poodles maPoodleke 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

 

Shetland Sheepdog
If your ShetlandShetland Sheepdog 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

Labrador Retriever
Being good-natured, friendly and affectionate, the Labrador is a relatively large-sized breedshutterstock_205576408 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.

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