One of the key factors to consider when inviting a new dog into your family is choosing the right breed for your lifestyle. Here’s our handy guide to five of the most popular dog breeds that were welcomed into Australian homes in 2016.


German Shepherd

If you want a bodyguard and a best friend the German Shepherd could be one of the dog breeds for you.

Bred for herding and commonly used as guard dogs due to their high level of intelligence, German Shepherds make great pets for active households. With a large frame, these dogs also benefit from large spaces with an enclosed yard. Regular training is needed for a well-behaved, sociable pet and, because they’re so clever, they need mental and physical stimulation daily.


Labrador Retriever

An all-round ray of sunshine and with a reputation for being an excellent family pet, no wonder the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia!

Good-natured, friendly, and affectionate, the Labrador is a medium-to-large-sized breed and is patient with children and trusting with strangers too. They are very loyal and love being around the family. These friendly fellows love to chew and often follow their nose, taking off at any smell.


Staffordshire Bull Terrier

An all-or-nothing kind of dog, Staffordshire Bull Terriers give their all when it comes to love, play or work.

Don’t get misled by their muscular features though, as they are very people-friendly and happy, even with strangers. As far as children go, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s reputation is second to none. Other dogs love them too, making them one of the best dog breeds in Australia for families with more than one pet.

Golden retriever puppy

Golden Retriever

Not only are they one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia, but Golden Retrievers are beloved around the world for their gentle and affectionate demeanour.

Easy to train and very sociable towards people and other pets, this breed is a great option for first-time dog owners or as a family pet. Golden Retrievers require a moderate amount of exercise and love to play fetch and swim. As one of the most intelligent breeds, Golden Retrievers respond well to positive training and will soon be following all your cues!


Border Collie

Border Collie is a very active dog and is sure to keep you on your toes.

Bred for herding sheep, they are a highly intelligent breed, known for their tenacity and obedience. A happy Border Collie requires regular interaction, play and training. On the plus side, they will be high-fiving you in no time at all – when they’re not running rings around you with energy to burn. They thrive on regular exercise, so daily walks and games of fetch will keep them stimulated. This breed is most suitable for people who have plenty of time to spend with their new furry family member.

Which dog breed is best for you?

Is one of these popular dog breeds the perfect fit for you? Or are you not sure which breed to get? Use our Dog Breed Selector to determine which dog breeds are most suitable for your lifestyle and preferences.

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