So you’re seeking a dog, and aren’t sure what breed is right for you. Maybe you’re a first-time dog owner, or perhaps you’re a couch potato. Learn how to find the right dog for your lifestyle and level of experience with a pet below.
As Vetstreet points out, a dog that’s trendy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. When 218 veterinary professionals were asked which the most popular dog breeds and mixes were best for first-time dog owners, they listed Pomeranians as one possible breed. Another is the Shetland Sheepdog, although this breed might try to herd family members.
Yorkshire terriers are another cuddly option for first-time dog owners, as is the exceptionally loving little Maltese. The adorable pug also is a winner, with lots of hug-power for couch potatoes who don’t want to be jogging around with a dog. Shih tzus are known to be sweethearts, while papillons are bright.
And don’t forget about the Boston terrier. These little dogs are both portable and perky. Bichon Frise dogs and Cavalier King Charles spaniels also are high on the list of good choices for first-time dog owners. But what if you love to stay active, from jogging to hiking? Say hello to the Labrador retriever, who will happily run right by your side. Rounding off the list of good choices for first time dog owners are poodles and Golden Retrievers.