Posted on Feb 24th 2021
Are you looking for a new canine companion to join your family? Getting a dog is an exciting prospect for families, especially those with young children. And while there are hundreds of breeds and mixes out there to choose from, we recommend taking a close look at the most popular breeds (according to the American Kennel Club) chosen by American families over the years.
Voted as America’s “number one dog” since 1999, the Labrador Retriever is a familiar pup. Whether you’ve seen one running in the dog park or bounding across the big screen, these dogs are easily recognizable. A medium-to-large sized dog, Labrador Retrievers come in a variety of colors, from blonde to chocolatey brown. With big, sweet eyes and an expressive face, these dogs can make anyone’s heart melt. Friendly, active, and outgoing, Labrador Retrievers make excellent adventure companions. This is the “all-American” dog that bonds dearly with all family members, loves to play and promises a forever-friendship.
Often referred to as the “police dog,” German Shepherds are known for their poised and confident demeanor. Large and muscular, German Shepherds make quite an impressive sight and act as excellent guard dogs. With proper training, German Shepherds are an excellent choice for a family companion. This breed is highly intelligent, which is why they are often selected as police academy canines. Originally bred as a sheepherder, this dog loves to exercise - ideal family adventures include: long daily walks, frisbee in the dog park, fetch in the backyard.
With a coat that looks like it was spun of gold and the sweetest face, it's no surprise that Golden Retrievers find themselves on the “most popular” list year after year. This is a friendly and devoted breed that easily fits into the family dynamic. As a highly intelligent and active dog, Golden Retrievers need lots of exercise. The usual walk in the park won't cut it, so low-key families should consider a different breed.
The French Bulldog has become increasingly popular since 2017, especially among city-dwelling singles and families. This tiny canine is unmistakable, thanks to its large, batlike ears and adorably smushed face. Happy, friendly, and always excited to meet new human friends, the French Bulldog is an irresistible breed. An excellent choice for families that live in cities, have small children, or don’t have too much time to spend at the dog park. French Bulldogs don’t need high levels of activity like other breeds on this list - a brisk daily walk shall suffice.
Like a bigger version of the French Bulldog, the Bulldog is also adored for his quirky look. With a squashed snout, silly underbite, and plenty of wrinkles, this breed is known for its incredible “ugly-cuteness.” Friendly and loyal, Bulldogs are calm companions that simply enjoy the presence of their human family. Although they do love to lounge about and relax at home, Bulldogs need moderate exercise. A daily walk or quick play-session in the park will keep your pal happy, healthy and trim.
Bringing a new dog home is exciting. With love, care, and plenty of attention, your new four-legged pal will become a loyal member of your family. The best start to a healthy dog-family relationship is with professional puppy training. Beginning training as soon as possible ensures the development of a positive bond and the quick correction of problem behaviors. In addition to training, love, and care, it’s important to ensure your pal is getting adequate exercise. Before choosing a highly active breed, take some time to consider the activity level of your family.
No matter the breed you choose, a dog is a great addition to your family!