There is a reason why dogs are called a man’s best friend. They are warm, friendly, intelligent, and loyal. Not only do they add sunshine to your life, they keep you healthy and active. Studies have shown that a dog owner has lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and stronger immune system than that of a non-owner. They help you fight with mental illness like depression and trauma. They help build the immunity of children and keeping them happy and healthy. All these positive effects of a dog, make him an ideal pet for any family, especially young families. We have picked out the best breeds for your family according to their popularity and their characteristics.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranked the Labrador Retriever also known as Labs in short, as the most popular breed of 2016. They have been the most popular breed in the United States for 26 years. Labs are originally from Newfoundland, where they use to help fisherman catch stray fishes and pull in nets.
Labs are very intelligent and are children friendly. They are energetic, low maintenance, very active, playful, and highly adaptable. They have low health issues, and they shed moderately. They are eager to please and can be easily trained.
Ranked #5 on the AKC most popular breeds of 2016, Beagle is a small dog originally from the United Kingdom. They were used by hunters in packs to hunt small foxes and rabbits.
Beagles are friendly, independent, sweet, adaptable, amazing with children, lively, and loving. They are moderately intelligent, have moderate health issues and need good exercise. They are low maintenance and have moderate shredding levels. They are very suitable pets for homes.
Ranked #3 on AKC’s most popular breed of 2016, Golden Retriever is a medium to large size dog originally from the United Kingdom.
They are highly adaptable, friendly, confident, intelligent, reliable, amazing with kids, and playful. They are very active, they need the good amount of exercise, and can be easily trained. They are moderate maintenance and do moderate shedding as well. The only drawback is that they are known to have genetic disorders and diseases, so they need special care and attention towards their health. In spite of their health issues, they are highly suitable pets for the home with young children.
Ranked #2 on AKC’s most popular breed of 2016, German Shepherds are large size dogs first bred in Germany.
They are highly intelligent, loyal, obedient, curious, child-friendly, and highly adaptive. They are moderate maintenance, have low health issues, and very active- they need a lot of exercises. They also shed constantly. They can be trained easily and make a great watchdog. They make an amazing family dog.
Ranked #4 on AKC’s most popular breed of 2016, they are medium sized dogs originating from the United Kingdom and are one of the most recognizable dog breeds.
They are highly adaptable, child-friendly, social, loving, and courageous. The Bulldog is ideal for families who want dogs with relaxed temperament, minimal maintenance, and low exercise. They are a little difficult to train though, and will not be suitable for first-time owners.
Originally from Russia, the Siberian Husky has been ranked #12 on AKC’s most popular breed of 2016.
They are child-friendly, intelligent, independent, outgoing, adaptable, and playful. They have low health issues, moderate maintenance with moderate shedding. They are fairly active and need a good amount of exercise. Due to their independent nature, they are a little difficult to train. They make the suitable family pet.
Originally from Germany, Great Dane is a massive dog with a gentle soul and has been ranked #14 on AKC’s most popular bred of 2016.
They are child-friendly, devoted, intelligent, gentle, and reserved. They are low maintenance with moderate shedding and low exercise needs. They are healthy dogs with low health problems. They are somewhat easy to train and make great watchdogs. They are very shy around other dogs. They are quite surprisingly very mobile for their size and have an easy gait when they run. They make a well-mannered family companion.
The above list is not exhaustive. Also, take into account what is the most popular breed locally and the weather of the area you live in. While welcoming a new pet in the family, keep in mind that they are essentially newborn babies who are dependent on you and need constant care. This is a very serious commitment.