The 10 Best Dog Breeds for Families!

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1. Golden Retriever

This friendly breed is the perfect pup for the family! They are very versatile and easy to please. Their even temperament make them great family pets.

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2. Poodle

The Poodle is incredibly smart and easy to train. They love exercise so they are great for an active family!

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3. Bulldog

This breed is very dependable and predictable. They have a sweet spot for children and are very gentle with them!

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4. Labrador Retriever

This breed is very common and easy to find! Labs love being surrounded by people and are generally gentle with children.

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5. Collie

These dogs are great for first time dog owners. They rarely have rebel streaks and are easy to train. Collies are also very smart!

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6. Boxer

The Boxer is an extremely sweet and playful dog. They love spending time with their families and make them their priority!

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6. Beagle

These small dogs are great with kids and love to play! Their small stature make them perfect for handling.

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7. Irish Setter

This breed has a lot of energy to tire out the kids! Plus, they tend to be a friendly breed. They can be a little bit rambunctious at times, but that’s only because they are excitable dogs!

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8. French Bulldog

These pups are great for small living families. They warm up quickly and will become your best friend in no time!

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9. Bernese Mountain Dog

Don’t let this 100 pound dog fool you! They are a big bundle of joy to own. They are specifically known for their gentle nature with children.

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10. Pug

If your family is more layed back, the Pug is the perfect breed for you! These dogs love to snuggle up on the couch.

Why I Love Catahoula Leopard Dogs.

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The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an American dog breed. Originating from the swamps of Louisiana, they get their name from the Catahoula Lake. This breed is used for hunting game and are often called “hog dogs.”

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They have a wide range of coat colors and lengths. Usually, they have a short to medium fur length. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is also commonly known for their “spotted” coat. Some coat colors include:

  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Red Merle
  • Black Merle
  • Yellow
  • Red

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This breed is incredibly intelligent. They will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to release their energy. They also love to work and would benefit from having a job to do! These dogs can handle vigorous exercise and will love you for it.

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They have some of the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen! The Catahoula Leopord Dog is known for having striking eyes, and multi colored eyes. Their eyes can range from solid light blue to having one brown and one blue eye! This is called Heterochromia. The most popular eye color for them is a very light blue, almost looking white or grey.

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These pups are light shedders. Compared to your German Shepherd or Poodle, they are a breeze! Since Catahoulas have a short coat, shedding isn’t all that bad. Brushing will also keep this as bay.

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The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a great watch dog! Not many people know this, because they are usually talked about for their hunting abilities. They are very wary of strangers and have a territorial instinct.

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They are a healthy breed. Every dog will have it’s problems, but generally, Catahoulas are not prone to many diseases or life threatening conditions. With a proper diet and exercise, you can expect your pal to live for 10 to 14 years.

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The perfect size. If you don’t have the patience for a big dog, and aren’t really fond of small ones either; the Catahoula might be just right for you! They are considered a medium size dog. They can weigh anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds. The males are usually a little bigger than the females.

The Beagle: A Man’s Best Friend.

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” A home is not complete without the pitter-patter of Beagle feet!”

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A great first dog!

The Beagle is a very gentle dog that is easily controlled. Their small stature makes them perfect for older owners and children. They are extremely friendly dogs and get along well with mostly everyone! The Beagle is a great option if you have never owned a dog before.

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English hunting dog.

These pups were originally bred to track small animals. They are considered scent hounds and use their nose when seeking prey. Modern beagles are now used as detection dogs and are brilliant at it!

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A light shedder.

Due to their short coat, Beagles are on the lighter side of shedders. They have a double coat that can get thicker in the colder months. It is always a good idea to brush your pooch at least once a week. This will guarantee minimal coat loss.

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Ready to play!

For a small dog, these pups have loads of energy. They are working dogs who love to be challenged. They enjoy using their canine senses as much as they can! Your Beagle would benefit from daily walks or hikes. This will give them the opportunity to explore new smells and sounds. These dogs do not do well being alone for long periods of time. They will show signs of restlessness and destruction if not properly exercised.

“I love the breed as they are so loving and mischievous. They can be a handful if not stimulated, but they love to work and learn new things. This is rewarding for not only them but the owner as well!”

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The pocket Beagle is extincted.

This miniature Beagle is around five to six inches smaller than the traditional Beagle. They were first introduced in the 1400’s by Queen Elizabeth. She was notorious for owning several pocket Beagles. Unfortunately, the original bloodline of the breed is now no longer. Any variation to the Beagle now will not be an original pocket Beagle.

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The breed standard.

Naturally all Beagles have floppy ears. They are usually un-proportional to their body, but that’s what make them so cute! They use their ears a lot to track down smaller prey. Their coats are relatively short and flat. The acceptable coat color is listed as any type of hound coloring.

This includes:

  • Lemon and White
  • White and Tan
  • Tri-color
  • Chocolate Tri-color
  • White and Chocolate
  • Orange and White
  • Red and White

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Very food driven.

These cuties love their treats! Beagles are known to eat… A LOT. There is not much a Beagle won’t do for a snack. This can end up being your furry friends downfall though. Beagles are prone to obesity. This can get out of control quickly if proper actions aren’t taken. It is recommended that Beagles should be on a high protein diet with lots of exercise. They are also prone to developing fatty tumors when they are overweight.

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Little dog. Big bark.

Shocking to most people this tiny hound has an echoing howl. The beagle is known as one of the louder breeds. They just like to express themselves more often. In French, Beagle closely means “loudmouth.” Very fitting for this cute pup!

Why Great Danes Make Great Pets!

The Gentle Giant.

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1. Mild-mannered

What a joy to live with! The Great Dane is known for being very gentle. Despite their enormous size, these pups are great with children of any size or age. They are definitely lovers not fighters.

2. Your best bud

Great Danes have a way into your heart like no other! These giants will make you believe in love at first sight. Being classified as one of the friendliest breeds, Great Danes hold true to this. Whether you are hanging out on the couch or in the backyard, you can guarantee they will be right by your side.

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3. Sleek & Stunning build

Ranging anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds, they are pure muscle! Their huge body makes them very unique and noble looking. These dogs have a slender head and long neck. They naturally have floppy ears, but it is common for them to be surgically trimmed. Danes can reach a resting height (on all fours) of 30 to 34 inches tall.

4. Guard dog

Because of their daunting appearance and size, they are likely to scare away any intruding without using aggression. Many people do not want to mess with a dog twice their size. Their deep bark also comes in handy to not only alert you of visitors, but as a warning to visitors.

Their giant size is outweighed by the giant amounts of affection they have for their humans & their crazy goofy personalities will make you laugh everyday.”

@gracefuldane

5. Kissing Machine

This breed is known for being exceptionally affectionate with their humans. From giving big slobbery kisses to being that 100 pound lap dog you always wanted! This is also what makes them awesome with children. No matter who you are, your Great Dane will always love you.

6. Your active partner

Exercise does the body good, especially for Great Danes. These pups love to be active. They are super speedy runners and love to play. Even if you aren’t big on exercise, these pups will bring it out of you. You’ll end up loving to play fetch or spend a day hiking with your Dane!

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7. Minimal grooming needs

If you are not in the market to spend a fortune on grooming your pet, you might want to consider a Great Dane. With their short velvet coat, bathing is not frequent. They will do just fine with daily brushing. This will also minimize any shedding.

They’re so compassionate and in tune with their people. If you’re ever feeling down, you always have someone to lean on… literally.”

@great_dane_jax

8. Selfless dogs

These dogs will do anything for their owners! Including extinguishing a bomb. In 1941, Juliana the Great Dane found a bomb had been dropped into her families home. Taking quick action, she immediately urinated on the bomb putting out the fire. This noble act of pure courage won her a Blue Cross medal. This doesn’t end her heroic streak! Again, in 1944 she had discovered a fire in the families shoe shop. She urgently went to alert her owners. This awarded her a second Blue Cross medal and probably A LOT of treats!

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9. Smarty pants

Don’t let their goofy stature fool you! These colossus dogs are very smart. They were originally bred for hunting wild boar but have evolved since then. Their sense of smell and hearing is out of this world! Great Danes respond very well to positive reinforcement training and are eager to please. They can however be stubborn if they feel you are being to harsh, because they are one of the more sensitive breeds.

10. Loyal companions

Want a fur-ever friend? These pups are mightily devoted to their family! They will never turn on you, and will protect you at all costs. They have a natural instinct to protect and love their families with everything they have. You will never find another breed quite like the Great Dane.

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All About the Cocker Spaniel.

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There are two types of spaniels: English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel. Both equally as cute, these dogs are a fantastic breed with many great qualities about them.

These dogs are happy-go-lucky!

They are known to always be excited and optimistic about everything. In recent years, they have gained the attention of many families and make the perfect all around family pet. With their cute floppy ears and magical eyes what’s not to be happy about?

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Their gentle nature makes them awesome as pets for kids.

The laid-back Cocker Spaniel rarely shows aggression toward other animals or people. They are super chill and have no desire to assert their dominance. They are the perfect dog for a new family and make great first pets for children. Teaching responsibility without being out of control.

These long coat cuties do have grooming requirements.

There is always a price to pay for the beautiful things in life. These dogs require daily brushing from the start of their life. The younger you start the grooming process the easier it will get for you and your dog. It is important that you maintain their grooming as well, because it can become a problem later. If you do not have the time to take care of their grooming sending them to a professional groomer is also an option.

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They only need moderate exercise.

If you’re not the active type, the Cocker Spaniel is the dog for you! These dogs are sufficient with a walk around the neighborhood. Every dog needs to burn off energy, so it is important that they receive daily exercise. They most likely will not tire you out. If they do, you better be ready for hours of cuddles!

These dogs are as smart as can be!

Since Cocker Spaniels love to please people, they are very trainable pets. They are considered a highly intelligent breed. It is easy for them to learn new commands, taking only a small round of repetition. This means with the right strategies, you can teach your pup loads of cool tricks in the matter of weeks!

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Small in size, but big in heart!

Belonging to the sporting dog breed group, they are considered the smallest of their group. Standing only fourteen to seventeen inches tall, they are the perfect lap dog! They also adapt very well to apartment life. These dogs do not require much space and usually only weigh between twenty-four and twenty-eight pounds.

They do have health risks.

While the Cocker Spaniel is generally a pretty healthy dog, they do have faults within their genetics. They are at a high risk for several eye problem including: progressive retinal atrophy , cataracts , and glaucoma. Please do not worry though! With proper cleaning and diet, along with regular vet visits this most likely won’t be an issue.

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