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Top 10 Vet-Recommended Dog Breeds for Young Families

Top 10 Vet-Recommended Dog Breeds for Young Families

Choosing the right dog breed can be overwhelming, considering the vast number of options available. But there is a perfect breed out there for every family and household, whether you prefer a large or small breed, a lap dog or a protective one, long-haired or short-haired, hypoallergenic, or low-maintenance grooming pup. To simplify the selection process, we have curated a list of our top ten dog breeds that we believe are well suited for any family household. 

Golden Retriever 

Sitting golden retriever

Golden Retrievers make excellent family pets due to their friendly, loyal, intelligent, and tolerant nature. Their eagerness to please their loved ones and intelligence make them easy to train and obedient. They have a great temperament and are wonderful with kids, often becoming protective of their human family.  

Dog group 

Gundogs 

Country of origin 

UK 

Life Span 

12-13 years 

Coat type 

Long, silky coat 

Weight range 

25-34kg 

Recommended exercise 

40-60 minutes a day 

 

While Golden Retrievers do shed a lot, especially in the warmer months, regular brushing can minimise shedding in the house and on clothing. If you're looking for a smart, affectionate, and adorable furry friend to join your family, Golden Retrievers are an excellent choice. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are an excellent choice for a family pet due to their outgoing, sporty, fearless, and eager to please nature. They are known for their ever-wagging tails and love to be surrounded by humans, as well as spending time outdoors. Despite their sporty nature, they also enjoy lounging indoors and sitting next to family members on the couch. 

Dog group 

Companion dog 

Country of origin 

UK 

Life Span 

Over 12 years 

Coat type 

Long, silky coat 

Weight range 

5-8kgs 

Recommended exercise 

40-60 minutes a day 

 

Although they do shed a lot, particularly during warmer months, regular combing and brushing can minimise shedding and prevent matting in their fur. Although not the best guard dogs, some Cavaliers may alert you to events in your neighbourhood and bark at strangers. 

Beagle 

Beagle

Beagles are a beloved scent hound breed often found in family households. They are active, amiable, and happy-go-lucky, making them a popular choice for families who have access to a yard and enjoy spending time outdoors. Beagles are friendly, outgoing, and loving dogs, as well as inquisitive, determined, and highly motivated by food.  

Dog group 

Scent dogs 

Country of origin 

UK 

Life Span 

11-13 years 

Coat type 

Short dense, tri colour coat 

Weight range 

9-11kgs 

Recommended exercise 

60 minutes a day 

 

It's important to note that the Beagle is a scent hound and its nose is the most crucial part of its anatomy. They tend to keep their heads down, always sniffing around for an interesting trail to follow. As a result, they may be difficult to train, as they can easily wander off if they catch a tempting scent in the air. 

Samoyed 

Samoyed

The Samoyed breed, originally used for herding and guarding reindeer and sled-hauling, has become a beloved family pet due to its loving nature and companionship. With its easy-going, friendly, and playful personality, it's no wonder this breed is increasingly found in family homes.  

Dog group 

Spitz-type dog 

Country of origin 

Russia 

Life Span 

Over 12 years 

Coat type 

Thick and soft coat 

Weight range 

16 - 30kgs 

Recommended exercise 

30 – 45 minutes a day 

 

While their white, thick, and fluffy coat is beautiful, it requires a lot of grooming maintenance to remove loose hair and maintain good condition. As Samoyeds belong to the working dog group, they require a large, securely fenced home where they can roam and play and enrichment activities to keep them happy. 

Labrador Retriever 

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are the perfect blend of sporty, playful, affectionate, and loyal. Like Golden Retrievers, they are incredibly friendly, intelligent, trustworthy, and easy-going dogs, making them excellent family pets. Due to their enthusiastic and energetic nature, it's important to provide obedience training and enrichment to prevent destructive behaviour.  

Dog group 

Gundogs 

Country of Origin 

Canada 

Life Span 

10 - 12 years 

Coat type 

Short soft coat 

Weight range 

25-37 kgs 

Recommended exercise 

30 – 45 minutes a day 

  

Labrador Retrievers have a tendency to overeat, which can lead to obesity if not managed through age and size-appropriate diets. Their coats require little maintenance, with only light brushing recommended to remove loose hair. 

Labradoodle 

Labradoodle

In 1989, the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia orchestrated the first intentional breeding of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers to produce hypoallergenic guide dogs. These dogs, known as Labradoodles, have since gained immense popularity as a family pet because of their amiable, warm, and sociable temperament. Labradoodles are happiest in the company of people and display immense affection and loyalty to their owners. 

Dog group 

Crossbreed 

Country of origin 

Australia 

Life Span 

10 - 12 years 

Coat type 

Curly, thick hypoallergenic coat 

Weight range 

Miniature – 7-11kgs 

Medium – 14-20kgs 

Standard 23-29kgs 

Recommended exercise 

30 – 45 minutes a day 

 

heir thick, curly coat requires frequent brushing and grooming to avoid tangles and mats. Due to their hyperactive and energetic nature, Labradoodles are most suitable for households with a backyard where they can run and play. 

Border Terrier 

Border Terrier

The Border Terrier is a small breed that possesses the energetic and joyful traits of a terrier along with a relaxed and cooperative personality, making it an ideal pet for the family home. Originally bred for fox and rat hunting, the Border Terrier is often still used for this, but it is also a highly sought-after companion due to its gentle and cooperative nature. Although they have a strong drive to hunt, chase, and dig, Border Terriers can adapt well to apartment living if given regular exercise.  

Dog group 

Terriers 

Country of origin 

UK 

Life Span 

13 - 14 years 

Coat type 

Dense and short wiry coat 

Weight range 

5-7kgs 

Recommended exercise 

30 – 45 minutes a day 

 

These dogs make excellent companions for families with children if they receive the attention they need. Their coat requires weekly brushing and periodic stripping to remove dead hair, which can be done by hand or with a stripping tool, but never with clippers. 

Australian Shepherd 

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, also known as the "Aussie," is an intelligent and even-tempered breed that can thrive in a family setting with regular exercise. These hardworking dogs excel in environments that challenge their intellect and energy. While a large backyard may be ideal for this breed, they can adapt to apartment living if you give them enough stimulation and exercise.  

Dog group 

Working dog 

Country of origin 

USA 

Life Span 

Over 10 years 

Coat type 

Thick wavy, medium length coat  

Weight range 

18-29kgs 

Recommended exercise 

45 - 60 minutes a day 

 Without proper exercise and mental stimulation, Australian Shepherds can become destructive and prone to extended periods of barking. To maintain a neat and tidy appearance, their coat requires regular maintenance, including brushing and trimming to avoid matting. 

Bulldog 

bulldog

With their adorable wrinkles and lovable character, Bulldogs are a symbol of courage, determination, and tenacity. Originally used for bullbaiting, this breed has evolved into a mellow, well-natured, and affectionate companion. Although they can be stubborn and protective, Bulldogs rarely exhibit aggressive tendencies, making them an ideal family pet. While they are low maintenance, daily exercise is necessary to prevent weight gain.  

Dog group 

Working dog 

Country of origin 

UK 

Life Span 

8-12 years 

Coat type 

Short, smooth coat  

Weight range 

23-25kgs 

Recommended exercise 

  1. – 30 minutes a day 

 

Bulldogs are sensitive to cold weather and can wheeze, snort, and snore, making them susceptible to sleep apnoea. As Bulldogs age, they can become less enthusiastic towards exercise, which can lead to laziness and weight gain. Regular physical activity is important to maintain their fitness and ideal weight. Bulldogs are prone to skin issues, so cleaning between their wrinkles daily is necessary to maintain proper skin hygiene. 

 Cockapoo 

Cockapoo

The Cockapoo is an intelligent, sociable, and laid-back dog that is an ideal companion for city or suburban living. As a cross between a toy poodle and the English Cocker Spaniel, the Cockapoo inherits the desirable traits of both intelligent and well-mannered breeds. This breed is affectionate and loves to be close to its human companions, while also being gentle with children.  

Dog group 

Crossbreeds 

Country of origin 

USA 

Life Span 

14-15 years 

Coat type 

Single, smooth, hypoallergenic long coat  

Weight range 

Toy – Up to 5kg 

Miniature – 6-9kgs 

Standard – Over 10kgs 

Recommended exercise 

30– 45 minutes a day 

 

Due to their high food drive, Cockapoos are enthusiastic and easy to train. But they can suffer from separation anxiety, making early training and socialisation with other people and pets essential. With a non-shedding coat, Cockapoos require regular brushing to prevent mats and knots and may also require occasional professional grooming. 

Before deciding on a dog, it is important to research and consider different breeds to determine which one is most suitable for your family. Some breeds may be more susceptible to health concerns or genetic issues, so it is the responsibility of the dog owner to be aware of these potential issues. 

 

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