Find the perfect dog for your family

How you can find a pooch suited to your needs.
Golden Retriever
A Golden Retriever
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Are you looking to add a furry family member to your home? Award winning canine trainer Jaice Jarrah Jackson shares her top tips on which breed of dog is best for your living situation.

For families with young children:

The best breeds for families depend on if you are an active family or not. If you’re active and tend to go on family outings a lot, a Golden Retriever is perfect – they’re active, gentle-natured (which is especially good with children), and are great around other people and dogs.

If your family falls under the “homebody” description, then a breed such as a Bulldog would be more suited – medium in size they are great for families who aren’t too active but still like to take their four legged pooch for an easy walk. They don’t require much exercise but will be a gentle, loyal, protective member of your family.

For the elderly:

The best breed for seniors are definitely your lap dogs – think Cavoodle or Maltese. Both are intelligent and loyal companion breeds that require attention, stimulation and play time but don’t need long periods of exercise.

Families for young professionals who spend a lot of time at work:

Get a cat.

(Credit: Jaice Jarrah Jackson)

Families in inner city apartments:

Whilst Greyhounds are known for their hunting skills, speed and agility, they are surprisingly quite lazy and require little exercise, which makes them a great breed for those who live in inner city apartments. They are low maintenance, very gentle and affectionate by nature. They are also quiet and rarely bark. Another plus for those who live next to neighbours with sensitive ears!

People who have allergies:

Dog allergies are tricky, some people are allergic to the dog’s saliva or skin (in which case, I suggest steering clear!) others are allergic to the dog’s fur. If you’re allergic to the fur, then this is a more simple problem to tackle. Breeds that have a hypoallergenic coat, don’t shed their coat, or don’t don a coat at all are your best bet, these include:

  • Poodle/labradoodle
  • Xloloitzcuintli (try pronouncing that!)
  • Schnauzer
  • Maltese
  • Greyhound

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