If you are looking for your first dog, you need to consider a few things. Do you walk around the house most of the time or do you walk all day? Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you want to vacuum your hair or do you want a dog that doesn’t shed much? Are there children in the home? Do you already have cats or other pets? Finding the best dog will only happen if it is able to fit into your lifestyle.
Size doesn’t matter, but many other things are very important. Take the time to find the best dog now so you are not one of those people who drag their bad choices to the animal shelter.
So, what is the best dog breed for a first time dog owner?
Recommended breeds for dog owners for the first time
- Japanese chin
- Bichon Frize
- Lhasa Apso
- Golden retriever
- Great Dane
4 important considerations for dog owners for the first time
If I could recommend a medium-sized breed that doesn’t shed, doesn’t bark much, doesn’t have health problems, was good when left alone and was easy to train, I would do it right away. Unfortunately, the perfect dog does not exist. (Well, she actually does, but she’s already taken and sitting at my feet as I write this.) All dogs are perfect if you’re willing to deal with a few problems. Even if there are not many perfect dogs, there are a few characteristics that the first dog owner should consider when looking at this new dog.
Think about these differences
- Domination: This word may no longer be fashionable among behavioral animals, but it is important if you are looking for your first dog. Several breeds are highly territorial; some are not interested in territory at all. When considering getting your first dog, you need to remember how important this trait will be. You need a dog breed that will not be too territorial and thus will be easier to train and control.
- Emotional level: If your first dog is stable and easy to predict, it will be easier for you to take care of him. If your dog is so excited that he jumps all over the house when you get home, then collapses in a corner and just starts ringing the bell, your life will be harder. Most working dog breeds will not lie around the house, no matter how hard you try to exercise them, and there are only a few on this list.
- Readiness for socialization: This is important for a first time dog owner. A dog that goes into a corner to be alone is not the best choice and no dog needs social contact so much that it is difficult to get out of it (“Velcro” dog breed).
- Energy level: Your first dog should not be too energetic, even if you think you will be able to cope with his requirements. A lazy dog may not be a good choice, so think about your lifestyle before making that choice. (This may depend on your level of personal activity – if you are a runner and want to take your dog together, a pug is not a good choice.)
There are several breeds that like to socialize, have moderate dominance, stable personalities and good energy levels.
The best dog breeds for inexperienced owners
The dog breeds to consider are the Maltese, Bichon Frize, Japanese Chin, Poodle, Beagle, Lhasa Apso, Golden Retriever and Great Dane. These are not necessarily the best breeds in every category – many people choose different breeds for different reasons. All of these dogs have characteristics that are good for the initial timers. All of these dogs look quite different and are very different in height and weight, so you should be able to find a breed that you like.
- Maltese: Tiny, of course with cats and usually good dogs that don’t need much exercise; sometimes they bark too much.
- Japanese Chin: Usually not as tiny as a Maltese, but small enough for an apartment, most dogs of this breed that I have roamed are not dominant and correspond to their energy level with that of their owners
- Bichon Frize: Small, good with children and with even temperaments, but some serious health problems.
- Beagle : Usually these dogs are not dominant and want to be socialized.
- Lhasa Apso: A slightly larger version of the tour, these dogs can be good dogs to watch if handled properly.
- Golden Retriever: One of the best dog breeds for a family with children or cats, these dogs are very social, but intelligent enough to withdraw so that they are not overwhelming like some breeds.
- The big Dane: a giant dog, but usually very calm and suitable for an apartment or a small house. If you don’t like small dogs but don’t have experience caring for dogs yet, this may be a good choice if you can deal with large medical problems.
If you find that you are attracted to a dog that is not on this list and you really need to have it as your first dog, please read the dog’s qualities and make sure you can handle him as an adult. (You should definitely stay away from aggressive breeds like the Canary Press, Cane Corso Italiano and Bull Mastiff. Stay away from shy breeds like the Sheltie and the Afghan Hound. Also stay away from potentially destructive breeds like the Weimaraner, ie Wiesla.) adult dogs in animal shelters give up not because they are bad dogs – they simply do not fit the lifestyle and personality of the new owners and are chosen without consideration.
Think about what you are getting into.
How to find your first dog
- Go to a dog show where you can see representatives of all the dogs that will be good for your situation, and see which of the breeds in the list above falls to you as special and suitable. (Just don’t go to the show and fall in love with a completely inappropriate dog breed just because you like his eyes! This happens. Ask any Siberian Husky owner who lives in an apartment.)
- You can buy from a breeder, but you should also try to contact a breed rescuer who works in your area. You may be able to find an adult dog or even a puppy. Just type in the breed you are looking for and your location in your search engine.
- Consider finding a dog in a shelter. Some shelters have a “no owners for the first time” policy, so if they just turn around and walk away. If they would rather kill their dogs than find a good home, they do not need your support. If you find a shelter, I do not recommend finding a puppy in a shelter, as many of the dogs will be referred to as a “Laboratory Mixture” and they may not be what you need. Older dogs can make great calm pets for a new owner, although shelters are always looking for homes for these dogs.
- DO NOT buy a puppy from a pet store. You will support a puppy grinder and you may experience serious behavioral problems that will unlock your family of dogs forever.
Just because a dog is a breed that should be great for you, you need to remember that each animal is individual and has differences. Even among the litter, where the parents are the same and there is little genetic variability, there are differences.
Discuss your needs with the breeder or shelter to make sure you are getting the right dog.
Think of a tiny dog for your canine companion
Among the dogs that present themselves with low dominance, stable emotions, honest socialization and moderate energy, my favorite is the Maltese. These small animals can be a relaxed dog if they have to be alone all day while you work, and as long as you take care of their fur, they won’t cause you much trouble in the house. They are small and get along with other animals. If you can put up with barking, they even make a dog with a good apartment!
The problem with getting a tiny dog is that they are relatively fragile. If you are not used to being around dogs, a bigger dog is a better choice. Lhasas and Beagles are still small but not fragile.
No matter what the size and shape, take the time when choosing your first dog. He will be with you for many years to come and when you choose a dog that suits your lifestyle, you will be a happy and great owner.