Border Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are among the breeds that make excellent house dogs. Each dog breed is unique, but there are some pups that get along well with family members and life at home.
“It is very important to remember that every dog is an individual and we need to look at an individual dog’s temperament and personality to decide if they are suitable,” explains Rachel Rodgers MSc, Clinical Animal Behaviourist at Nose to Trail . Rural living.
Behavioral expert Kim Brophey covers this well in her LEGS system – the dog’s learning (life experience), environment (where they live), their genetics (so what we’re looking at here) and their selves (your dog’s unique individuality) should all take into account.”
So take a look at the best varieties below…
1. Border Terrier
Rachel Rodgers says: “Growing up with two myself, I couldn’t help but pick the Border Terrier to recommend to family homes! These adorable little dogs may have been originally bred to kill vermin, but they have a loving temperament and perky, funny personalities that make them ideal for family adventures.”
2. Standard Poodle
Noble and elegant poodles make brilliant pets. “Regularly overlooked by their Labradoodle/Cockapoo cousins, these dogs make an excellent family pet,” adds Rachel.
“They can sometimes be considered too high maintenance for a family with many young children due to the regular grooming they require, but these glamorous dogs are surprisingly fun and silly for many households, which is why they’re on this list!”
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
“The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is on this list because they are generally gentle and usually welcoming to visitors and unfamiliar people, which comes in handy in a busy home!” Rachel explains.
However, it is important to understand that these little dogs can vary greatly in whether they are very active or a couch potato, so finding the right puppy to join your family will be critical as you make sure you can meet the needs of your new pet.”
4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have an unfair reputation for being dangerous or aggressive, but these small stocky dogs were originally the nanny dog - and make excellent family pets.
“They are confident, playful and can be a little energetic, but with the right training they make a great family pet for many households,” says Rachel.
“They’re low maintenance when it comes to grooming, but they have a lot of energy for exercise, so they’ll benefit from lots of interactive play before crashing on the couch with the adults at the end of the day.”