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Best Dogs For Families and Protection

Best family dogs are ideal for an average family whether small or big. These dog breeds need little care, can adjust themselves quickly, bark less, offer protection, have a medium size and need little grooming. If you are too looking for an ideal pet for your family, have a look at the below family friendly dog breeds:

1-Beagle

One of the most popular of the hounds, both in the show ring and as a family companion, the beagle still retains his natural hunting instinct. This first-class family pet is full of enthusiasm and vigor, and ever ready for any activity that involves him. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames English Beagle
Origin   Great Britain
Size Type Small dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 11-15 years
Temperament Gentle, Intelligent, Even Tempered, Determined, Amiable, Excitable
Health Concerns Beagles are prone to epilepsy, but it can be controlled with medication. Hypothyroidism and different types of dwarfism occur in Beagles.
Height Male: 13–16 inches (33–41 cm)
Weight Male: 22–25 lb (10–11 kg); Female 20–23 lb (9–10 kg)
Colors Tri-color, Chocolate Tri, White & Tan, Red & White, Brown & White, Lemon & White, Orange & White

2-Bulldog

One of Britain’s oldest indigenous breeds, the Bulldog is acknowledged as the National dog of Great Britain. This breed is associated throughout the world with British determination and the legendary John Bull. The pugilistic expression of this delightful dog belies his affectionate nature to family and friend. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames British Bulldog, English Bulldog
Origin   England
Size Type Medium dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 8-12 years
Temperament Friendly, Docile, Willful, Gregarious
Health Concerns Major Concern: Hip dysplasia (highest amongst all breeds)
Height Female: 12–16 inches (31–40 cm); Male: 12–16 inches (31–40 cm)
Weight Female: 22–23 kg; Male: 24–25 kg
Colors Fawn, Red, Red & White, Fawn & White, Gray Brindle, Brindle & White

3-Irish Setter

Originated as gundogs in their native Ireland, this dog breed’s popularity is soon spread all over the world, thanks to the beauty of their rich mahogany coat. Known for their enthusiasm as bird dogs, they are mischievous, friendly, and inquisitive, with a high energy level. These boisterous and bold family friends have the potential to do well in many activities and canine sports. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames Red Setter , Irish Red Setter
Origin   Ireland
Size Type Large dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 12 – 15 years
Temperament Independent, Lively, Affectionate, Playful, Companionable, Energetic
Health Concerns Major health concerns: CHD, PRA, gastric torsion
Height Female: 22–24 inches (55–62 cm); Male: 23–26 inches (58–67 cm)
Weight Female: 24–29 kg; Male: 27–32 kg
Colors Red, Mahogany, Chestnut

4- Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a strong, large dog breed originated in Canada and England. Initially, used as a working dog to haul wood from the forest and pull nets for fishermen. This capable and hardworking dog is well suited to work on land as well as water. Their sweet-nature and high responsiveness makes them a wonderful family companion. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames Newfie, Newf, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear
Origin   Canada & England
Size Type Giant dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 8 – 10 years
Temperament Gentle, Trainable, Sweet-Tempered
Health Concerns Major concerns: Pulmonic Stenosis, SAS, Elbow Dysplasia, Gastric Torsion Minor concerns: OCD, Entropion, Ectropion, vWD, Cataract
Height Male: 69–74 cm; Female: 63–69 cm
Weight Male: 60–70 kg; Female: 45–55 kg
Colors Black, Black & White, Grey, Brown

5-Poodle

Known for their elegance and cleverness, Poodles are impressive dogs. Behind the impressive hairdos, blue ribbons, and regal attitude, you will find a loving and friendly family dog with an ancient history and loads of talents. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames Pudle
Origin   Germany, France
Size Type Small &  Tiny dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 12 -15 years
Temperament Active, Intelligent, Alert, Faithful, Trainable, Instinctual
Health Concerns Gastric dilatation volvulus, Addison’s disease, Tracheal collapse, Epilepsy, Sebaceous adenitis, Hip dysplasia, Juvenile renal disease and Cancer
Height 10 inches
Weight 5 – 10 pounds
Colors Brindle, Black, Cream, Red, Silver, Grey, Blue, Brown, Apricot, White, Sable

6-Vizsla  

Created in Hungary to work as a retriever and pointer, the Vizsla dog breed has an aristocratic bearing. All they really want, though, is to be loved by their family members. They are super companion for an active family who can provide them with the attention and exercise he craves. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer
Origin   Hungary
Size Type Medium-sized dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span Average 12 to 15 years
Temperament Quiet, Loyal, Affectionate, Energetic, Gentle
Health Concerns Canine Epilepsy, Hip dysplasia, Cancer, Sebaceous Adenitis
Height Male: 56–64 cm; Female: 53–61 cm
Weight Male: 20–29 kg; Female: 18–25 kg
Colors Golden, Red, Red Golden, Rust, Golden Rust

7-Bull Terrie

The Bull Terrier was developed in the 19th century as a fighting dog and, later, a fashionable & good companion for gentlemen, but today he is known as a popular family companion and show dog. This breed of dogs is distinguished by his long, egg-shaped head. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames English Bull Terrier, Pig dog
Origin   England
Size Type Medium & medium-sized Dog Breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 11 – 14  years
Temperament Active, Sweet-Tempered, Keen, Protective, Trainable
Health Concerns All puppies should be checked for deafness that occurs in 20% of pure white dogs and 1.3% of colored dogs.
Height 45-55cm (18-22 in)
Weight 22-38kg (50-85 lbs)
Colors White, Red & White, Tri-color, Fawn & White, Brindle & White, White & Black Brindle

8-Golden Retriever

One of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., The Golden Retriever’s friendly, tolerant attitude makes him a fabulous family pet. The intelligence of this breed makes him a highly capable working dog. Golden Retrievers excel at tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. In addition to this, they are natural athletes, and do well in dog sports such as competitive obedience. Some other important information about this breed is as follows:

Common Nicknames Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Origin   Great Britain
Size Type Large dog breeds
Breed Type Purebred
Life span 10-13 years
Temperament Intelligent, Kind, Friendly, Confident, Reliable, Trustworthy
Health Concerns This breed needs daily exercise and human interaction. No major health concerns.
Height Female: 21–23 inches (55–57 cm); Male: 23–24 inches (58–61 cm)
Weight Female: 24.8–29.6 kg; Male: 29.3–35 kg
Colors Golden, Dark Golden, Light Golden

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