Dog Breed FAQ

Researching for your next family member? Read our trainers’ answers to the most commonly asked dog breed questions below!

What is the safest family dog?

Many, if not all, dogs can be trained from a young age to grow into calm and confident family dog that is safe for the kids to be around. A safe family dog should be relatively easy to train and not prone to reactivity/aggression or resource guarding. There are many great options, but a few common ones are Labrador (English) Retrievers, Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Boxers, and Newfoundlands.

What is the most easily trained dog?

Dogs that are easy to train or great for beginners or families who have never owned a dog are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, especially English Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. These dogs have a great temperament, are friendly, eager to learn, and have moderate energy levels. This means a walk, some training, and playtime with the family will keep them active, engaged, and exercising appropriately.

What dog breed is hardest to train?

No particular breed is the hardest to train, but it is essential to review the breed’s original purpose. Dogs bred to work closely with their handlers enjoy training more. Conversely, dogs bred for a singular purpose, such as sled pulling or livestock guardians, are less likely to enjoy general training.

What should I look for when buying or adopting a dog?

If you are thinking about buying a puppy or adopting a dog, consider your lifestyle, how active you are, the time and money you will need to devote to a dog, and health preventatives and concerns depending on the breed. If you are not home often, you will not want a breed prone to separation anxiety. If you are active, you might want a high-energy breed to keep up with you! You will want to ensure you have the time and money to care for properly and train your new puppy – some breeds require more than others. All these factors are essential to determine individually and together as a whole can help you choose the perfect breed for you and your family.