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9 Best Dog For Busy Family

Bone Broth For Dogs

Choosing the best dog for your busy family can be a daunting task… there are so many options to choose from! Here is our list of the top ten dogs that will work well with your schedule and lifestyle.

1. German Pinscher

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher has been around since the 1800’s, but was not recognized as an official breed until 1930. These dogs were originally bred to hunt vermin in fields. The name “pinzter” means thistle or small pin cushion. This type of hunting dog is still used today to hunt rodents, rabbits and squirrels.

They make wonderful companion pets because they love people and other animals. They are also very intelligent and have a strong desire to please their owners. They do require some exercise daily, although this does vary depending on the individual.

  • Weight Range: 20 – 40 lbs.
  • Height: 18 – 24 inches tall
  • Color: Solid colors only
  • Care Requirements: Low maintenance coat requires regular brushing
  • Average Lifespan: 10 years
  • Cost: $500 plus vet bills
  • Best Use: Companion pet

2. Beagle


The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes the Beagle as “one of the most popular and versatile of all sporting breeds.” There are several types of Beagles including the Wire Fox Beagle, which is more active than other varieties, and the smooth coated Beagle, which is known for its gentle nature. Beagles are typically friendly and good natured.

They are great companions and enjoy being part of the family. Although they need lots of space to run and play, they don’t bark excessively like other dogs. Beagles are usually easy to housebreak. Their coats grow out quickly and must be kept trimmed.

  • Weight Range: 8 – 30 pounds
  • Height: 16 – 22 inches tall
  • Color: Any color
  • Care Requirements: Coat needs to be brushed regularly
  • Average Lifespan: 12 Years
  • Best Use: Companion pet, Hunting dog

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

This large working retriever originated in Scotland where it was known as the Highland Retriever. It was brought to North America in the mid 1700’s and became popular among farmers who needed help retrieving game birds, such as ducks and geese.

Today, the Golden Retriever ranks third in popularity among registered purebred dogs in the United States. Since these dogs are highly trainable and easily trained, they are often considered first choice for families looking to get into the dog training field.

They are loyal and obedient pets who are always ready to greet visitors at the door. They are affectionate, loving and protective towards their family members. Because they are so big and powerful, they may not be suitable for smaller households.

  • Weight Range: 50 – 80 pounds
  • Height: 27 – 32 inches tall
  • Color: Solid gold, solid red, silver, black, brindle
  • Care Requirements: Grooming required twice yearly
  • Average Lifespan: 15 Years
  • Best Use: Family Protection, Obedience Training

4. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The Lab is one of the oldest of the retrievers and is believed to originate in England. In the early days, Labs were used to retrieve dead animals, especially water fowl. Later they were used to retrieve live birds and other types of wildlife. Today, Labs excel at bird retrieval and are excellent hunters. They are eager to please and are extremely devoted to their owners.

A typical Lab will follow you anywhere, even if it involves climbing trees. They are playful and smart dogs, but sometimes too smart. Labs should be taught basic obedience classes as puppies. Unlike other retrievers, Labs have short muzzles.

  • Weight Range: 45 – 65 pounds
  • Height: 21 – 26 inches tall
  • Color: Solid colors, white, cream, apricot, sesame, chocolate brown
  • Care Requirements: Medium grooming requirements
  • Average Lifespan: 12 Years
  • Best Use: Bird Hunter, Waterfowl Hunter, Family Pet

5. Doberman Pincher

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman pinscher is said to be descended from war dogs that fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte during his military campaigns. While originally bred for guarding property and livestock, today’s Dobermans are family pets. They are generally calm and quiet, except when excited or provoked. Their massive size makes them intimidating, but they’re actually sweet and gentle most of the time. Dobermans are loyal and protective of their family. They are commonly referred to as watch dogs. If you want a dog that doesn’t bark frequently, then consider getting a Doberman.

  • Weight Range: 60 – 110 pounds
  • Height: 23 – 28 inches tall
  • Color: Black, blue, red, tan, liver, yellow
  • Care Requirements: Regular bathing necessary
  • Average Lifespan: 11 Years
  • Best Use: Family Protector, Watch Dog

6. Bullmastiff

Originally developed by English mastiffs, the bullmastiff is now one of the largest domestic canine species in the world. One common misconception about the breed is that they are aggressive. Actually, they are quite peaceful unless provoked or threatened. They are very protective of their family and can become overprotective. Like Dobermans, they are commonly called watch dogs. They are usually quiet and docile, but have great stamina and endurance. The average life span of a bullmastiff is 14 to 17 years.

  • Weight Range: 100 – 150 pounds
  • Height: 35 – 42 inches tall
  • Color: All colors
  • Care Requirements: Very low care
  • Average Lifespan: 14 – 17 years
  • Best Use: Family Protector, Guard Dog

7. Bichon Frise

These little fur balls are full of energy and enthusiasm. Originally bred to sniff out gunpowder, they have become popular with families because of their high intelligence level and mild personality. They are very energetic and need plenty of room to move around. They do well with children and other animals. Bichons are good with strangers, but not with cats. They are happiest when allowed to explore the outdoors.

  • Weight Range: 5 – 25 pounds
  • Height: 13 – 19 inches tall
  • Color: White, any color
  • Care Requirements: Medium grooming requirements
  • Average Lifespan: 12 years
  • Best Use: Family Pet, With Children

8. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers

The Boston Terrier is a small terrier that comes in both long haired and short hair versions. Both versions are cute, cuddly and affectionate. They are known for their exuberant personalities and outgoing natures.

They are also very reliable and are good with children. Boston Terriers are great running partners and are known for having no bad habits. They are also known for their ability to adapt to new situations and environments. Boston Terriers are stubborn, determined and independent. They tend to be more sensitive than most dogs.

  • Weight Range: 6 – 14 pounds
  • Height: 12 – 18 inches tall
  • Color: Any color
  • Care Requirements: Low Care Coat
  • Average Lifespan: 10 Years
  • Best Use: Family Pet, Exercise Partner

9. Chow-Chow

The Chow-Chow is a small toy spaniel that originated in China. They are similar in appearance to pugs, but much larger. They are very affectionate and friendly. They love attention from their owners. Chow Chows are intelligent and learn quickly. They are relatively easy to housetrain, but may dig holes to escape confinement. They have distinctive facial features that give them their unique look.

  • Weight Range: 7 – 20 pounds
  • Height: 9 – 15 inches tall
  • Color: Almost any color
  • Care Requirements: Low care coat
  • Average Lifespan: 10 years
  • Best Use: Family Pet, Toy Breed

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