The perfect pup: what dog is right for you?

Paws.com provide a definite guide for potential new pet owners, a guide on which dog would best suit your lifestyle.

As families come together over the summer and school holidays, many will think about adding a new furry friend to the fold.

Dogs are the most popular of pets in the UK, with 26% of households owning one. Dog owners across the UK live in a variety of environments and landscapes, living in both cities and the countryside.

Many families looking to buy dogs have young children and other pets, but what is the best dog to get to fit in with your family? Paws.com provide a guide of which dogs are best to get to match your home environment:

What breeds are best with young children?

These dogs are patient, friendly and affectionate so are perfect for growing families who are looking to add a pet to the family tree.

  • Cavalier Kind Charles Spaniel
  • Labrador
  • Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

What breeds are best for families in the city?

These pups are smaller, so require less exercise, but still make great additions to families with young children.

  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Bichon Frise
  • Poodle
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

What breeds are best for families in the countryside?

With more opportunity to exercise your dog in the countryside, you might want to consider a dog that loves the outdoors and running around.

  • Labrador
  • Beagle
  • Irish Setter
  • Viszla

What breed is best for families that live by the beach?

Most dogs love to splash and paddle in the water, but some breeds enjoy it more than others. These furry friends will make great companions for your family as you it the sand and enjoy the coast.

  • Newfoundland
  • Boxer
  • Labrador
  • Golden Retriever

What breed is best for families that have cats?

It might be thought of as a famous rivalry, but dogs and cats can get on. However, some dog breeds are more often to not being the only pet in the house that others.

  • Bichon Frise
  • Boxer
  • Beagle
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Labrador

Paws.com’s vet and pet wellbeing expert, Dr. Steph Wenban, said: “With nice weather to walk in and with lots of time together as a family, summer is a time when many Brits consider getting a dog to join the family. However, it is important to think about which breed best suits your home as some dogs will be better suited to the way you are living than others.

“Every breed has different qualities and needs. You need to consider if the dog you are buying will be a good fit for the people in your house, if there are suitable places to walk them and if you will have time to take them out. These breeds not only have different behaviour and require different levels of activity, but they also require different nutrients and stimulation. It is important that you provide your dog with the right food and toys to help it grow and develop.

“There are tools out there which can help you identify the best products to feel your dog, such as Paws.com’s innovative traffic light labelling system which helps owners to understand exactly what they are feeding their pets.”