Menu

Download our Petland App today for information on your local Petland's Available Pets and Pet Supplies. All at the tips of your fingers!

Petland Logo
Login/Register

Please create a free account below, or login by clicking here.

Zip Code(Required)
Pet Information and Coupons

Disclaimer

Stay updated with Petland! By checking the above box, you are providing your electronic signature to consent to receive SMS text messages, emails, mailings and other communications from Petland, even if such communications are considered advertisements, and you confirm that you are the subscriber or customary user of any phone number you submit. Text messages may be sent using an automated dialing system. Your consent is not a condition of purchasing any goods or services, and may be revoked at any time by responding STOP to any SMS text messages you receive. Message and data rates may apply. Additionally, you are consenting to location, usage, and information collection.
Pet Store Banner Pet Store Banner

Top Pups for First Time Dog Owners

January 26, 2023

Adding a dog to your family is a very fun and exciting part of life, however, does come with some challenges. Realistically, your pup is a part of your family and will be for many years. There are certainly many plusses to adding a fur-legged friend but there are also certain challenging aspects that come with this. Potty training, basic obedience and you being able to leave home for long periods of time while your pup is home alone are just a few. The key is finding a dog breed that best fits your family’s dynamics and routine. Certain dogs are a better fit for first-time dog owners because they are easier to care for. Below is a list of our top five dog breeds for those who never owned a dog before.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is more of a laidback and happy-go-lucky dog. They are easy to get along with and tend to be very simple. They also train easily and only need a moderate amount of exercise. This a big plus for families that are always on the go. They tend to do well when their family is away from the home and are not known to be destructive. This breed has been a very popular breed for many years because of this.

GROUP: Non-Sporting (AKC)

HEIGHT: 9 to 12 inches

WEIGHT: 7 to 12 pounds

COAT AND COLOR:Curly white coat; may have traces of apricot, buff, or cream LIFE EXPECTANCY:13 to 15 years

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is as loving as she looks. They tend to do great with children and have warm demeanors. They do well home alone and are not known to act out when their family is away for the day. This breed also trains well and is overall a very easy dog to care for. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not require excessive amounts of exercise and will be patiently waiting for you at the front door for you to come home. This breed makes a great fit for first-time dog owners.

GROUP: Toy (AKC)

HEIGHT: 12 to 13 inches (to the withers)

WEIGHT: 13 to 18 pounds

COAT AND COLOR:Long, sleek and silky coat with feathering around ears, feet, chest, and tail in four color varieties, tricolor, blenheim, ruby, and black and tan LIFE EXPECTANCY:12 to 14 years

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever makes a great dog for first-time dog owners because they are very easy to train and very smart. They do require and do well with a little more activity time than some breeds, however, they also tend to occupy themselves when at home alone. This breed is also able to adapt to contemporary home or apartment living, does great with children and is overall one of the better dog breeds for first-time dog owners.

GROUP: Sporting (AKC)

HEIGHT: 20 to 24 inches

WEIGHT: 50 to 75 pounds

COAT AND COLOR:Medium-length double coat; light to dark gold LIFE EXPECTANCY:10 to 12 years

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a gentle and caring lapdog who loves his family. They are easy to care for and do not require excessive exercise. They are also not known to be destructive and are good at occupying themselves when home alone. They can be at times a bit stubborn, however, do train well and make great contemporary home or apartment style living dogs. Although this good-looking dog looks high maintenance, they are anything but that and are sure to make a great fit in your home.

GROUP: Toy (AKC)

HEIGHT: 6 to 8 inches

WEIGHT: 3 to 7 pounds

COAT AND COLOR:Long, double coat that comes in many colors,though the most common are red, orange, cream, sable, black, brown, and blue LIFE EXPECTANCY:12 to 16 years

Poodle

Last but certainly not least is the ever so popular Poodle. Known to be the scholars of all dogs, this breed is a great fit for new dog owners because they train with ease. The Poodle does do best with one-on-one attention from his family, but is also able to adapt to being home alone when no one is home. This Poodle comes in three sizes: toy, miniature, or standard. All are intelligent and very loving dogs.

GROUP: Non-Sporting (AKC)

HEIGHT: Over 15 inches (standard) 10 to 15 inches (miniature) 10 inches and under (toy)

WEIGHT: 45 to 70 pounds (standard) 15 to 18 pounds (miniature) 5 to 9 pounds (toy)

COAT AND COLOR: One of many solid colors, including but not limited to white, black, gray, brown, apricot, and particolored LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 16 years

Related Articles

View All Articles

  • Miniature American Shepherd Facts You May Not Know

    Miniature American Shepherd Facts You May Not Know

    The Miniature American Shepherd is a fascinating breed with a rich history and distinct characteristics. Here are some lesser-known facts about this breed that might pique your ...

    Read This Blog

  • More People Are Switching to The Dog Harness

    More People Are Switching to The Dog Harness

    What Is a Dog Harness? A dog harness is a type of equipment designed to secure and control a dog during walks or other activities. Unlike traditional collars, which put pressure...

    Read This Blog

  • The Remarkable Acoustic Abilities of Dogs

    The Remarkable Acoustic Abilities of Dogs

    Dogs possess an extraordinary sense of hearing, which allows them to detect and interpret sounds far beyond human capabilities. Their acute auditory system is finely tuned to pe...

    Read This Blog

  • What Are Service Dogs?

    What Are Service Dogs?

    Service dogs are well-trained professional dogs that help to those who need them. Each service dog has a specific set of skills that require training and testing to master. Serv...

    Read This Blog

  • First Time Dog Owners Should Consider These Breeds

    First Time Dog Owners Should Consider These Breeds

    Are you considering adding a fur-legged friend to your family? If so, this blog is for you. We have handpicked our Top-5 dog breeds based on their personality, temperament, and ...

    Read This Blog

  • 2024’s Top-25 Coolest Names for Dogs

    2024’s Top-25 Coolest Names for Dogs

    Choosing a name for your new furry friend is an exciting and important decision. It sets the tone for their identity and becomes a part of their everyday life. With so many opti...

    Read This Blog

  • Best Ways to Keep Your Dog Warm in The Winter

    Best Ways to Keep Your Dog Warm in The Winter

    With winter here, it is important to take extra care of our furry friends. Dogs, just like humans, can be susceptible to the cold weather and may require additional measures to ...

    Read This Blog

  • Benefits of Crate Training a Dog

    Benefits of Crate Training a Dog

    Crate training is a popular method used by dog owners to train their furry friends. It involves using a crate or kennel as a safe and comfortable space for the dog to rest, slee...

    Read This Blog

  • How To Treat a Dog’s Bleeding Nail Bed

    How To Treat a Dog’s Bleeding Nail Bed

    Dogs are known for their playful and active nature, which often leads to accidents and injuries. One common injury that dog owners may encounter is a bleeding nail bed. A bleedi...

    Read This Blog

  • The Longest Living Breeds of Dog and Ways to Ensure a Longer Life

    The Longest Living Breeds of Dog and Ways to Ensure a Longer Life

    The average life expectancy of a dog varies based on several things. Keeping a proper diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and routine veterinarian wellness checks are all very i...

    Read This Blog

  • Top Halloween Costumes for Dogs

    Top Halloween Costumes for Dogs

    Halloween is a time of year when people get to dress up in creative and fun costumes, but it’s not just humans who can get in on the fun. Dogs can also join in the Hallowe...

    Read This Blog

  • The BIGGEST Dogs

    The BIGGEST Dogs

    Despite their intimidating appearance, larger dog breeds are generally well-tempered, caring, and friendly animals! Throughout history, many of these dogs have been relied on fo...

    Read This Blog

Help Need Help?