Animal lovers would readily agree that a dog can be a wonderful addition to any family. Smart animal lovers, though, would go a step further and say that the right dog can be a great family companion, depending on the household. A breed that would be content in a home with an older retired couple, for instance, might not necessarily do well in one with a new baby. And when it comes to finding the right kind of dog for a busy family, not every breed of pup is created equal.
Even among families with busy lifestyles, needs vary. Some households are active outdoor types who want a dog that can come with them on nature hikes or play frisbee for hours in the park. Other families are the kind who spend their days dashing around to school, errands, and sports tournaments, and don't have a lot of time to spend on long walks and grooming. For them, a laid-back breed that's content to stay home alone would be a better bet. In both cases, advised The Spruce, it's probably best to avoid getting a young puppy, which requires additional care and training to become a well-adjusted family pet.
"It's important to note that all dogs, regardless of breed, benefit from quality time with their humans," says Lauren McDevitt, co-founder of Good Dog. "When thinking about getting a dog, everyone should consider whether they have the time and energy required to meet a dog's basic needs. Even low-maintenance breeds will need at least 30 minutes a day of direct stimulation. That being said, there are certain breeds that tend to be lower energy and are happier to hang out at home or daycare, making for a better match with a busy family."
Although each dog's personality is different, even within the same breed, McDevitt tells Romper that certain breeds are generally less likely to match well with a household that's always on the go. Among them: Border Collies and Australian Shepherds ("they need a job to focus on and a lot of stimulation"); Shiba Inus, Akitas, and Jack Russell Terriers ("they're less social dogs with independent spirits") and "dogs that are stubborn and need a lot of attention through training and socialization, such as Rottweilers or Chow Chows."
These are some of the breeds that are most likely to adapt well to a family on the go. But don't forget that mixed breeds are also an excellent option, depending on the dog. Do your homework, visit shelters and breeders, and take your time before deciding which pup is best for you.