Mostly C’s: You Need The Family Friendly All-Rounder
For the bustling family or a pretty active adult, dogs in the Sporting Group could make an excellent addition to your life. Characterized by their naturally active and alert personalities, balanced with a stable temperament, and their love for play - sporting dogs make lovable, well-rounded pets. A range of Spaniels fit this group, as do Retrievers, Setters, Labradors, and the Vizsla too.
Most of these dogs generally make good house dogs and watchdogs, enjoy being part of a family unit, and are easily adaptable to family life. They will excel when spending extended time outdoors and given adequate mental and physical stimulation.
Ranging from the springy Boxer to the agile Dalmatian - there’s plenty of energetic family breeds that you can choose from outside the Sporting Group, who haven’t yet been classified as “sporty” but make just as good family companions. You may also want to keep mixed-breeds in mind, as they are often the easiest to care for, longest-living, and most happy-go-lucky pups around!
Some of these dogs might require a little extra work in the grooming department, often appearing a little more rugged, but if crossed with a poodle, or naturally short-haired, you should find this to be much more manageable.