Dogs are good company, but some can be a big challenge to raise! If you’re adopting a new member of the family, one that happens to be four-legged and furry, make sure you choose a breed known for demanding less maintenance in exchange for love in abundance. This article discusses some of the easiest dog breeds to raise so you can set yourself up for success upon getting your furry companion.
One of the most popular small dog breeds in America, and with good reason! They’re cheerful and friendly and make great companions. Plus, they don’t require a lot of space or daily walks like more giant breeds. However, Chihuahuas need to be watched around young children because they can be easily injured. You should also not allow your little guy to run off your lap when other people are around because he could get crushed quickly if another person sat on top of him or stepped on him accidentally. Like all dogs, Chihuahuas need to be socialized early so that they’ll grow up well-behaved in public situations.
#2 Portuguese Water Dog
If you’re looking for a large breed that’s easy to bring up, then consider the Portuguese water dog. These dogs were bred as working animals and are known for their bravery and loyalty—they’d give their lives to protect you! They don’t often bark (unless there is a good reason), which means they make great house pets. Like other large breeds, however, you must socialize these dogs early so they’ll grow into well-mannered adults. Remember that PWDs may not be the best choice if you live in an apartment because they need room to run and play daily.
This small white dog doesn’t need much exercise to stay healthy, but they love being around people, so they make excellent travel companions. Maltese often can’t stand being left alone because they quickly grow bored and anxious! The breed will also bark at almost anything that moves—so you’ll have to work extra hard to socialize this dog early on during puppyhood.
This is a popular small breed that doesn’t require a lot of grooming or maintenance. Plus, dachshunds are loyal and protective of their owners as well as fearless! However, due to their long bodies and short legs, it is imperative that you take your Dachshund to obedience classes early on in his life. It’s also vital that the training sessions are positive experiences with lots of treats. This way, they’ll know you’re in charge—and enjoy doing what you tell them to do!
The poodle comes in three different sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. All three varieties are great family pets because they love being around people and playing with children. Plus, unlike some small breeds who can be yappy or aggressive towards strangers, poodles are friendly and calm around others. Plus, poodles don’t shed their hair as much as other dogs do—which means all you need is a quick brush once a day (or less) to keep your pup looking healthy and happy!
Maltese poodles are an adorable mix of two very social breeds—and they’re not known for barking incessantly! They love to fuss, but it’s usually only after you’ve left or when their food dish is empty. However, like other crosses, Maltipoo’s do need early socialization to prevent fearfulness in adulthood. But don’t let their size fool you; these dogs make excellent watchdogs who will bark at anything that moves. Their coats also require professional grooming every six weeks to keep them healthy and looking sharp!
All breeds on this list have one thing in common: they’re friendly and easy to train. Their small size helps make training a breeze! Make sure you do a lot of research on a dog that suits your needs before deciding to purchase one. The dogs above make great choices because they are easy to raise.