Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dogs - General Dog Chat

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-25-2015, 10:18 AM
Ilovedogs56 Ilovedogs56 is offline
Big Dog
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever the wind blows me...
Posts: 175
Default "Easy" dog breeds

What breeds do you think are "easy" or good for first time dog owners? I know Goldens and Labs are a couple of them.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 11:52 AM
*blackrose's Avatar
*blackrose *blackrose is offline
"I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 6,747

Originally Posted by Ilovedogs56 View Post
What breeds do you think are "easy" or good for first time dog owners? I know Goldens and Labs are a couple of them.
I actually don't consider Labradors "easy" at all. Goldens maybe a bit more so, but people don't seem to understand that they are RETRIEVERS that are highly active and very mouthy that need a lot of attention, training, and exercise to mature to be a good family pet. Add on the fact that the average pet breeder is pumping out dogs with questionable temperaments and health...not easy at all. We had a client who had purchased a Golden Retriever pup as their very first ever dog, because "they had heard such wonderful things about them". Then they proceeded to label their 9 week old, spunky, amazing puppy as "dominant" and "aggressive" and "out of control" because she barked at them, mouthed them, and jumped on them. Yes. Such a correct diagnosis. All the while this poor puppy just needed some clear, consistent signals from them that they were NOT giving (nothing like yelling sitsitsitsitsitsit while getting progressively louder and clicking a clicker to mark nothing to get your puppy to listen to you).

So, in short, I think if you've never had ANY experience around a dog, at all, that the best thing for you to do would be to adopt an adult, trained dog from a rescue or breeder that can match your needs, wants, and expectations to the dog.

If you've been around dogs, know about dogs in general, and are willing to attend classes/devote the proper time/do your research, I think adopting either a puppy of a breed that is known for its amenability or an adult of a "harder" breed (a breed more prone to shyness or aggression) isn't a bad choice. If it is your first time with a puppy, it's harder to screw up a pup that is genetically programmed to be social, sweet, and friendly than it would be a pup that has fearful or aggressive tendencies.

Breeds or dogs that are bred for sport or working homes should hopefully never be in the hands of someone who is a "first time" owner, unless they have extensive experience with dogs. I'm not talking about the dog person who is getting their first dog and wants to do agility and disc with a Border Collie, I'm talking about a family with 2.5 kids and a white picket fence going out to the farm and picking up a stock working cattle dog pup to be their toddler's companion, because they had a cattle dog growing up that was just the best dog, even though they haven't had a dog for the past 20 years and their living environment now is not what their environment was 20 years ago when they had their awesome cattle dog.
Cynder, Daddy's girl Little Lab muttly and Abrams, Momma's boy Chesapeake Bay Retriever
~*~ DOB 1/28/2006 ~*~ DOB 4/11/13 ~*~

Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 12:25 PM
Fran101's Avatar
Fran101 Fran101 is offline
Resident fainting goat
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 12,538

Cavaliers are my go to first time dog breed...short of some health issues (heart problems I believe)
I've never met one that wasn't a fantastic sweet little companion dog.

Most of the time, I suggest an honest rescue that utilizes foster homes, and a dog of any breed/mix that has some training/maturity, 4 years old is usually kind of the sweet spot.

Disclaimer: I work for Trupanion and love it/our policy! But I do not speak for the company or as the company.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 12:57 PM
emc emc is offline
Show Dog
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 233

In reality there really is no "easy" dog breed since all require time and care. The best thing for first time dog owners would be to educate themselves on the type of breed that would be best suited to their lifestyle and on how to train.
My Dog Art
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 01:06 PM
JayBear JayBear is offline
Active Pup
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 16

For a complete novice older rescue would be better and going more on personality and whether its had any training. Not all dogs in rescue are problem dogs some are there cos their owner passed away and they've no one else. That owner might have done a lot of training with the dog.

We've had mixture of rescues from 4 month old, 18 months old to an oldie ..13yr old whose elderly owner died..he lived another 5 years...and a pedigree puppy from 8 weeks old. My next will be an older rescue as I'm not getting any younger myself and will be in my 50's if my younger collie lives to 14yrs + same as my old girl.

I would say for person to take into consideration their own age too but most rescues wouldn't give a pensioner a young puppy. Puppies are cute but hard work..If you want small and cute go for an older toy/companion breed such as Lhasa Apso etc.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 02:09 PM
thehoundgirl thehoundgirl is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,276

I agree Labs and Goldens aren't really easy dogs. They have a lot of energy and of course have to be trained like any dog. I've met some laid back Labs and Goldens but they were probably trained by their old owners. But I have met more gogogo Labs and Goldens than not. They are retrievers after all.

I can't really think of a dog that is an easy breed to be honest... dogs need to be trained and are going to have energy Labs & Goldens included. It really depends on the dog, not the actual breed IMO.

There can be laid back Hounds, Labs, Goldens, Chihuahuas, Terriers, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds etc. My hound was laid back for the most part. But he was not an easy dog. He was stubborn but that's what made him.. him. My Rottweiler Mix wasn't laid back either. She wasn't even when she hit her older years.

I have met senior Labs and Goldens that I wouldn't consider easy. But most Labs & Goldens are easy to please by playing fetch all day.. but that doesn't mean they are "easy" dogs. It just means they are easily pleased and do everything you ask of them because they want to please you too!

And I know you want to know more about breeds since you're considering getting a dog and I think it's great you are inquiring about breeds that may be for you!

Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 02:43 PM
milos_mommy's Avatar
milos_mommy milos_mommy is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 14,892

Goldens and labs are NOT "easy" breeds and that's why so many end up homeless.

I think of breeds like shih tzus, Cavaliers, maybe retired racing greyhounds....if you're not concerned about health issues, maybe frenchies and pugs. I think it really really depends on the family or who I'm recommending the breed to, though. Dogs aren't really "easy" pets. They require a lot of work and time and money. But for first time dog owners that don't seem to be very knowledgable about training, a cavalier, shih tzu, or possibly beagle is what I recommend.

Labs and goldens are easy to train, but have pretty high exercise requirements.

I'm sure this won't be a popular answer, but many of the pit bull mixes or pit bull type terriers we have come through rescues are pretty great first dogs (as adults).
"My favorite color is green, green like newly cut grass. When it comes to green with envy, though, you can stick it up your @ss!" ~ Grammy
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 02:53 PM
thehoundgirl thehoundgirl is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,276

I do agree that Pit bulls and mixes definitely can be for first time dog owners if you do your research to make sure they are the right dog for you. The young adults I have met were definitely not easy dogs.. because they lacked leash manners at the shelter I worked at.

But, that wasn't their fault.. some people just don't teach proper leash manners or basic commands. Plus in a kennel with all that energy they get a little restless but after they work off their energy they are fine. For a pit bull or mix I'd suggest 4 years and and up. That way they are more mature.

I haven't met any cavaliers so I don't have a take on that or retired greyhounds. But pugs can definitely be a good first dog. I have met ones that are just.. goofy but nothing major. Just happy with life. Also I think chihuahuas or mixes could be good first dogs as well if you want a dog that doesn't like everyone he/she meets lol. But it depends on the individual dog not the breed of course.

And shih tzus I agree can be great first dogs.. but you really have to up keep a good grooming plan if you're up to that. Besides that they aren't really high maintenance.

They are generally one person dogs but that varies on the individual dog. I have met chihuahuas who love everyone but I have also met some picky ones that are one person dogs.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 03:25 PM
pinkspore's Avatar
pinkspore pinkspore is offline
Bat Ears Only
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Central California
Posts: 653

I usually recommend shin tzus for sedentary people who want a dog to keep them company. All the shihs I've known have been happy little munchkins who are great with kids. They're also the only breed I know that genuinely does not want to go for a walk. I've hears those exist, but all my shih tzu buddies have either hidden at the sight on the leash or tried to chew through it so they could stand there smugly on the sidewalk.

Cavaliers are great, and I know more good cockers than bad at this point.

Brisbane CGC: ACD/devil
Ru: just like a dog only smaller
Brisbane's Bark Blog
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 03:28 PM
Slick's Avatar
Slick Slick is offline
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 341

I don't really believe in the "first time dog owner breed".

If you get an "easy" dog that doesn't match your personality at all, you are going to have a hard time.

Instead, I think it is much more important to look at individual dogs of breeds that match your wants and desires, and your own personality.

Leo is my ideal "first time dog owner" dog. Perfect! He would not necessarily be the perfect dog for another first time dog owner. My needs are different from other peoples.

Leo is "easy" because he has an extremely good off switch in the house, and he doesn't have major issues. He is extremely easily trainable and doesn't destroy anything. Every body he meets dotes on what an amazing dog Leo is.

Leo is "hard" in that he is an extremely active, high energy dog who NEEDS a good run (walks do nothing) every day. He also would not do well with a dominance based trainer, because he is not easily intimidated. He is "soft" in that he really really cares about what I think...but he can be "hard" in other ways. There is no doubt in my mind that he would bite if he was regularly scruffed or alpha rolled. He doesn't get scared by physical violence at all, and his reaction is much more "You stop that right now". Now, that doesn't bother me at all because I don't use negative physical corrections, but a different unknowledgable first time dog owner could definitely get bit by him.

I think Leo is a GREAT first time dog . For me. He would not necessarily be a great first time dog for certain other people. The same thing applies for many other dogs.

Leo: 1.5 year old border collie/cattle dog mix
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:55 AM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site