If you’re looking for a large breed dog for your family, there are a lot of things to consider and a variety of dogs to choose from. We know it’s hard to choose just one of them but the type of dog you pick really depends on your household needs. Where your pet will stay, whether it will be comfortable in the hot summers of Georgia, and if it’s a great companion for your children are all questions you need to ask yourself before picking out the perfect dog for your family. Here are a few answers to those questions based on the most popular large breed dogs in the area.
German Shorthaired Pointer
These are great hunting dogs so they’re a pretty popular choice in our area. They love water and have a short coat the repels dirt and keeps water out, allowing them to easily and naturally regulate their temperature. They’re energetic and playful so a big yard (with a fence to keep them in) is a great place for these pups.
These dogs are giant snuggle bunnies and they love the warmth. They’ll gladly laze around in the sun or find a heater vent to sit by. They’re not very active and typically won’t be the ideal hiking or running companion but are the perfect clumsy and gentle dog for your children.
This is one of the best dogs for a family with a lot of space. They’re energetic, smart, and love water. They have water-resistant fur and webbed feet, so a small pond, river, or pool near your backyard is a great asset for them. They’re very easy-going and gets along well with other dogs and children.
American Water Spaniel
Another tireless breed, this spaniel has a great coat to avoid briars, water, and dirt from sticking. They love hot weather and will jump in a body of water without hesitation. They have a lot of energy and need a physical and mental challenge to keep occupied.
One of the few breeds native to America, this dog is great for families. They have short hair, making it easier to regulate their temperature and love to be active. They’re traditionally hunting dogs, so they’re used to long excursions and lots of movement.
In no way is this an exhaustive list of your large breed options but these of the most popular ones for our climate and area. You may want a specific one or be open to any of them as you pet shop (check out shelters, too!) Consider your family’s needs, and whether you have plenty of time and room to devote to these active animals. To keep them in your backyard when they’re running around and burning off energy, consider a fence that your pup can’t jump over or dig under. Contact us today to find out more about our dog-friendly fences or kennels.