15 Small & Mixed Breeds That Are Good For First Time Pet Parents

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Are you new to the dog world and looking for a dog that needs a good home? Many experts advise first-time dog parents to start with a small dog. “But I want a big dog!” you could say.

I will try to make a case for smaller dogs. Here are a few reasons why beginners should start with a small dog:

  • Small dogs won’t outgrow their collars, crates, beds or other accessories, meaning you’ll have more money in your pocket!
  • They produce less doggy doo, and that means less poop to scoop.
  • They eat less, so you keep even more money in your pocket.
  • Little pooches can’t reach those steaks you left to thaw on the counter!

Here are some excellent dog breeds and hybrid breeds for first-time pet parents. And remember, you can get just about any breed of dog at a rescue or shelter. Checking out DogTime’s adoption page that allows you to search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!

There are many other dog breeds that make great puppies for the first time! I am personally a fan of the mutt or rescue dog, and senior dogs are great first time dogs as they are often house trained and know how to walk on a leash.

If you’re looking for a dog, check out your local shelters and rescues to find the perfect dog for you!

What breed was your first dog? Are there any types of dogs you recommend for first-time pet parents? Let us know in the comments below!

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