It goes without saying that dogs are a great addition to many households. Modern day households are becoming busier, perhaps if you’re working from home more, have children, or have lots of visitors – so which breed of dog could be suitable for you? 

What characteristics should I look out for?

Some characteristics may suggest a dog that could adapt well to a busy environment. This might include, but is not limited to the following

They are calm and good-natured 

In more hectic environments, it can be easy for dogs to become overwhelmed. A dog that can take themselves off for a nap despite the goings-on around will make for a great addition.

They are good with people, particularly children

Some dogs may struggle in the presence of lots of people, so a well-socialised dog is a must. They must also be able to cope with the excitability of children, not something every dog will be capable of.

Their size is appropriate for your household

Live in a flat but want a Great Dane? Think about whether this is going to be the best match! You may also need to consider breed size when thinking about how much exercise you are able to give a dog.

Are certain breeds better?

While every dog has their own unique personality, certain breeds have more predictable characteristics that could make them a good choice for your busy home.

The Labrador 

Known for being friendly, adaptable and relatively easy to train, Labradors have a good reputation for being great family dogs. They require a moderate amount of exercise but will also happily spend their time snoozing once they’ve stretched their legs. It is worth noting that young Labs can be very bouncy so keep this in mind if you have small children

The Golden Retriever 

Similar to Labradors, this breed is very popular, and it’s easy to see why! They’re certainly not couch potatoes but won’t require the extensive amount of exercise other breeds will. 

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier 

While sometimes getting a bit of a bad rep, Staffies can in fact be wonderful family dogs and be fantastic with children. Friendly and loving, in the right environment and with a suitable background these dogs can really thrive.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

These dogs have a lovely temperament and are very easy going, making them a good low maintenance choice if you’re looking for a smaller pet too. The downside is that they are notorious for having some health conditions, so do your research if you are interested in this breed.

The Poodle 

Intelligent and gentle, this breed could be another good choice, as long as you are able to provide the mental stimulation they require. Allergic to dog hair? These guys shed less, reducing the problem!

Anything I should avoid? 

In theory, this is a decision only you can make. However, it would be wise to consider how much time you can dedicate to exercising and training your new dog. 

Can I rescue? 

Depending on the individual animal, a rescue dog could be introduced into a busy household, especially given that all sorts of breeds are found in rescue centres nowadays. You will need to work alongside the rescue centre to ensure that your home is suitable. Remember that many rescues will come with their quirks and may need extra care and attention, so only take on one of these animals if you know you can dedicate the time they need. That being said, rescuing a dog can be hugely rewarding and there’s no reason why one couldn’t settle well into a lively household and become and well-loved member of your family.

What can I do to help my dog settle? 

When you first introduce your new dog to your home, there are certainly things you can do to help them feel more comfortable in this new place, as well as settle into the environment that will become their norm. 


Establishing a routine early on can be very helpful for both dog and owner. This can mean walks at similar times, meal times and bedtime. Particularly in a busy household, this continuity can be extremely important. 

Crate training

Some find crate training their dog can be really helpful in creating a safe and calm environment for a dog within the home that they can take themselves off to if they need to. Make it extra cosy with their bed, some toys and a blanket. Pheromone plug-ins and sprays can also be useful in reducing anxiety.


Socialisation and training will go a long way, whatever breed you have. Whether you have a puppy or a rescue, ensure you instil good manners from early on. It will make your life and your relationship with your dog much happier!

Body language

It may also be helpful to learn more about dog behaviour and reading body language. Even the best-behaved animals can only cope with so much, so educate yourself as much as you can so that you can make your home as stress-free as possible.

In conclusion…

Whatever breed you choose is your personal choice and needs to work for you and your lifestyle. You might find it more useful to look for traits and characteristics rather than specific breeds. Do your research and keep in mind everything mentioned above. Good luck finding your new furry companion!

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