Best Breeds for Dads this Father’s Day

Mira Gibson

Father’s Day is right around the corner! If your dad has been dropping hints about getting a dog, then Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to give him the gift that will love him for more than a decade—a new puppy!

When it comes to giving your dad, or anyone for that matter, a puppy as a gift, the most important thing is to make sure that the person really does want a dog and can care for the dog long-term. That’s our only caveat. Never get a puppy for someone as a gift unless you know for sure they want it!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, what dog breed should you get your dad this Father’s Day? There are 5 dog breeds that we recommend for dads. The breeds on our list are also great family dogs and are gentle around children of all ages. 

We wish all the fathers out there a very happy Father’s Day!


The most popular dog breed in America is the Labrador Retriever, and more than 9 times out of 10 this breed is chosen for families with children, as opposed to a dog owner who is single or coupled without kids. What makes this breed so beloved is the fact that these dogs are great with children of all ages. 

Bear in mind, the trick with high-energy Labs is to use the full 8 months of puppyhood to thoroughly train your Labrador. Without proper training, this highly intelligent breed could behave in a boisterous manner. This won’t result in dangers to your children, but it could result in unruly behavior such as stealing food off the table or coveting those special occasion dress shoes. 


You were probably expecting to find this popular, lovable breed on our list! Golden Retrievers have long since established their trustworthy reputation of being excellent family dogs and patient with children of all ages. If you have toddlers or are still expecting your first child, then the Golden Retriever is the ideal breed for you. This dog’s patience is never-ending, and they won’t retaliate or complain if your baby tugs their ears or otherwise latches on. 


Goldendoodles have become very popular in recent years as one of the best dog breeds for families with children. This breed is actually a hybrid between the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle. These loveable dogs have a “teddy bear” appearance and are very soft to the touch. Given their need for affection and desire to be close with their owners, Mini Goldendoodles and Mini Goldendoodles have been melting hearts for over 20 years!


Originally a cattle herding dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi will be an excellent life companion to any father who likes a fair blend of outdoor exercise and snuggling at home. The Corgi breed is known for being an excellent family dog, so if your dad is still very much a family man and not an empty nester, the Corgi can bring a lot of joy to the whole household. 

Corgis are better suited for pet parents who are willing to put in the extra training time, as Corgis tend to be a little stubborn. This is never a bad thing for dads who will enjoy the bonding time and genuinely like training their new furry friend to behave in specific ways and perform specific tasks. If your dad is the type of man who loves a good, long-term project, then he’ll likely love the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. 


Boxers make great dogs for first-time puppy owners, which means your dad will love a Boxer puppy for Father’s Day. On the trainability scale, Boxers are considered “eager to please,” which means you won’t have to struggle to assert your dominance and get your Boxer to obey you. To the contrary, your Boxer will happily follow your rules, your schedule, and you around the house. They’re moderately adaptable and good with children and strangers. When it comes to the downsides of owning a dog, Boxers have zero problematic characteristics, which makes them a perfect breed for new puppy parents. You can count on your Boxer to be fun-loving, active, and keen to your commands!

Those are our 5 dog breed recommendations for dads this Father’s Day. Do you know which breed you’re going to get your dad for Father’s Day? If you’d like help decided, come into our Boca Raton location and the pet counselors at PuppyBuddy can help match you with the best dog breed for your dad’s personality!