LABRADORS have been named Orange's top dogs on a list of the most popular family dog breeds around town.
Pet Insurance Australia has compiled the top 10 list that is sure to create a few dog fights among pet lovers.
Labradors came out on top of the family-friendly list, followed by golden retrievers and cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Many mixed breeds also make wonderful family pets, so do your research and start lifestyle matching your perfect pup.
Beagles, boxers, poodles, Hungarian viszlas, Boston terriers, bulldogs and Irish setters rounded out the top 10, but PIA spokeswoman Nadia Crighton said families should also consider mixed breed dogs or rescue dogs when choosing a new member of the family.
"Your local shelter will have a wonderful understanding of what pup will best suit your lifestyle and many times you can 'try before you buy' to ensure you are the perfect match," Ms Crighton said.
"Many mixed breeds also make wonderful family pets, so do your research and start lifestyle matching your perfect pup."
The report also stressed the importance of socialising a new dog.
"It's a common mistake that many 'pet only' homes make in the early days," Ms Crighton said.
"So, if you are a young couple and you are thinking of getting a puppy, don't forget to make an extra effort to socialise your pup around children of all ages and continue this into their adult lives.
"Then if your plans change - and you do invite the pitter-patter of little feet into your home - your fully-grown dog will happily adjust."
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