With the holiday season upon us, guests arrive on our doorstep. Protective dog breeds may tolerate new company but sigh with relief when they leave. After all, many working and herding breeds were developed to watch (not cheer!) strangers. Other breeds like a few quiet visitors, but don’t appreciate loud, noisy groups. And, of course, some individual dogs, regardless of breed, are so purely family-focused that they scowl when the doorbell rings.
Today, we’re talking to five breeds that are good with holiday guests — and will likely entertain them, too.
1. French Bulldog
We delight in guests, as well as the morsels they drop. We’re also sufficiently self-assured to snooze (and snore!) smack dab in the middle of get-togethers when we need naps. Developed from English Bulldogs, we’re well-tempered, easy-to-keep and calm companions. But don’t think for one minute that laid-back means dull: I’ll sparkle and shine for visitors. I also won’t hassle you for long walks while you’re entertaining. I might, however, stand on your guests’ feet while they snack, reminding them of my presence and interest. My solemn expression disguises my passion for comedy; I’m called a clown in a philosopher’s cloak for good reason. Let’s start the party!
2. Coton de Tulear
A true social butterfly, I’ll roll out the carpet for visitors. Let’s share some stories about my history, for I’m the subject of fanciful, delightful folklore. My ancestors are legendary for surviving shipwrecks, swimming ashore from pirate ships or being carried to land by noble ladies. However my forefathers arrived, they became the much-loved Royal Dog of Madagascar. I’m fluffy and cheerful, small but sturdy, and jolly on any day, holiday or not. I’ll greet guests with gusto, as well as a jig, a smile or a clever vocalization. Because I’m an adaptable breed, my family can turn up the holiday tunes, decorate the house (in all those odd human-devised ways!) and open the door to many friends. Neither flashy guests nor spirited talk chases me from the room. Both my antics and beauty crave an appreciative audience.
3. Bichon Frise
Since I’m known as “the Love Dog,” it’s no surprise that I love meeting guests. Developed in the Mediterranean from Poodles and Water Spaniels, we were gifted by sailors to ladies in ports and traded by various sea merchants. Our powder puff appearance and merry nature made us valuable bequests back in sea-faring days. Today, we’ll alert you to your guests’ arrival, but we certainly won’t shoo them away. We’ll charm your guests with affection and maybe a few spontaneous shows. We have a natural love of the performing arts; some of us worked as circus dogs. In addition to all those lovely traits, we also don’t shed much. Your guests won’t leave covered in dog hair!
4. Golden Retriever
Sporty and enthusiastic, we’re keen on new playmates. If you can throw a ball at the same time you sip your holiday beverage, you’ll be my new best friend. We were developed as outstanding gundogs for retrieving fowl in Scotland. One of our breed’s founders, Lord Tweedmouth, helped nurture our athleticism, passion for water and gentle mouths. My openhearted spirit and positive energy will make any guest feel at home. My hosting skills are golden: I excitedly await my guests, I amuse them while they’re here, and I look sad when they leave. They came for my benefit, right?
5. Bernese Mountain Dog
I’m in the working group, bred in Switzerland as a general farm dog. I pulled carts to market, drove dairy cattle, watched for trespassers and kept my farmer company while he worked. These days, I’m family-focused, but relatively calm about newcomers. Unlike some breeds that instantly delight in guests, we may briefly check out strangers. Our breed standard says it’s OK if we’re slightly aloof initially. But with our generous and affectionate nature, we usually warm up quickly. We’ll soon be soaking up attention and adding to the celebration.
Tell us: Is your dog good with holiday guests? In your experience, what dogs are good with holiday guests?
This piece was originally published in 2017.
Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Gordon Deen, French Bulldog Club of America, fbdca.org.
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10 thoughts on “5 Dog Breeds That Are Good with Holiday Guests”
Hey, My Mini Pincher loves house guests, but only after sniffing and growling a couple times first lol
Great Danes love house guests, ones that do not know the dogs are the frightened ones. Over a 32 yr. period I have owned 14, usually 2 at one time loving and loyal and tolerant to little ones and handicapped, as I can attest to is the nature of the Dane. I also owned 2 Bishions and now adopted 2 Maltese 8 yrs. young . The Maltese like to be recognized first and they will just watch the room for the person who will pay attention, something these two crave and we give it to them, they deserve it, they came to us at a very good time for after all dog spelt backwards spells GOD
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I think the German shepherd will be a good choice, but a friend of mine is insisting of red tiger bulldog, In a fix between the two.
Ya i do own one as well its good to take it with you 🙂
After going through the article i think German Shepherd is good as well. I own one and i took it with me 0n vacations and really enjoyed the time spend with it.
I am having red tiger bulldog and it is one of its kind. i think they are the most complete breed according to their living nature and friendly characteristic.
Pugs are another friendly breed. My pugs love to have company over. Kids are always welcomed.
I have 2 adult Rottweilers and have had a total of 4 Rottweilers in my life sine 1990 & never once have I had a problem letting anyone in my home.
I tell them, “it’s ok” and as long as no one hurts me, they’re safe.
They are a very misunderstood awesome breed.
If anyone tried to hurt me, that would be a different outcome I’m sure but that’s never happened.
Thanks for listening,
That great looking Golden boy is proud to share top five status with those other breeds! Thanks for another wonderful piece that informs and entertains.