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  • Writer's pictureMeileen Yee

Top Dog Breeds for Families

When searching for a new addition to the family, you may want to consider breeds that are commonly deemed as family-friendly. Generally, these include dogs that are affectionate with temperaments suitable for people of differing ages.

Here are 8 of the best dog breeds for families.

Labrador Retriever

Labs are the most common dogs in the U.S., perhaps due to their playful and friendly nature. They are also trainable and very active, so they are great for active families.

Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers, like labs, are very trainable and active. Their loyalty, patience, playfulness, and affectionate nature make them great for children.


Bulldogs are one of the best breeds for children because of their friendliness, patience, and loyalty. They are easy-going while also very affectionate. Because of their size and low activity level, they can live in a wide range of home environments.


Beagles are amicable dogs who love to play and run around. Despite this, they also have a calm temperament which makes them a great family dog.

Irish Setter

Irish Setters love people, especially children to play with. They are high-energy (while still being great play-mates) and very active, so they need plenty of exercise.


Intelligent, patient, and loyal, Newfoundlands make for a great family dog. They are famously known for their sweetness and are particularly good for children.


Collies are affectionate, loyal, and active. Because of their herding nature, they are very trainable and responsive, which makes them great for new dog owners. Just be prepared for the possibility of your Collie herding your children.

Bull Terrier

Bred to be a companion dog, Bull terriers are very friendly and are good with people of all ages. They are more prone to mischief than other breeds, but problems can easily be avoided by keeping an eye on them.

While these breeds are generally great companions for families, it’s important to also keep in mind the variances in the personality of different dogs within one breed. Overall, the main thing to consider when finding the right dog for your family is temperament. Finding a breed and individual with the energy to match your family’s will make for a happy family.

And if you already have a dog and are looking to add another fur baby to your family check out our blog post about how to introduce your new dog to your current dog! We hope this helps you in finding the right breed for you and your family!


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