The 7 Best Dog Breeds for Families

Having a dog can teach us a lot about ourselves and is also a great opportunity to teach children in your family lessons, regardless of age, from responsibility to patience and compassion. But not every breed of dog is the right fit for a household with children, and if you and your family are on the hunt for a new four-legged family member, you may be wondering what the best dog breeds are to bring into your family fold.

You’ll have to take into consideration your living arrangements, the level of activities on your family schedule, and of course, your budget, but when becoming a dog owner, adopting the right breed is worth the research and consideration. Keep reading for the best dog breeds for families and find your future Fido.

1. Bernese Mountain Dog

Known for its massive size and beautiful coloring, the Bernese Mountain Dog makes a perfect addition to any family household, especially if you live in a large home. The Bernese Mountain Dog traditionally weighs well over 100 lb, but they are warm-hearted and very kind-natured with children of all ages. Their gorgeous black, white and brown coats with a hint of curl makes them stand out at the dog park or on neighborhood walks.

2. Poodle Mixes

While there are many different variations of poodle mixes, they make one of the best family dogs as they are energetic, playful, and incredibly loving. If you have younger children, a good poodle mix can make you an excellent childhood companion as well as a playmate. Common mixes with poodles are Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Yorkies, and Labrador Retrievers. 

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have long been associated with royalty as they make excellent lap dogs and loving companions. They come in several color variations from tricolor, Ruby, and Blenheim. While they’re not quite a toy breed, these small to medium-sized dogs get along with everyone, from kids to cats and other dogs. Their beautiful hair does take some extra attention and grooming, but their sweet eyes make everything worth it.

4. Labrador Retriever

One of the most iconic family dogs is the labrador retriever which has reigned as the most popular dog breed for decades. Labs love all human beings and other pets; frankly, they love everything. They have a sweet and kind demeanor as well as high energy levels. They tend to run on the bigger side, between 65 to 80 lb, and need exercise every day, making them a great addition to the family that enjoys walking, hiking, or lives on a larger property.

5. English Bulldogs

A family dog list is only complete with the adorable English Bulldog! These laid-back lovers are a perfect fit because they need little exercise and love a good nap on the couch or bed with their family members. Their wrinkly faces are beloved by all but require extra grooming and care. This breed has short snouts, making them prone to overheating and respiratory distress. The health issues that may come with bulldog ownerships are worth it in cuddles, love, and a uniquely adorable appearance. They also make excellent protectors for young children.

6. Beagles

Beagles are known as the ultimate companion dog; they thrive on friendship and loving relationships. If you live in a household where your pet will be left alone for long periods, a beagle is not the right fit for your family. However, if you work from home, these pack animals are some of the most loyal dog breeds and want nothing more than to stay by your side.

7. Golden Retriever

Another retriever that has to be added to the list is the Golden Retriever, an American favorite. They are, in many ways, the quintessential family dog. They’re very smart and quick learners that require a lot of physical activity, such as running, playing fetch, and swimming. Golden Retrievers are known as living hugs by their owners, and they also live long lives, making them a great addition to families adding a pet while their children are still quite small.

Finding the perfect fit of dog breed for your family doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. By choosing one of the breeds mentioned above, you can be sure you’ll have a loving companion ready to protect and play with your entire family, no matter the age of everyone in the household. Here’s to happy years and wagging tails!