Looking for the Best Dog Breeds for Families with Children?

Looking for the best dog breeds for families with children? It is really something to think about if you are looking to add a new pup to the family.

Looking for the best dog breeds for families with children? It is really something to think about if you are looking to add a new pup to the family. You have to consider many things when bringing home a new dog, your life style and living space in addition to the ages of the children in your home. Not only that, but you need to provide a healthy diet and nutrition for the dog, vet visits, grooming and other dog supplies.

If you have a family and are thinking of adding a new dog to it, it is very important to find one with a good temperament.  It must be patient, kind, loving and love all the members of the family.

Below is a list that we have put together of the best family dogs for you.

1.) Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Dog


The most perfect dog for a family is the Lab. They love kids of all ages, all people, and other animals. They have a very laid back personality and love to show affection to all. Labs are easy to train because they are very smart. As for grooming, all they need is a little brushing.

Labs do have a lot of energy and need daily playtimes that include exercise. If you are a lover of the outdoors and are a very active family, a Labrador Retriever is a good dog for you. They are the all around perfect dog for a family.

2.) Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever Dog

Another All-American family favorite dog breed is the Golden Retriever. They are just about tied with the Labrador. Goldens are smart, loyal and fun dogs. They are very active and love to play with children which will make a great playmate for your kids.

Grooming a Golden can be a little more work as they do need brushing a couple days of the week. It is also very important to feed them a good quality diet.

3.) Beagle

Beagle Dog

Next up is the Beagle! They are medium size, happy and friendly family dogs. Beagles love the outdoors and enjoy being active. They are smart and have a calm temperament that is great with children.

As for their grooming needs, the need regular bathing and shed a bit, but considering how lovable they are, it won’t even bother you.

4.) Boxer

Boxer Dog

Boxers are fun, loving and friendly dogs. They make a great addition to any family. They are charming and very protective and patient with children of all ages.

Young Boxers love to jump and do have a lot of energy. These dogs need exercise and a lot of play time. They do get in the outdoors and will keep you active. Make sure to feed these dogs a good diet since they prone to food allergies.

5.) Pug

pug dog

The above dogs were for active families. We know not all families are into that lifestyle so we have a great option for you. The pug is a great family dog is you are more into chilling at home and watching tv. This dog is more than happy to lay right next to you snooze away. Although they love to be lazy, they don’t mind playing with the children as well.

They are funny looking dogs that also don’t need a big yard due to their size and activity level. You do have to watch this dogs weight as they have a tendency to gain weight. You need to be careful at what you feed them.

6.) Newfoundland

Newfoundland dog

Newfoundland’s are another great addition to the family. Do not be intimidated by this dogs size, these dogs are so gentle and protective of children. For these reasons they are known and the “nanny dog” just like the dog in Peter Pan

They only concern with these dogs is there side and having a large enough yard for them. As for grooming, they do shed a bit and drool here and there.

7.) Poodle

poodle dog

Everyone knows of the poodle. They come in all different sizes and colors. Poodles are one of the smartest dogs out there. They are loyal and faithful to their owners. Poodles do have a lot of energy as well so expect to keep them busy with exercise and play as well.

Grooming does need to be done with poodle, but on the plus side they shed very little making them a great dog to add to families with allergies.

8.) Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Dog

Bichons are a great, low shedding addition to most families. They are very friendly as well and great companions for children of all ages. Bichons get along with most other pets so if you already have a dog or cat they are one to consider.

They are hypoallergenic, leaving very little hair on the furniture and around the house. They will need some grooming here and there to control the hair growth. Here is where you can get them some great deals on dog food delivered to your door.

9.) Weimaraner

Weimaraner Dog

The Weimaraner, also known as the “Grey ghosts,” are stunningly beautiful and elegant dogs. As for adding them to the family, they love kids and can quickly adapt to their family becoming an integral part of it.

You will be needing to spend time outdoors with them and give them lots of exercise as well since they are high energy. They are very smart and clever dogs. It will expect you to train it properly and challenge it mentally so make sure that you have the proper time to give to this type of dog.

10.) Adopt or Rescue

Rescue Mutt Dog

There is something about a rescued dog that they are always willing to make you happy and love you so deeply. If you can adopt from your local shelter, you will be changing a dog’s life forever. It is also a great lesson to the children about empathy and helping those in need.

Some people even believe that rescued dogs or mixed breeds are smarter and healthier than pure bred dogs. Some rescues have gotten to know the dogs up for adoption and can make suggestions on which will be a great addition to your family. Make sure to feed your dog only the top dog food to live a long and healthy life.

A Dog is a Commitment


The best family dog is the one which will suit your lifestyle, your home space, your daily regimen and the number and age of the kids you have. Whichever dog you choose to add to your family, it will bring a whole new experience for all family members. It is very likely that a new dog will change your lives by making you more active, helping you meet new friends, exploring new places around or away from your home, teaching your children to be responsible and sharing,  and by bringing all family members together for fun games and playtime!