Top 8 Dog Breeds for Families with Children

Getting a dog is a big decision. However, the choices don’t end there since you now need to decide what breed of dog is right for your family. There’s a lot to consider including your living situation, your family’s lifestyle, as well as your needs. There are plenty of great dogs to choose from, so do a little shopping around before you make a decision.  

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are among the most popular dogs for families. They are very easy-going dogs with a lot of energy. This makes them perfect for families who love to exercise or have a big yard. However, it’s important that you make sure they get plenty of exercise including games, fetching, and even swimming. Lack of exercise can lead to unwanted behaviors. In general, they are easy to care for and groom. Labs tend to get along well with kids as well as other pets. They also take well to training which can be helpful to improve their interactions with others. One of the biggest perks is that labs are extremely friendly. They have been bred to be companion dogs and will make a loving addition to your family.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature poodles have many wonderful traits including the fact that they are one of the most hypoallergenic dog breeds. They produce fewer allergens which means they are good for kids with allergies. This is also helpful if you have friends or family who have allergies that come to visit. While they’re known for their stylish look, poodles are also very intelligent animals. They are responsive and easily trained. They also adapt well to most situations. Miniature poodles are great with children and other animals, so much so that their friendly nature doesn't go well to being good guard dogs. These dogs are very graceful and loyal and love to be around people.


Bulldogs are known to be very calm and even tempered. They will be patient with small children and they are sturdy dogs that will handle rougher play. However, they aren’t extremely active dogs, but they do make great companion dogs. Bulldogs are very loyal and protective. You won’t have to worry about them hurting your kids because it’s in their nature to look after them. There are three main types of bulldogs: French, English, and American. French bulldogs may be stubborn but they are very intelligent. Meanwhile, English bulldogs love to play and cuddle and American bulldogs are very loyal and loving. Each type has its own quirks but all of them benefit from proper training. Some of this training includes socializing your bulldog as well as establishing yourself as the “pack leader.” Overall, bulldogs are great family dogs.


Beagles are perfect for families. First of all, they are very friendly and sociable dogs. They like to spend time with their family and will often make new friends. Originally bred as hunting dogs, they love to go exploring and don’t tire easily. This is perfect if your family likes to go out for walks along trails. However, they do tend to follow their nose so it’s best to keep them on a leash. Beagles are smaller in size and don’t require frequent trips to the groomer. You should still give them regular care including checking their ears weekly for infection. Overall, they are very intelligent, affectionate, and cheerful. They will enjoy playing with your children and spending time with your family.

Irish Setter

Irish Setters are less common but still good with families. They love to be around people and are very playful and loyal. These dogs are perfect for active families who love to jog, walk, or play outdoors. Irish Setters need plenty of exercise and are very energetic. Although lively, they also love to sit and cuddle next to you quietly. Be cautioned that some may think of themselves as lap dogs despite their larger size. Irish Setters are very intelligent and can be easily trained. They also have a beautiful red coat and a graceful look to them.


Collies are a well-rounded dog for any family. First of all, they are devoted to their family and love to spend time with them. Collies particularly love to be around children and they will do well when meeting others. They also make great watch dogs, as they are very protective by nature. You can depend on them to keep your children safe. One of the perks of Collies is that they are usually well-behaved and even-tempered. They are also very intelligent which makes them fast learners and easy to train. These elegant looking dogs are calm and gentle and will fit well with most families.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels love to be around people, especially children. They also love to be in the middle of the action and will want to be included in everything your family does. They are very gentle, loving dogs who will show your family affection. Their gentle nature also makes them good therapy dogs or as a companion to more sensitive children. In general, they aren’t aggressive dogs and are good companions to children and the elderly. They also can be good with other pets. Overall, these dogs are easy going and will fit right in with your family.


Pugs are a loving addition to any family with small children. These dogs love to cuddle and be around people since they were bred as lap dogs. They are very playful, but also gentle and they will follow you everywhere. Since they’re so small, pugs don’t require a lot of exercise. They also have little maintenance, but do still require some brushing. Of course, since they’re so snuggly they love a good brushing. Pugs are perfect for smaller spaces and quieter families. They do sleep a lot more than most dogs. They are also very intelligent which leads to them being easily trained.

A dog can be a wonderful addition to your family. Your dog can play with your kids, be a protector, and give your family plenty of unconditional love. Consider the needs of your family and do plenty of research to see what breed of dog would be perfect for you.

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