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Best Family Dog Breeds

If you are looking for a family pet, a dog may be a perfect choice. Not all dogs are created the same they have different personality foundation traits per breed.

Some breeds certainly make better pets for families with children than others. 

Below are the top five best dogs I know are suited for families with children. I also answer some questions that can help you even further. 

These dogs are all friendly by breed trait, playful and great with kids. 

Any of these dog breeds will provide your family with years of companionship, love and happy memories.

Top five best dogs breeds that are suited for families with children

  1. Cocker Spaniel
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Poodle
  5. Beagle

Dogs are known to be one of the best family pets around. 

Finding the right dog breed can be difficult, so I have put together this guide below on each dog breed to consider if you have kids.

With my help, you will be able to find the perfect dog for your family in no time at all!

1. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel Dog laying in the grass
Cocker Spaniels

The Cocker Spaniel is an excellent breed for people who want an affectionate, playful companion.

The Cocker Spaniel is always happy and will keep you on your toes. They’re great with children and will not get frustrated by constant playing because this is what they love. 

They are active, gentle, and want to have fun. Cocker Spaniels don’t require too much daily exercise since they are busy throughout the day. If they’re not walking around after you, you’ll find them playing with the children. 

The Cocker Spaniel is a friendly, social dog that loves the outdoors. They will be friendly to both strangers and other dogs! 

2. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Puppy on the grass
Labrador Puppy

Labradors make great family pets because they are confident and care about their family unit. They are perfect for families with kids of all ages.

Labs have a lot of energy and love to play, so they need plenty of daily exercise.

If you want an excellent family pet that will always be there for you, the Labradors are perfect. They are easy to train and have a high intelligence level.

3. Golden Retriever

An old Golden retriever dog, laying on the grass
Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are the perfect family dog. They’re gentle and kind, and they love spending time within a family unit. They’re also great with children, so your whole family can enjoy this lovable breed.

A Golden Retriever is undoubtedly the perfect addition to any family. They’re loving, friendly, and always up for a good game of fetch or tug-of-war. 

Golden Retrievers also know how to relax. They’ll be happy to curl up next to you on the couch while watching TV together or playing family board games. 

4. Poodle

Poodle cute puppy

The Poodle is an excellent choice for families with children. They are gentle, intelligent, and always eager to please. Poodles are very soft and tolerant of children, making them the perfect family pet. Poodles love spending time with their families and making great companions for life.

Poodles are always happy and thrive on human interaction. They are easy to train, and their intelligence shines through when training them. You can have some fun with these breeds of dogs and even teach them tricks.

5. Beagle

Beagle dog with tongue out

The Beagle is a small-sized hound that was bred for hunting hare. It has an even temper and gentle disposition. They are loving, affectionate, and playful with their families but suspicious of strangers. When choosing a family dog, suspicion of others may not be a bad trait.

Beagles make great family pets because they get along well with children and other animals; however, they should be supervised when playing outside as they can run off after small prey like rabbits or squirrels if not on a leash. Their noses will lead them to anything interesting in the area.

You can take them on long walks or play family games in the garden together all day long. And when it comes to training, they learn very quickly so there won’t be any issues! Life will get more fun every day with this dog breed around your house.

Q&A – Top Five Family Dog Breeds

Out of the top five family dogs above, I will answer which one is the most:

  • Hyper: Cocker spaniel
  • Safest: Golden Retriever
  • Playful: Cocker spaniel
  • Intelligent: Poodle
  • Chilled: Beagle
  • Highest Prey Driven: Beagle
  • Cuddly: Cocker spaniel
  • Gentle: Golden Retriever
  • Trustworthy: Golden Retriever
  • Loyal: Beagle
  • Even Tempered: Golden Retriever
  • Confident: Labrador Retriever
  • Protective of family: Beagle
  • Attractive: Labrador Retriever

Which dog breed needs regular grooming?

All dogs need some form of grooming; however, some dont need their fur cutting, but the ones that do are:

  1. Cocker Spaniel = yes
  2. Labrador Retriever = no
  3. Golden Retriever = no
  4. Poodle = yes
  5. Beagle = no

Which dog breed lives the longest?

Cocker Spaniel, Poodle and the Beagle all can live to the good age of 15

  1. Cocker Spaniel: 12-15 years
  2. Labrador Retriever: 10-12 years
  3. Golden Retriever: 10-12 years 
  4. Poodle: 12-15 years
  5. Beagle: 12-15 years

Which dog breed is the healthiest?

The healthiest dog breed out of the five is the Beagle, followed by the Poodle. 

Unfortunately, larger dog breeds like the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retrievers can suffer from arthritis and hip and elbow dysplasia in their old age.

Sadly, Beagles are the most common dogs to be used in testing experiments. They are healthy, so their breed health traits don’t comprise any potential tests.

Wild Card: Family Dog Breed 

Bichon Frise Dog on the grass
bichon Frise

If none of the above has caught your heart, there is a wild card family suitable dog breed, and this is the Bichon Frise. They are smaller than the above five dog breeds. Bichons can be a little feisty, but with proper leadership, this often doesn’t come too much, they love to play, and they love children! They are even in the top ten best looking dogs list.

Which dog breed not to get with small children but has potential?

Yorkshire Terriers might be a dog breed to stay away from when you have small kids. They sometimes need their space away from the hustle and bustle of family life. 

Yorkshire Terriers can get themselves into a fluster when kids are around, and it’s getting a little too much for them. They can nip out in frustration! However, all dog personalities are different! But generally, Yorkies can’t handle too much going on around them. It doesn’t make them aggressive. It just makes them make poor decisions in times of need. 

I personally love Yorkshire Terriers, I had one growing up called Jasmin, and she was a lovely dog. However, I can remember her getting flustered from time to time, as long as the dog owner knows how to handle the dog and understand when too much is too much and provide them with their own space to go. 

Educating the kids on how to behave around a dog will also help. They can make good family dogs! But it will take a little more work and watching over them than the other family dog breeds.

Worse Family Dogs Discussion

All dogs can settle into the family life and enjoy it. However, the bigger, more muscular and less gentle! This would be the breed to not get, such as a Rottweiler or a Dobermann. 

It may help if you also have a dog that’s easy to train. Since you are already bringing up kids, adding a dog in the mix that needs a lot of training could be stressful.

Hard to train dogs like the Husky should be avoided. They are very hard to train due to being independent and very stubborn. However, I know huskies will love to be around children and would make excellent company for the children.

Learn about huskies and how they grew up with children and kept them warm

When choosing a dog, you need to decide do you want an easy ride with a Cocker Spaniel or a Beagle. 

Or do you want a challenge and get your favourite breed that you have always wanted. Putting in hard, dedicated time whilst raising a family can be difficult. 

There is no right or wrong breed. It’s your choice!

Because after all, you are the dog owner that will have the most significant impact and shape your new dog’s personality. 

For instance, the more kisses and cuddles and displays of good leadership, the better the dog’s nature will be regardless of its breed traits.

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