Best Dogs for Families: Which Breed is best for Your Family?

best dogs for familiesEvery family is different. Therefore, a different dog may be suitable for one family, but not another. The type of dog you choose for your family depends on a few things. First, if you have a small apartment, a large dog like a St. Bernard might not be best for you. Also, you must factor in how much time you will be able to devote to this dog, as some dogs need more attention than others. Lastly, you should think about the ages of your children, if any, as some dogs are better with small children than others. While every dog is different, there are some dogs that are thought to be better for families. Others still, that are considered better with children.

All dogs must be trained, however, and this course on How to Train a Puppy can help you teach your pet at an early age

Golden and Labrador Retrievers

This breed of dog is one of the most loyal and lovable dogs and also one of the most preferred family pets. They are great with children and are very friendly animals. This can pose a problem for those that may want their pet to protect their house, as these dogs are so friendly that they tend to think everyone is a friend. This breed is very intelligent and their eagerness to please makes them easier to train.

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain dog breed is much like the Retrievers, as previously discussed. They are very friendly, sometimes too friendly, and they are eager to please their family. They are intelligent and very happy animals, making them great for families with children.


This breed of dog, while massive in size, is actually one of the gentlest dogs. These dogs can get up to 150 pounds, so a lot of space is needed for them. Even though they are the strongest of the dogs their size, these dogs are very patient and are of no danger to children.  These dogs do require a lot of maintenance, which is important to consider before obtaining this pet. Their thick fur requires a brush at least once a week, they produce a lot of slobber, and they need a substantial walk every day to meet their exercise requirements.

This course can provide you with the skills to teach your puppy to be polite and listen, which is key in making any new pet blend well with their new family.

St. Bernard

This is another large breed dog, but don’t let the size fool you. They are also very friendly and patient with children. They are very eager to please like Retrievers and are very easily trained as well. Because the size of the dogs is so immense, they are recommended for children a little older, however they do not discriminate and are patient with all ages.

Bassett Hound

The Bassett Hound is a low maintenance dog; one that is not very active. While they are not as playful as other dogs, they are still very tolerant of children and can form strong bonds with ones they spend a lot of time with. With their laziness comes stubbornness, if dominance is not shown.


This breed of dog was trained to be sheepdogs, which means they can sometimes fall back to their herder instincts; making them better suited to families with older children. They get along well with other pets and are able to sniff out unsavory characters. This makes them great at protecting those that they love.

Learn a different way of training your dog with this course, provided by Treat Pouch, teaching the clicker method of training.

Cocker Spaniel

This type of dog can be a great family pet. They are very protective, yet very cheerful. They love to play all the time, making them good for families with children however, they do require the proper training. They listen very well to their master and are always happy to see you.


The Beagle is a gentle dog with a great personality. They are a top choice for families with children, as they are very playful dogs. They can take a longer time to train, however because they are not quite as intelligent as other dogs. They do well with big families where they can always receive attention, but they are not as good with other pets, unless they have grown up with them. With a smaller size they can easily be in an apartment, but more likely they refer more space to play.


The pug is known for being a very happy and out-going animal. They love to play and can take the somewhat rough nature of smaller children. They can become bored quickly, if they are not playing, but they are great at keeping an eye on the house. Their small size makes them great for people who do not have a lot of space or those who don’t want a real noisy pet that could wake the neighbors.

Bichon Frise

This type of dog, while much smaller in size, are excellent pets for children. They love all people and they have a very mild temperament. These dogs love to please their loved ones and are easily trained making them a great family pet. Their small size is great for families who may not have a lot of space and their energy is great for the kids in the family.


This small dog is also a great companion and being small allows families, with not a lot of space, the option of bringing this breed into the family. These dogs are very intelligent and energetic making them great for kids. Their small size, however, makes them better for older children. Oftentimes children do not know their own strength and this can be dangerous for the small dog. They are not a danger to children, though it is best to have them around more responsible people.

All of these animals can be a good choice for families. However, there is no one dog that is best for a family. Since every family is different, it is up to them to decide which one would be the best addition to the household. Make sure to consider the many factors that a specific dog may require along with the many factors that your family may require, before deciding on any one dog.

Take this course, to be familiar with over 25 tricks and training skills, provided by Hinkler Books.