Many breeds make great family dogs, but some dogs are more suitable for suburban and farming families than households that live in the city.
Family dogs like Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Irish Setters are playful and protective. Brussels Griffons, French Bulldogs, and Pugs love their families.
The truth is that some of the dog breeds aren’t naturally good for families with kids. They may be nervous and get easily injured during a rough play.
If you’re looking for the best family dog, here is the list of best dog breeds for kids and families

  1. Pug

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Pug is a dog breed with physically distinctive characteristics of a wrinkled face with a short muzzle and a curled tail. Pugs are often described by the phrase “multum in parvo” which means “many dogs in a small space.” He is small but doesn’t need coddling and his mischievous face will soon wiggle the hearts of men, women and especially children, for whom this pug seems to have a special affinity. The main reason for his life is to be close to his people and to please them. He is comfortable both in a small apartment and in a country house. Whereas, he can easily adapt to any situation.

  • Personality: Charming, loving, and mischievous
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-18 lbs
  • Grooming: Weekly brushing
  • Good with kids: Better with supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With supervision
  • Shedding: Regularly
  • Trainability: Agreeable
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Social/Attention Needs: High
  • Breed Group: Toy Group (AKC Classification), Companion Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. French Bulldog

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The French bulldog is one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world. The easy-going and adaptable breed is perfect for new families and responds well to training.

  • Personality: Adaptable, smart, playful, and irresistible
  • Life Span: 10-12 years
  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: under 28 pounds
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Kids Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Well responds
  • Barking Level: Quiet
  • Social/Attention Needs: High
  • Breed Group: Non-Sporting (AKC Classification), Companion Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Newfoundland

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The Newfoundland must have the intelligence, loyalty, and the sweetness that are its best-known traits. He must be able and willing to help his master to complete his required tasks on command, as well as have the intelligence to act on his responsibility when rescue operations require it.

  • Personality: Sweet, devoted, and patient
  • Life Span: 9-10 years
  • Height: 28 inches (male), 26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 130-150 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
  • Grooming: Weekly brushing
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Easy training
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
  • Breed Group: Working (AKC Classification), Guardian Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Labrador Retriever

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In the United States of America, Labrador retriever is the most popular dog. The breed is chummy, patient, and trainable. Labradors are extremely versatile, and doing everything like hunting, obedience, tracking, and dock diving.

  • Personality: Friendly and outgoing, Labs play well with others
  • Life Span: 10-12 years
  • Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
  • Grooming: Weekly brushing
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With supervision
  • Shedding: Regularly
  • Trainability: Eager to please
  • Barking Level: Medium
  • Social/Attention Needs: Medium
  • Breed Group: Sporting (AKC Classification), Gun Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Brussels Griffon

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The Brussels Griffon is a friendly, hearty, smart and active companion. Its small size makes him a good apartment dweller as long as you give him the opportunity to burn some energy

  • Personality: Friendly, charming, and loving
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Height: 7-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Good with Kids: Better with supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Well responds
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Social/Attention Needs: High
  • Breed Group: Toy (AKC Classification), Companion Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Collie

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They’re strong, affectionate, faithful, quick, and responsive. A collie is best suited for an active family because they are energetic and love to move around.

  • Personality: Proud, graceful, and devoted
  • Life Span: 12-14 years
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-75 pounds (male), 50-65 pounds (female)
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Well responds
  • Barking Level: Likes to be vocal
  • Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
  • Breed Group:  Herding (AKC Classification), Herding Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Irish Setter

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In the 18th century, the Irish Setter recognizable from media such as Big Red. The outgoing and trained dog is good for active families because the Irish Setter is highly energetic and loves to spend time outdoors.

  • Personality: Active, outgoing, and trainable
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Height: 27 inches (male), 25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 70 pounds (male), 60 pounds (female)
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Well responds
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Social/Attention Needs: High
  • Breed Group: Sporting (AKC Classification), Gun Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Golden Retriever

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Today, the breed’s versatility, intelligence, friendly, smart, and agreeable personality are suitable for many purposes. Whereas, Retriever has become one of the most popular, recognizable, and successful breeds in all areas of competition.

  • Personality: Friendly, Intelligent, and devoted
  • Life Span: 10-12 years
  • Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Eager to please
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Social/Attention Needs: HighBreed Group: Sporting (AKC Classification), Gun Dog (UKC Classification)

  1. Beagle

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It compact in size, easy-to-care-for coat and intelligence makes the Beagle a perfect family dog.

  • Personality: Curious, charming, merry, and friendly
  • Life span: 10-15 years
  • Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches
  • Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Well responds
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
  • Social/Attention Needs: High
  • Breed Group: Hound Group (AKC Classification), Scenthounds (UKC Classification)

  1. Bulldog

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An excellent and wrinkled bulldog is a great companion for children. These faithful dogs can adapt to most atmospheres’ — cities or countries — and enjoy spending time with their families.

  • Personality: Calm, courageous, and friendly; dignified but amusing
  • Life Span: 8-10 years
  • Height: 14-15 inches
  • Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Trainability: Well responds
  • Barking Level: Quiet
  • Social/Attention Needs: High
  • Breed Group: Non-Sporting (AKC Classification), Companion Dog (UKC Classification)

 

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