Dogs are one of the most loveable creatures on the planet—their unconditional adoration, support, and fun-loving attitude make them a great addition to any family, with or without children. Dogs also instill a sense of responsibility in us through having to feed, walk, and train them. If you’re considering adding a furry member to your family, we’ve compiled a list of the best dog breeds for families.
Along with their gorgeous golden coats, this breed is known to be very active, well-behaved, and great for emotional support. Furthermore, Golden Retrievers aren’t known to exhibit any violent behavior, making them a great addition to families with small children. These dogs do require extra care compared to other breeds; they have two coats of fur which leads to a lot of shedding, so weekly brushing is a must. They also require a lot of exercise to remain in good health, and will enjoy attending any outdoor events with you.
Labradors are the most popular breed in the United States, serving as a wonderful companion to large families who have plenty of visitors. It’s common for Labradors to bark and chew if left alone for too long, so this breed may not be the right fit for families who are out of the house for long periods of time. Another important thing to note about this breed is their short hair which requires less care than their Golden Retriever counterparts.
Toy Poodles are extremely intelligent and caring dogs. One main positive of owning a poodle is that their coats are hypoallergenic, and prevent unwarranted sneezing from those who suffer from allergies. This breed can live to be 12-15 years old, and remain active for the majority of their lives. It’s also worth noting that Toy Poodles do desire consistent company and tend to bark when they’re left alone.
Irish Settlers are energetic and compassionate pups who get along well with other people and animals. This breed requires regular exercise, and are known for their hunting abilities. Irish Settlers are extremely loyal dogs and often suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long.
Collies are a loyal, intelligent, and resourceful breed. They make great watch dogs due to the fact they become very close with their families and form a deep desire to protect them. It’s crucial that they’re given plenty of attention, as they can become hyper-active and (very rarely) aggressive.
Beagles are adorable, small sized dogs who require little maintenance. Like the Collie, Beagles are also good watchdogs, but barking can become an issue. Overall, this breed has an excellent temperament and enjoys being social. Beagles are devoted dogs and because of their kind and loving nature, they’ll remain by your side—always.
This unique-looking breed can be a fun addition to your family. They have a playful nature, and you can often find them dressed up in adorable costumes on Instagram. Pugs aren’t known to bark, but they do snore and sneeze more than other breeds. Overall, Pugs don’t require a ton of upkeep. Their coat doesn’t require too much attention, but you’ll need to remember to clean in between their face folds periodically.