10 Best Dog Breeds for Families and Kids

By Ashy Zacharia|4 - 5 mins| June 07, 2020

Dogs are sometimes referred to as “a man’s best friend” because they make our lives better with their loyalty and companionship. They love you unconditionally and would go to any end to protect you. The main reason a dog is the most popular and favorite pet is that they help with loneliness. You can also read Benefits of Having Pets for Child Development. I think I’ve provided enough reasons to convince you that dogs are indeed the best pets. 

While there are countless benefits of having a dog in your household, it is necessary to pick the right kind. You need to consider the size, energy level, temperament, and grooming requirements of the dog. Each breed has different features. If you are cat person read 10 Kids Friendly Cat Breeds For Families,

10 Best Family Friendly Dog Breeds For Kids

Here are the top family-friendly for your household:

1. Beagle

Beagles are the true pack dogs; they prefer the company of their loved ones and hate to be left alone for a long period. They get along with children very quickly because just like children, they are playful and energetic. Their calm and playful temperament makes them an ideal first dog for families.

Beagles life expectancy is 12–15 years, can grow up to 33–41cm, and typically adorn colors such as lemon & white, white & tan, white & chocolate, orange & white, red & white colors, tricolor, and chocolate tricolor.

2. Golden Retriever

This breed has a reputation for being a perfect family dog. ‘Goldens’ are gentle, smart, and enthusiastic. They’re quick learners and engage in physical activities such as, running, swimming, fetching, and plenty of playing.

Their life expectancy is 10–12 years, can grow up to 51–61cm, and typically adorn shades such as dark golden, light golden, cream, and golden colors.  

3. Labrador Retriever

They are the most recognizable breed for pet therapy. Being well-mannered and kind in mature, ‘labs’ are very friendly. Although when compared with golden retrievers, they tend to be conservative with their affections. Their life expectancy is 10–14 years, can grow up to 55–62cm, and typically adorn shades such as black, chocolate, and yellow. 

4. Vizsla

Vizslas are gentle, lively, affectionate, and friendly dogs that make excellent family pets. The breed is also obedient, confident, and smart. Vizslas form close bonds with family members and can learn new tricks quickly.

Their life expectancy is 12–15 years, can grow up to 53–64cm, and typically adorn shades such as golden rust, golden, red golden.

5. Irish Setters

Irish Setters are total showstoppers. They are known for their finesse, swiftness, and a flashy red coat. Irish setters are athletic, even-tempered, and enthusiastic – all the things that make them one of the best dog breeds for active families. This breed loves being with their family so much that they hate to be left alone.

Their life expectancy is 12–15 years, can grow up to 52–67cm, and typically adorn shades such as mahogany, chestnut, and red. 

6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Pledged to their legacy as service dogs, cavaliers love to be in a lap. They are very dependent dogs, in fact, too dependent and they hate to be left alone for more than a few hours. Cavaliers get along with just about everybody they come across, including kids and other dogs. Their life expectancy is 9–14 years, can grow up to 30–33cm, and typically adorn shades such as black & tan, tri-color, Blenheim, and ruby.

7. Boxer

Regardless of their history as fighting dogs, Boxers often get along very well with children and possess an impulse to protect the family, making them excellent family dogs. They’re also typically well-mannered with other household pets.

Their life expectancy is 10–12 years, can grow up to 53–63cm, and typically adorn shades such as white, brindle, and fawn. 

8. French Bulldog

Do not be deceived by their miniature size, french bulldogs are excellent watchdogs. French bulldogs are sweet and they love to cuddle; they also tend to sleep more than other dog breeds. These are quiet and low-maintenance pups.

Their life expectancy is 10–14 years and typically adorn shades such as brindle, fawn, white, brindle & white, and tan. 

9. Pug

These little sweethearts exist to make you happy. They will playfully entertain the family. They are perfect for a good cuddle, even for your little one.

Their life expectancy is 12–15 years, can grow up to 25–30cm, and typically adorn shades such as black, fawn, and silver fawn.  

10. Poodle

They are known for their intellect. They are skillful at learning tricks and have a quiet and docile attitude. This breed comes in three varieties: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. Their life expectancy is 12–15 years, can grow up to 24–60cm, and typically adorn shades such as black, white, cream, sable, black & white, blue, grey, silver, brown, and red. 

All these breeds enjoy companionship, which is why they dislike being left alone. Dogs can be an incredible company for kids. Not only do they give you unconditional love, but they also teach you empathy, responsibility, and compassion. Some breeds have eternal patience, others can play endlessly, and others are generally protective of children. While most of the dogs can be well-trained, you must also train your kids, so that they do not hurt themselves or your new family member.  


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Ashy Zacharia

Last Updated: Sun Jun 07 2020

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