Best Dogs for Families: 9 Dog Breeds to Take Home

You want to adopt a dog, but there are tons of dog breeds on the market and you don’t know which one to get, don’t worry, I will help you.

In this article, I will give you ideas about the different dog breeds that may be suitable for you and your family. These dogs range from small to big and from furry to bulky, so you’d better prepare your checklist in order to determine which dog breed is right for your lifestyle.

What to consider before adopting a dog?

Adopting a dog is not a game. Yes, they are really cute, but they are not toys! Dogs, especially those that are rejected or abandoned, need extra care and love.

As someone who wants to take care of pooches, you need to remember that this is a round-the-clock job. You need to put in extra effort and time to make sure that your furry pal stays healthy and is adapting well to their new environment.

The reason why I am detailing the things you need to consider before getting a dog is that adopting can be a complicated process for any pet owner, especially for first-timers. I get that you are excited, but you need to remember that each dog needs a certain level of care and attention.

There are lots of different ways to determine what the appropriate adoption situation is for you. Before adopting, you should consider these factors:

Type of dog. Do you need a smaller one or a bigger one? Do you need a companion when exercising or a dog that would be willing to lie with you all day, all night?

There are so many types of dogs in the world and given that fact, there are also many options for you to choose from. Because of this, we sometimes end up choosing the wrong pet, causing pain both to ourselves and the furry pal. This is why it is important to research the type of dog that you eagerly want to buy beforehand. Remember, it is vital that the dog that you will choose to adopt is suitable for your living conditions and everyday routine.

Lifestyle. Dogs need time to adapt to their new environment, just like us, humans. As a pet owner, it is our responsibility to keep them comfortable. If you are a busy person but still want to adopt a dog, then you first need to consider the time and effort that you need to put in. Once you’ve decided to adopt a dog, this means you are ready to add another responsibility to your checklist every day.

Keep in mind that having a dog means your lifestyle will be a bit different now. Just like your pooch, you also need to adjust to the new routine. If you don’t like to get up early to have a jog, but your adopted dog requires exercise every day, then you must get used to it.

Personality. Do you like having quiet time for yourself? How about sleeping? Jogging? Eating? Well, if you want to adopt a dog, you need to know their personality first. Research is the key.

Your personality needs to jive in with your preferred dog. Some pet owners are really lucky to have chosen a suitable dog for them, unlike others, especially first-timers. Sometimes, because of our excitement, we overlook the fact that different dogs have different personalities and those traits might clash with our personality.

There are diva dogs, yoga dogs and playful dogs out there, so you’d better choose the one that suits you well in order to have a stress-free environment.

Family. Are you single? Are you a single parent? Do you have a baby? Do you have a big family? Once you consider adopting a dog, then you must consider these questions as well. There are different dog breeds out there and each breed might or might not be suitable for your living situation.

There are dogs for families and there are dogs for single people (like me).

If you are single, then you can adopt any dog that is suitable for your lifestyle and personality. However, if you have a family, you should make sure that the dog breed you are going to get is family-friendly. No one wants to have a dog that would eventually cause problems with your family members, right?

Best dog breeds for family

Let us say you are no longer single, but you want a dog and your family agrees with you. Now, the problem is that you don’t know which dog to adopt. Well, don’t worry! I will be your match-maker.

Here is a list of family-friendly dogs:

1. Bulldog

Some people think that bulldogs are scary (because of their name). You are wrong! Bulldogs are friendly; they are small, but terrible. They are family-friendly and kid-friendly types of pooches.

Bulldogs are easy-going. They love cuddling and enjoy short walks outside.

2. Labrador Retriever

Who would not love Labrador Retrievers? They are one of the loveliest dogs in the world. If you ask any vet about which breed is best to adopt if you are a first-timer and have a family, then they will definitely suggest Labrador Retriever.

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs for families. These pooches love to please their owners, they are playful, loving, protective, and reliable.

3. Beagle

Beagles are used to hunt in a group, which means they are good companions. They are active dogs and play a lot. They are ideal for families with kids, as they are friendly, sturdy and child-proof. Beagles have lots of energy, so they make good playmates and nannies to your children.

4. Irish Setter

If you have a yard, then you might want to adopt this dog breed. Irish Setters are good with children, because they have lots of energy and are playful. Even though Irish Setters’ life span is one of the shortest ones for larger dog breeds, I could say they are still good companions and teachers. These dog breeds could teach your children a valuable life lesson.

5. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frises are suitable for almost all pet owners, as they are likable and get along with others easily. This dog breed could be tagged as “The Friendliest” and “The Most Likable” pooch on the list, because they always want to please anyone they meet. They are affectionate with their family and friendly towards strangers.

6. Collie

Collies love companionship and they adore being with kids. They are very affectionate to their owners and love making humans happy.

If you need an exercise buddy or your family loves going to parks, then this breed is fit for you. It is a good companion regardless of whether you like to have a jog every day or simply want to have an afternoon date with your family.

One thing to remember, though – they might be cute, but Collies require daily exercise because they are very athletic. 

7. Dachshund

This dog breed has tiny legs, so do not expect them to be like an athlete who runs all around all the time every day.

Dachshunds are playful, smart and they love playing around. They are also good watchdogs.

One trait that is very common for this dog breed is that they always think that they are big dogs, so be attentive whenever there are other pooches around, as they will not back out once they are attacked.

8. German Shepherd

If you like proud and brave dogs, then this dog breed is suitable for you. German Shepherds are loyal companions, so they are loved by the police force. They are also smart and active. They can learn tricks easily and are not scared of protecting you from danger when needed.

Although they are considered as one of the most courageous dog breeds in the world, German Shepherds are gentle to their owners and loved ones. They are caring, loving, and friendly as well.

9. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers, like Labrador Retrievers, are considered one of the most famous dog breeds in the US. They are known as family dogs. They are easy to train, like to please their loved ones and they can also play around with you or with your children for many hours on end.

What else?

As I have mentioned before, there are different breeds of dogs for families that you can consider adopting. According to the American Kennel Club, these dog breeds below are also family-friendly:

•    Airdale Terrier

•    American Eskimo Dog

•    American Staffordshire Terrier

•    American Leopard Hound

•    Bedlington Terrier

•    Bergamasco Sheepdog

•    Biewer Terrier

•    Alaskan Malamute

•    Bernese Mountain Dog


Now that you have your list, the only thing you need to do is to check if these breeds really are suitable for you.

Although they are dogs for families, this does not automatically mean you should adopt them right away. You must still do your research and talk to your family about your plan. Be prepared to be more than just a pet owner; be prepared to be a parent to your additional family member.

Dogs are a good companion to anyone; they will give you love, attention, and protection, so in return, as a pet owner, you must love them back, care for them and make sure that they are comfortable in the environment that they are in.

Related tip: 9 Best Small Dog Breeds for Kids – Friendly for Small Children

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