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The Most Popular Dog Breeds for Families

If you have children and love dogs, the chances are that you will want a dog which is family friendly and will fit into your lifestyle well. There are many things to consider when choosing your family dog, but when you are a family household with children, most parents will want to know that their child will be safe to be around the dog and that the dog and children can be friends and play together when the kids are old enough.

Something to bear in mind is the fact that choosing a calm, gentle dog breed and training them well will only get you so far. You also need to teach your kids how to behave properly around a dog, and how they should respect the dog’s personal space and should be gentle and not annoy them. Most kids can learn this by the age of about five years old, but even then you should never leave a child unattended with a dog because accidents can and do happen. With all of that out of the way, get ready for the puppy parade!

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

One of the smaller family-friendly dogs on this list, the cavalier King Charles spaniel combines the small size of a toy dog with the intelligence, trainability and confidence of a working dog. Full of life and character, the cavalier is the perfect companion for a growing family, and they are just as happy going for an adventure in the outdoors as they are cuddling on the sofa. Friendly with strangers and naturally outgoing, you’ll be in good company with a cavalier.

Labrador retriever

The humble labrador retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the world, and is the most owned dog breed in many countries. They are on the larger side and are full of energy, but their friendly, loving and gentle disposition makes them the perfect family pet for people who have active lifestyles. It is not uncommon for a lab to become the kids’ best friend as long as they can learn to respect each others’ personal space. Labs take extremely well to training and will love bonding with you and your family, especially if you use accessories like a dog whistle and a dog clicker to aid in communication. 


The beagle has a reputation for being a little less bright than other dogs, but this is simply not true. Beagles are charming, friendly and smart companions for a family, even ones with young children. Beagles thrive on human contact and will be friendly with pretty much anyone – great if you’re looking for a family pet, but not so great if you need a guard dog! Just keep in mind that beagles don’t tend to like spending a lot of time alone, so if you know you will need to leave them alone for long portions of the day then they might not be the best fit for your lifestyle. They are also scent hounds at heart, so keep in mind that their nose will be a distraction for them!


Despite their giant size, newfoundlands are some of the most gentle, loveable dogs on the planet. They tend to have a sweet, patient and gentle nature which makes them the ideal companion for families with children. They are active dogs that love to swim and run, and because of their size they are best for family homes that have a reasonably sized garden. Also due to their large size, they may not be suitable for families with very small babies purely because they can be clumsy. This shouldn’t be a problem with the right supervision, however. 

Border collie

If you need a dog that can keep up with the energy levels of young kids, a border collie might be your new best friend. Medium in size, the collie is an active herding dog that has bags of energy, character, and joy in a wiggly package. Perfect for families that love to be outdoors, especially if you have access to a garden or a park very close by, collies are friendly and determined dogs that love to have something to do. Just watch out, they often will try to herd you kids and their friends!


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