Dog Training

Which Breeds Make A Great Family Dog?

german shepherd with girl

The answer is, any breed can be a great family dog! A dog’s personality doesn’t always depend on its breed, and all dogs can make a loving addition to your family home.

Certain breeds have particular traits that are more suited to children. Selecting the right breed will also depend on your family and lifestyle. Perhaps you are looking for an energetic furry playmate, protection for your family and property, or, instead, a more docile companion.

What Makes a Great Family Dog?

black mutt giving high five

The answer will depend on what you’re looking for. There are several things to consider that will help you make the right choice for your family.

  • Size
    How much space do you have? All dogs need walks and exercise. The bigger your dog, the bigger the area you need to let them run and play. All dogs need outside space ideally, but certain big breeds will need an even bigger back yard.
  • Temperament
    Ideally, you want a calm and stable dog that adapts to the chaos and routine of your household. Some dogs are naturally social and great with children, while others are instinctively aggressive and territorial.
  • Energy level
    How much energy can you dedicate to exercising and playing with your dog? Older children suit a more energetic dog. Babies and toddlers will grow into an energetic dog, but your sanity should be a top priority. Determine if you can manage exuberant children and a lively dog.

If you decide to adopt an older dog, you can get to know its personality a bit before you bring it home. Puppies are more of a gamble, but some breeds have typical character traits.

Here is a list of popular family breeds, and what makes them special.

Mutts

mutts make a great family dog

Nothing wrong with getting a mutt. Crossbreeds can make a charming addition to any household and often have fewer chronic health problems than purebred dogs.

Mixed breeds can offer the top traits of the two breeds. If you choose to adopt, you’ll be saving two lives. The dog you take home, and the shelter will now have a vacancy for the next inhabitant.

Of course, mutts can be bred and bought as puppies as well. The advantage of an older dog is that you might be able to learn a bit of their history, but a puppy is a clean slate with less baggage.

Labradors

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Labradors make great family pets. They typically have playful and loving temperaments and are very intelligent.

When properly trained, they are usually very obedient and great around small children.

There are different types of labs, take a look at the differences between American vs. English Lab.

Labradors are suited to an energetic family and love playing outdoors. They’re very athletic, love the water, and need their exercise.

Golden Retrievers

golden retriever outdoors

Golden retrievers are typically kind, smart, and loyal. They aren’t aggressive in nature and, similar to labradors, are usually playful and friendly. They’re very patient with young children and won’t normally snap or get irritated by overly inquisitive little hands.

Retrievers need a lot of exercise. So along with having a large outside space for them to roam in, you’ll need to take them for long walks daily.

Here are some more tips and ideas on how to keep them entertained.

Bulldogs

english bulldog

Bulldogs are a calmer option. They usually aren’t as energetic as labs or retrievers, but they’re just as cuddly and playful.

They’re a good choice for families with children. Bulldogs are affectionate without being aggressive, and they are loyal to their master.

Bulldogs need a bit of extra care sometimes due to their unusual features. They can have problems with their jaws and need a little more TLC.

Bulldogs are smaller, calmer dogs, so they’ll be comfortable in a more modest living space.

German Shepherds

german shepherd dog

German shepherds are very intelligent, protective, and loyal to their owners.

They often get a bad reputation as aggressive because they are used to serve and protect in the military and as police K9 officers.

German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent breeds, which makes training them easy, but it also requires you to keep them busy, active and stimulated physically and mentally.

Here are ten reasons why german shepherds make great family pets.

Poodles

apricot poodles

Poodles come in different shapes and sizes, and that’s just their haircut.

Although they have fun hairdos, one advantage of poodles is that they hardly shed. This is ideal for children or people with allergies.

Poodles range in color from black, white, and apricot, and they come in a standard, miniature, and toy size.

Each size comes with its own perks, so it’s a good idea to do some research on which one is right for you.

Space and yard requirements will depend on whether you choose between a Standard Poodle, a Miniature Poodle, or a Toy Poodle.

After reading through these great dog breeds, you might find it even more difficult to choose!

The key is to think about what you and your lifestyle can provide for them.

Regardless of the breed, it’s your responsibility to train and socialize your dog and give it a safe and loving home.

 

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