The 10 Best Family Dogs

What breeds are best for families with children? With all the dog breeds out there, what breed is a good family dog for young kids to be around? We've taken the guesswork out of it for you!

Here are the ten best dog breeds for kids and young families.

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LOL… we're just kidding, but the Lab truly is the most popular dog breed in the US and has been for almost thirty years! Ever since 1991, when it took the top spot in AKC registrations. So, yeah, we love our Labs! 

Here are the real top 10 breeds, according to the 2019 AKC registration numbers:

  1. Labrador Retriever

Labs love kids and people in general. They're loyal and protective. They can be laid back and lazy or a ball of energy, just like your kids! They are big fur-babies and can grow to over 80 lbs!

  1. Bulldog

These little rascals are equally comfortable running around the back yard or lying in bed with their feet up! Take care of them, though. Those short snouts can make breathing difficult in hot weather. Bulldogs are in the medium size range, up to about 50 lbs.

  1. Golden Retriever

Serious but also fun-loving and intelligent, Golden Retrievers are playful and energetic to entertain the kids, but they can work too. They make an excellent guide or rescue dog!  Golden Retrievers can grow up to 65lbs.

  1. Beagle

A beagle is a happy-go-lucky pooch that will enjoy hanging with the kids. This breed could have started the phrase "Puppy-dog eyes"! Beagles are a small breed, under 20 lbs.

  1. Pug

Mischievous, playful, and affectionate, a pug will keep the kids smothered in love! Once reserved for Chinese emperors, the pug has become the breed of choice for millions of families worldwide. Pugs are also a small breed, under 20 lbs.

  1. Irish Setter

Beautiful and loveable, the Irish Setter is responsive to training. They are wonderful playmates for a house full of kids. The Irish Setter grows up to 60 lbs.

  1. Brussels Griffon

Like a little Ewok, their human-looking expression matches their complex nature. They are a smart and loyal companion with tons of personality! Brussels Griffons are small dogs under 15 lbs.

  1. Newfoundland

This big girl can grow to 120 lbs, but her playful and loving temper makes her a great 'Nanny Dog' for young families.

  1. French Bulldog

A smaller version of a Bulldog, this guy can grow up to 30 lbs. This popular breed is loving, playful, and a complete joy for the young'ns!

  1. Collie

Collies love kids! They thrive on play and exercise. This intelligent and respected breed is the perfect playmate and happy to learn new things. Collies can grow up to 70 lbs.

  1. (bonus dog - German Shepherd)

If you're in search of the best family guard dog, then you cannot go wrong with the German Shepherd! This gentle giant can frolic with the (older) kids as well as protect the pack (that's you). His bad-ass looks are enough to scare away most punks, but he can also chew their heads off if they get inside the fence!

With so many excellent family dog breeds to choose from, we're confident that you'll find a perfect fit for loved ones and your lifestyle!

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