dogs The Best Dog Breeds for Families  

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Everyone has their favorite dog breed, but what's the best breed to bring into your home if you have kids? Of course, the very best thing you can do is adopt a dog, making sure that the animal is good with kids beforehand. But if you have your heart set on a particular breed, there are definitely some dogs that are better in families than others. Vote your favorite kid-friendly breed up and add any you see missing. While you're at it, take a look at those sometimes considered to be more dangerous dog breeds.

The coolest dog breeds for families aren't always the best ones as they're not always the most "Pinteresting" or "Instagramable" breeds, but that's for a reason. You need a safe breed that's easy to take care of that you can count on anyone taking care of. That's why we used part of the the top 10 dogs for children to build this list, because it should include dogs that any part of the family should be able to care for. 

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1
6,357 2,514
Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Golden Retriever This dog has been the #1 family dog for decades. They are patient, good-tempered and loving. They are easy to train and people-lovers to the extreme. These dogs get big, tho... up to 80lbs, and they have a lot of hair. They are ...

2
7,931 1,863
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

3
5,634 2,264
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added German Shepherd Dog

4
4,042 1,883
Collie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

5
3,222 2,216
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added St. Bernard

6
3,816 2,229
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Beagle

7
3,278 1,920
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

8
3,775 1,810
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

9
6,632 2,295
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
cubbybear2005 added American Pit Bull Terrier

10
3,603 1,711
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added Boxer

11
3,441 1,599
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Siberian Husky

12
2,229 1,898
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Randolph Strauss added Miniature Schnauzer

13
2,176 1,601
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeteBoyle added Welsh Corgi

14
2,665 1,278
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Border Collie

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15
2,215 1,400
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

16
1,871 1,418
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Basset Hound

17
1,836 1,248
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

18
3,120 1,702
Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
dubier added Rottweiller

19
2,613 1,383
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Bulldog

20
2,456 1,295
English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
SHEBANDIT added English Mastiff

21
1,320 1,123
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added English Springer Spaniel

The Best Dogs for Kids

22
1,594 1,689
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Yorkshire Terrier Beautiful loyal dog  

23
1,769 1,281
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MikeHatfill added Boston Terrier

24
1,423 1,246
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MangoStarkey added Weimaraner

25
1,520 797
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added French Bulldog

26
1,388 971
German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
slantsix added German Shorthaired Pointer If a Vizsla had brains it would be a GSP.

27
1,884 1,061
American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
gamedemon24 added American Staffordshire Terrier Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.

28
3,802 1,583
Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Pit Bull Terrier The sad story of this breed should not deter you from bringing it into your family. Like any dog on this list, or any dog anywhere, ever - these animals can be mistreated and taught to do bad things. I would have put this dog ...

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1,626 798
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added American Bulldog

30
1,346 1,372
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Poodle

31
1,527 1,269
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MärkjaKlumpfiskur added Dachshund

32
1,402 789
Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

33
1,670 1,126
Doberman Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Lady Wretch added Doberman Pinscher The Most Amazing, Sweet, Strong, Smart and Loving creatures on this earth!

34
892 759
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
but chickens double d added Old English Sheepdog

35
1,641 1,237
Pug is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
IanT.Sebas added Pug

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36
978 827
Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
mikadecleen added Belgian Shepherd Malinois

37
986 812
Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
CraigNykiel added Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal

38
1,186 1,066
Bichon Frise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Bichon Frise This is a sweet, loving, happy dog - but needs older kids as it tends not to deal well with very little children poking and pulling on it. The size of this dog makes it suitable for families in small living spaces, and while it ...

39
1,075 1,194
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Shih Tzu Sweet docile dog '  

40
1,044 635
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Alaina Hillman added Goldendoodle Golden retriever/poodle mix.

41
921 916
Riky Maltese is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Maltese

42
753 728
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
liriodendron added Leonberger

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43
836 804
Irish Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Irish Wolfhound

44
746 736
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Martydvm added Shetland Sheepdog

45
872 784
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
ravinggill added Bull Terrier

46
1,190 999
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Jack Russell Terrier

47
731 604
Olde English Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeterLynnWestre added Olde English Bulldog

48
618 867
Standard Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

49
649 778
Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Samoyed

50
438 311
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Julie Reynolds added Staffordshire Bull Terrier