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
7,531 2,974
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 also dogs that need plenty of exercise.

2
9,234 2,134
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

3
6,579 2,557
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added

4
3,845 2,514
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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5
4,744 2,112
Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

6
3,835 2,173
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

7
4,442 2,561
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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8
4,538 2,129
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

9
4,174 1,941
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added

10
7,721 2,601
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
cubbybear2005 added

11
4,076 1,843
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Uzoamaka Obasi added

12
2,590 2,170
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Randolph Strauss added

13
2,579 1,835
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeteBoyle added

14
3,149 1,426
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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15
2,582 1,578
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

16
2,184 1,639
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added

17
2,153 1,414
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

18
3,646 1,946
Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
dubier added Rottweiller

19
2,879 1,475
English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
SHEBANDIT added

20
1,588 1,321
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added

21
3,046 1,590
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added

22
1,870 1,933
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Beautiful loyal dog
 

23
1,683 1,423
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MangoStarkey added

24
1,864 945
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added

25
2,060 1,482
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MikeHatfill added

26
1,638 1,112
German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
slantsix added If a Vizsla had brains it would be a GSP.

27
2,232 1,214
American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
gamedemon24 added Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.

28
4,483 1,785
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 much higher on the list, but for the fact that people mistrust it. Don't. This dog was known for a century as the "Nanny Dog" because of how people-centric it is. You only have to meet one Bull Terrier to know how happy and thrilled they are to be around people. They must be socialized properly with other dogs (just like all the dogs on this list) but they will always be about their family first. They are highly energetic and not great for very young children (they would just knock them over in their enthusiasm) unless they are already mature animals. I have two kids and two pits, and there have never been better, more awesome dogs. They both let my kids do unspeakable things to them with the patience of saints.

29
1,928 918
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added

30
1,534 1,591
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Uzoamaka Obasi added

31
1,746 1,448
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MärkjaKlumpfiskur added

32
1,662 898
Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

33
1,175 942
Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
mikadecleen added

34
1,948 1,281
Doberman Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Lady Wretch added The Most Amazing, Sweet, Strong, Smart and Loving creatures on this earth!

35
1,055 880
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
but chickens double d added

36
1,879 1,390
Pug is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
IanT.Sebas added

37
1,144 920
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
1,347 1,196
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 needs exercise like any dog it doesn't needs the high levels that the working dogs require. Note that, like many of these small, white-haired breeds, it is prone to skin problems and requires daily brushing.

39
1,255 1,356
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Sweet docile dog
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40
1,247 735
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Alaina Hillman added Golden retriever/poodle mix.

41
1,081 1,055
Riky Maltese is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added

42
997 897
Irish Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
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43
895 825
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
liriodendron added Leonberger

44
1,051 905
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
ravinggill added

45
854 836
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Martydvm added Shetland Sheepdog

46
1,364 1,133
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added

47
868 702
Olde English Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeterLynnWestre added Olde English Bulldog

48
718 981
Standard Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

49
603 423
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Julie Reynolds added

50
747 894
Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Uzoamaka Obasi added