If you are thinking about adopting a dog and you have children, you might want a breed that is actually good for families, and will get along with everyone, from children to elderly people. As you know, not all dogs are the same around people. Some get along perfectly with children, while others would love nothing more than to be left alone. In the end, it’s all about your little friend’s temperament, energy, and needs.
Before adopting a dog into a big family, there are always a few things to check with the breeder or shelter worker. Ask about your dog’s behavior: is he aggressive around people? Is he nervous around children? Is he docile? Etc… the answers to these questions will help you choose the right breed, not only for you, but for your family.
But, if you are not sure where to start, don’t panic. After all, we’re here to help! Keep on reading and discover the 5 best family dog breeds out there.
1. The Golden Retriever
Or, as I call him, the god of all family dogs. The Golden Retriever is the perfect choice for a big family. Energetic, friendly, kind, and loyal, this breed gets along with people well, especially small children. It also helps that the Golden Retriever is not an aggressive dog, instead, it’s a breed that thrives on love and games, which makes it great as a family pet.
Sure, Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise, but that’s usually not a problem, since you can just give them a daily walk and play with them, and they will be happy. Another thing that makes the Golden Retriever a great family dog is how easy it is to train this breed. They are obedient and will do anything to please their owner. So, if you’re looking for a dog that will shower you and your family with love, adopt a Golden Retriever!
2. The Poodle
A lot of people see the Poodle as a fancy dog, but really, it’s just a calm, smart, and kind creature who wants to love and be loved. And it doesn’t hurt that this breed comes both in miniature and standard size, which is perfect if you own an apartment and want to adopt a small dog.
Gentle and obedient, the Poodle will be a great add to your family. This breed is exceptionally great with kids, because they are always looking to play and have fun. So, if you don’t want your children to be lonely, get them a Poodle.
3. The Labrador Retriever
This highly intelligent dog will be a great add to your family. Smart, playful, patient, and loyal, this breed performs greatly around people, children and elderly alike. They are protective, especially around small children, so you will never have to be afraid for your kids when your Labrador Retriever is around.
Sure, this breed needs a lot of exercise (they are great swimmers, so beach days will be even more fun with a Labrador Retriever), but if you are ready to take on the challenge, adopting a Labrador Retriever will definitely change your life for the best.
4. The Siberian Retriever
This mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Siberian Husky is one of the friendliest, most playful breeds there is. This breed gets along with every other creature, from humans to other pets, and will be a great add to your home. Very smart, this breed is extremely easy to train, and will obey your orders without flinching.
If you want a dog who is playful and loyal, and who will love you endlessly, then the Siberian Retriever is perfect for you. And bonus, he’s a very energetic dog, so he will motivate you to work out more and will always be up for a game of catch with your children.
5. The Borador
And last but not least, the Borador. This Labrador Border Collie mix isn’t one of the most popular dog breeds, even though it is one of the easiest to train. Smart and playful, they get along really well with children, and are delightful to have around the house.
Keep in mind, though, that the Borador needs a lot of space and exercise, so be sure to have a yard where you can play catch with him and just let him enjoy his space!
Contributed by Guest Blogger Sarah Zayn
Photo by Daniela Kalwarowskyj