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10 Family Friendly Dog Breeds

Updated on August 9, 2017

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog breed that comes from the United Kingdom. If you are looking for a small dog this is a good choice for a pet. This breed was the most popular in the UK in 2007 which shows it a fantastic choice.

They are known to be children friendly and will not be aggressive towards other dogs or pets you may have or pass by. They are playful dogs but also very patient. Not only are these dogs good for families but may also be a wonderful option for older people who want a nice small dog. Their lifespan is around 9-14 years and they will most likely only get up to a maximum of 18 pounds.



If you searching for a big lovable dog you may consider the Newfoundland. This dog breed comes from Canada, England. These dogs may be huge but they are very gentle and friendly. This breed will be highly loyal to you and your family as well. The breed is also known to get along great with children. Another positive about this breed is they are very easy to train.

The male can get up to 176 pounds while the female can grow up 143 pounds. Their lifespan is up to 8-10 years.

Bichon Frise


The Bichon Frise is very common among the elderly because of how well mannered these dogs are. This breed origin is from the Canary Islands, Belgium which is Spain. The Bichon is a very friendly, playful dog also known to be well trained. The plus side is they are also hypoallergenic which means if you are allergic to dogs you can still own this pet. They are highly kid friendly and also get along with other dogs or pets. They are very sensitive, they loved to be loved.

They have an average weight up to 11 pounds with their lifespan being up to 12-15 years.

St. Bernard


The St. Bernard is another big dog that is family friendly. This breed comes from Switzerland, Italy and France. They are more on the lazy side but also known to be working dogs at the same time. If you have small children you just have to make sure they don't knock them over on accident, of course they will not intend to hurt them though. They are kind, loving pets to have and will also be protective.

This breed can get up to a whopping 260 pounds, having a lifespan of 8-10 years.



The Collie has come from Scotland and Northern England. These dogs are great if you are looking for a breed not too small and not too big. They are lovable dogs and also fast paced which is great if you are looking for a dog to play fetch with. Collie's are also known to be herding dogs This dog will be very loyal to you and your family.

The male may get up to 75 pounds while the female may get up to 65 pounds. This breed has a long lifespan of up to 10-17 years. Keep in mind their long fur coat may cause them to need some grooming here and there.



The comes from China, the Ming Dynasty. This breed is a very good choice of a family friendly dog as they are excellent with children. Although many small dogs tend to be more hyper than bigger dogs the Pug has a lazy personality but no fear because they still love a lot of attention. The breed is known to be friendly towards other dogs and strangers including cats. Pugs are also usually very quiet so they won't drive you crazy.

They weigh up to 18 pounds and have a life expectancy of 12-15 years.



The Poodle comes from Germany and France. This breed is known to be active making them great for active families. Poodles are highly intelligent, also very easy to train. These dogs are excellent with families and especially children. They are hypoallergenic so they are great for families allergic to dog dander, they may require regular grooming though. Keep in mind a toy or miniature Poodle may not to be a great selection for children as a standard would be.

The male standard Poodle may get up to 70 pounds as for the female may get up to 50 pounds. The lifespan of this breed is 12-15 years.

Golden Retriever


The Golden Retrievers origin is from Scotland. This breed is one of the most recommended family pets for they are highly gentle with children and families, also well with getting along with strangers which is why they are they are one of the most popular dogs in the United States. The Golden Retriever is known for their high intelligence. Also being one of the easiest dog breeds to train. This breed also loves to be active.

The male can get up to 75 pounds, the female may get up to 71 pounds. These dogs have a lifespan of 10-12 years.



The Bulldog comes from England. This is one of the best breeds to consider if you have small children for they have a great bond with children. They are known to be great with getting along with other dogs and pets around. The Bulldog is a patient, lovable breed to bring into your home. Don't expect this dog to be very active or playful though for they are not very active as you can tell by the look of them.

The male Bulldog can get up to 55 pounds as for the female can get up to 51 pounds. The breeds lifespan is 8-10 years.



The Boxer comes from Germany. These dogs are great if you are looking for a protective dog, they are very loyal to their families including being great with children. They are known to be active dogs and love their exercise. So if you are looking for a dog to play with, this may be the breed for you.

The male Boxer can get up to 71 pounds, the female may get up to 64 pounds. Their lifespan is 10-12 years.


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