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List of Family Friendly Dog Breeds

Updated on May 20, 2015



Dog Breeds

Before considering a new family dog it is best to do some research on the breeds you are interested in. It's true that some breeds do better with families and small children than other breeds. I have created a list of some of top family friendly dog breeds. (in no particular order)

Feel free to check out this dog selector survey to gain an idea of which type of dog is best for you and your family!


Golden Retriever


English Bulldog


The Dog Breeds

  1. The Golden Retriever.
  • Medium sized.
  • Well-mannered.
  • Intelligent and easily trained.
  • Friendly with other dogs.
  • Love to swim.
  • 55-80 lbs.
  • Live 10-12 years.
  • Prefer a yard for exercise.
  • Average shedding easy to groom coat.

2. The English Bulldog.

  • One of the most gentle breeds although they look intimidating.
  • Medium sized.
  • Persistent.
  • Loves human attention.
  • Need an experienced owner who can put him/her in his place in the pack.
  • 49-55 lbs.
  • Good for apartment life.
  • Lives approximately 8 years.
  • Average shedder.

3. The Collie.

  • Larger breed.
  • Very intelligent.
  • Easy to train and very loyal.
  • Natural herders.
  • Can be suspicious of people if not socialized.
  • Relatively easy to housebreak.
  • Sensitive to heat.
  • Do best in a home with a yard.
  • Rough Collie will shed heavily twice a year, smooth collie is an average shedder.
  • 50-75 lbs.
  • Live 14-16 years.

4.The Beagle.

  • Smaller breed.
  • Very socialable.
  • Generally good with other dogs.
  • Require patient, firm training.
  • Hunting instincts.
  • 20-25 lbs.
  • Need moderate exercise but can live in an apartment if walked often.
  • Live 12-15 years.
  • Average shedder.

5. The Boxer.

  • High spirited and playful.
  • Highly intelligent and excited to learn.
  • Loyal.
  • 53-70 lbs.
  • Lives 11-14 years.
  • Very active.
  • Average shedder.

6. The Vizla.

  • Medium sized hunting dog.
  • Gentle and loving.
  • Very trainable.
  • Playful.
  • 40-60 lbs.
  • Few health problems.
  • Does best in a home with a yard.
  • Lives 12-15 years.
  • Average shedders.

7. The Miniature Schnauzer.

  • Small breed.
  • Intelligent.
  • Playful and happy.
  • Avoid small dog syndrome.
  • 10-15 lbs.
  • Good in apartments. With daily walks.
  • Lives approximately 15 years.
  • Sheds little to no hair but requires grooming.

8. The Newfoundland.

  • Large breed.
  • Sweet, generous temperament.
  • Calm and patient.
  • Drool.
  • 100-150 lbs.
  • Will do alright in an apartment if exercised.
  • Lives 9-15 years.
  • Will shed heavily twice a year during shedding periods.

9. The West Highland White Terrier.

  • Small dog breed.
  • Hardy and easy to train.
  • Fairly friendly towards strangers.
  • Do not pick fights with other dogs.
  • Avoid small dog syndrome.
  • 13-22 lbs.
  • Sheds little to no hair, some grooming required.
  • Lives 15+ years.

10. The Boston Terrier.

  • Small, muscular breed.
  • Gentle and intelligent.
  • Well-mannered.
  • Enjoy learning.
  • May be difficult to housebreak.
  • Good for apartment living with exercise.
  • Lives 15+ years.
  • Average shedder.
  • 10-25 lbs.


Breeds To Avoid

These dog breeds are not recommended for children. Due to a number of reasons. Usually because of their desire to display dominance. However, with proper training people have successfully owned these breeds with their small children.

  • Chow Chow
  • Saint Bernard
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman


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    • blairtracy profile image

      blairtracy 4 years ago from Canada

      I agree. And have had much success with Pitbulls around my small child.

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      Pitlover 4 years ago

      I would like to say that this is wrong about pit bulls. Call me crazy but I'd rather have a pit around my children than a collie. Pits were once known as "Nanny Dogs" and once was the nanny for the children of a queen. No disrespect intended, just thought some knowledge of pits would be helpful.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Great information on dogs. Loved it. Voted up.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Our Australian Shepherd is wonderful. I'd definitely add that breed to your list.

      Good job!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great Hub, I would also recommend a Lab, and add husky to the avoid list, unless you really want to run!!