Did You Know...
59% of those surveyed say pets are good for their health and the
health of their family and help them relax. 40% say that owning
a dog motivates them to exercise on a regular basis.
Three-quarters of dog owners consider their dog like a child or
family member and more than half of cat owners say the same (NPOS).
The 10 Best Family Dog Breeds by Popularity
Dogs can not only be a man's best friend, but a best friend to
the entire family. You may be torn between certain breeds or not
know enough about others. This guide will help you begin the
research involved in selecting a dog that is right for your
family. In no certain order, this list shows the most popular
dog breeds suitable for family pets, meaning they are proven to
be good with children and overall great companions.
The Labrador Retriever -Whether it's a Chocolate, Black or
Yellow lab this breed is well-known for its kid-friendly nature
and easy-going demeanor. A healthy Lab will grow to between from
55 to 75 lbs. and will need stimulation in the form of training,
daily walks and other outdoor activities.
The Golden Retriever -
This devoted and loving family dog will bring happiness and
warmth with its friendly and likeable personality. This
energetic breed will need activity and its long coat will
require regular brushing.
The Labradoodle - This fairly new
mixed breed (a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle) is quickly
gaining popularity and for good reason. With its outgoing
personality and appealing looks this dog has earned a spot in
the home of notables like Tiger Woods and Jennifer Aniston.
Beagle - An energetic and playful breed, the Beagle fits in well
with an active family who likes to engage their pets with play
and daily stimulation.
The German Shepherd - This strong and
regal animal has been popular for centuries and has found its
way into many American homes with its energy combined with a
fierce sense of loyalty. This breed of dog also requires daily
exercise along with grooming.
The Boxer - The regal stance of a
Boxer never hints at its goofy nature but this gentle and loving
dog is a proven family pet who is especially fond of children.
The Shih Tzu - Employed by ancient Chinese as steadfast guard
dogs, this breed is now seen as adoring and animated.
Standard Poodle - Most often thought of as a companion to the
wealthy, this dog was actually bred for sport and will require
daily exercise and professional grooming. Although obedient and
loving this dog should be included in most family activities as
it has a tendency for loneliness.
The Bull Dog - Bred to fight
in old England, this breed quickly adjusted to domestication and
finds a place in many homes with its gentle and protective
nature. A great companion for children who can easily handle
this boorish-looking but lovable animal.
The Pug -
Eager-to-please and full of enthusiasm this breed has proven
itself to be loyal and playful. Expect to be entertained by its
canine antics and annoyed by occasional antics.
Let this guide
serve as an outline for dogs to consider and always research
specific breeds carefully considering the activity level of your
family, the age of children who will be in contact with the dog
and how much time you will have daily for walks, training and
quality time with your new family friend.
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