"Mom, when can we get a dog?"
If your answer is "soon," it's time to prepare. And preparation is exactly what it takes if you're ready to add a dog to your family. It's a big decision. Which breeds make the best family dogs? Which are best with kids? With a little help from the American Kennel Club, we've compiled a list of the top 5 family dogs for you. We'll save the best for last.
BEST FAMILY DOG BREEDS
The Pug is often described as a lot of dog in a small space. They are known as the clowns of the canine world because they have a great sense of humor and like to show it off. And with that comical face, who can resist? Pugs are even-tempered, charming, and sensitive. They are definitely housedogs and should not be kept outdoors. If you decide on a Pug, expect to be followed around the house. They will want to sit on your lap and also want to sleep in bed with you.
Cheerful and affections dogs, Beagles prefer company. Their compact size and short coat makes a Beagle an excellent choice for a family dog. They are very active and very vocal. They also like to roam. If left alone they may howl and be a bit destructive.
3. Golden Retriever
Friendly and devoted, Golden Retrievers are energetic and playful. They enjoy outdoor activities like fetch and swimming. If you want a guard dog, pick a different breed. Golden Retrievers are very eager to make new friends, and they typically excel in service dog work with children and adults.
They may look powerful and massive, but Bulldogs have an even temperament and loving nature. They are very patient around small children and are happy to spend time with their families. They are always watchful, loyal, and protective.
1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States and comes out on top on our list of top 5 family dogs and almost every list published. They're friendly, patient, and trainable. They are also known to be terrific with children. Keep in mind the Lab is a large dog and can be overly enthusiastic at times.
It's a good idea to do your homework before picking the family dog.
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Other breeds also make wonderful family dogs. What do you think? Is there another breed that should be added to this list of top 5 family dogs? Leave a comment and let us know.