Top 10 Dog Breeds for Young Families

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If you have small children, the kind of dog you incorporate into your family is important. To be family furiendly, the breed has to be naturally gentle, agreeable, and calm. You also want a dog who has a lot of energy because children have way too much, and if they can work off some of that with your pooch, that’s just furfect. The size of the breed is not really important unless you are living in a small apartment, but you don’t want a dog that is so small and dainty that your kids may hurt it. In fact, larger dogs are typically gentler and more docile than little ones, and they can provide protection for your family as well. Here are our top choices of dog breeds that are pawrfect for young families.

Golden Retriever

As one of the top poochies in the world, the Golden Retriever is a lovable pup. These canine kids are furfect family pets because they are gentle, easy to train, and make a great companion dog. They’re the number one service and therapy dog too because of their gentle intelligence and loyalty. 

Labrador Retriever

The Lab has been the number one dog in America for over a decade and continues to shine as a family fur baby because of their sweet disposition, fun personality, and ease of care. They are just as happy playing with the kids as they are working in the yard with you.

Golden Labrador

This docile hybrid of the top two breeds is a pawesome family pet who will lay there and let your kids climb on them without batting an eye. Their soft and gentle personality and sweet disposition makes them a pretty good family pet while also being easy to train and groom.
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One of the smartest breeds around, these furfectly adorable poochies are clever enough to know when to be mellow and when to be energetic, so they are happy to lay around with you or chase the kids around the yard. Your kids will love brushing their curly coat and cuddling while watching television.


Combining the Golden Retriever with the Poodle is just plain smart. They have the gentleness of the Golden with the cleverness of the Poodle, so they can learn tricks or just hang out around the house. They are energetic as well as laid back, so you can expect them to like doing whatever you do.


This hybrid of the Labrador and the Poodle is affectionate, fun, playful, and easy to take care of and train. They do have a lot of energy and need to be exercised every day, but your kids will enjoy doing that. They also like other pets, including cats and can get along anywhere.


The Beagle is one of the happiest dog breeds in the United States and is happy just to be wherever the family is, doing whatevfur they are doing. The bustling Beagle was originally bred to be a hunting dog, but they are just as happy cuddling with you and the kids.


Combining the Beagle with the Golden Retriever creates a very special canine kid who will pawsitively love being a part of any young family. They love kids and other pets, they’re easy to train, and their coat is easy to take care of. This pup also has tons of energy to work off with the kids.


This designer breed is a mix of the Poodle and the Beagle, which may just be one of the cutest little poochies there are. They are fun and friendly, with a lot of energy and intelligence so they can learn whatever you want to teach them and wear out the kids as well.


The Bulldog may look furocious, but they are very gentle, loving, and want to be with the family wherever you go. Loyal and faithful, they love their humans and will use their mean looks to protect the family. Their short coat means no major grooming needs, and they also like other pets.