Top 10 Big Dog Breeds for Families

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Families are incomplete without a big, furry pup that they can call their best friend and confidant! If you have a family, know that owning a big dog will be one of your family's fondest treasures. Big dogs just know how to comfort a lonely child or adult, make movie nights all the cozier, and make life in general just more fun. Life is better with a big canine companion at your side, so what are you woofing for? Check out our list of the top ten big dogs for families to see which one would fit right in to your family's lifestyle.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever dogs are undoubtedly one of the most lovable dogs to own, making them the ideal furry companion for your family. Their only downside is that they love everybody, so protecting your home isn't at the top of their list, although they are intelligent and can sense friend from foe.

Rough Collie

Collies, in general, make extraordinary pets, but a Rough Collie will make your child's dream of owning their own loyal "Lassie" come to life. Rough Collies are very well-behaved dogs, especially with children. While large, they are well-trained and adaptable, so they can easily integrate into your home and lifestyle.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the largest dog breeds out there, and certainly one of the most affectionate. While they do have a short lifespan (ruffly 6-8 years), these dogs will make the most of the time they have with your family. They are incredibly faithful and caring, making them a furrific family dog.
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Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is easily one of themostĀ pawpularĀ large dog breeds to own in the world, and it's truly no wonder why. Their gentle, affectionate personality greatly outweighs their large size and robust frame. St. Bernards require lots of grooming, and can, at times, be unaware of their size when playing with children.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds will be there for you day and night to play or to protect. They are truly an all-around great dog with a loyal and obedient nature. Families will appreciate their faithfulness and willingness to please and protect the family or property. Their devotion to protecting is only outweighed by their devotion to loving!

Great Dane

Typically referred to as the "Gentle Giant" of all the dog breeds, the Great Dane has many qualities which make it an ideal large dog for families. Not only are they furrific pets for children, but they also make devoted furry companions for life. Loving and gentle, you really can't go wrong with a Great Dane!

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is another affectionate and loving large-sized dog breed that any family would be furrtunate to have. They are pawpular for sporting/hunting purposes due to their webbed feed and gentle jaws which retrieve ducks from the water. They make furrificĀ companions for children and families thanks to their docile nature.

English Mastiff

English Mastiff dogs are certainly on the larger end of the spectrum, but that doesn't mean they are less loving or equipped to be a part of a loving family! Mastiffs are known for their good-nature and gentle temperament. They are not pushovers, however, and will protect your family and property if need be.


Newfoundland dogs, often nicknamed "Newfs," are a large breed of dog that pairs well with families thanks to their gentle temperament and high trainability. They are sweet-natured, calm, and quiet, but can show an aggressive streak towards other male canines. Otherwise, these oversized pups makeĀ furrific cuddle buddies companions for your family.

Great Pyrenees

If you're lucky enough to own a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog, then you know how loving and gentle they are. Docile giants at best, they are only moderately active, but would probably prefer getting pampered by the kids at home on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Their thick coats keep them hot, so they are better equipped to live in colder climates.