Best Breeds for Families

Dogs become a member of our families, which is why it's important to choose a breed that is a good fit for your family. When choosing a breed, there are factors to take into consideration: compatibility with children, affection towards people, accomodation for dogs, and fit within your family's lifestye. Whether you are searching for an energetic running mate or a gentle sweetheart, there is a match for every family.

Here are just few of the popular breeds that are known to be good family dogs:

 

Bulldog

You may have the image of drooling lips and hanging skin when you picture dulldogs, but they are known for their friendliness and openness towards people, as well as other pets. Although they are not the most energetic of the dogs, their mellow, patient personalities makes bulldogs the perfect match for children. Bulldogs are also tough, and can handle your children's ruff plays! Comfortable in most living conditions, bulldogs are great for families living in apartments or small houses.

 

 


 
Newfoundland

Often named "nature's babysitter" for their sweet and protective love, newfoundlands fit well in families with small children. They are calm and obedient, with gentle and loyal personalities that make them loved by the young and the old. Two small concerns: they drool and they shed. Newfoundlands thrive best with families living in houses with large open spaces.

 



Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are the well-suited playmates for active children, as well as adults. Labs love being a member of the family, always desiring close human companionship and attention. They're playful, and their intelligent personalities make them one of America's favorite breeds. One caution - they love to eat, eat, and eat! If you don't keep watch their diet and level of exercise, they can easily become obese.

(psst...over 50% of dogs in the U.S. are obese!)