Top 10 Family Dogs

If you are thinking of adding a new member to your family in the form of a dog, you should understand that this is a decision that you should not be taken lightly.  It is important to research thoroughly which dog breed is best for you, your family and your day to day life.

To give you some help, if you are still thinking about the breed of dog you want for your family and unsure which is best, we have put together a list of what we feel are the top 10 family dogs.

Golden Retrievers And Labradors

These particular dogs are known for being highly affectionate, loyal intelligent and always eager to please.  They also are known for being highly tolerant of children.  As they are pliable and easy to train, they are capable of following rules and commands easily.


If you are looking for a dog that loves to have fun and sit on a lap, but also loves to run around in the fields – pugs are the right choice.  There are many reasons why families often choose this breed over the many others out there.  They have a reputation for being particularly funny.


Beagles have a big heart and are incredibly lovable and loving and will always enjoy cuddles and play.  Although they may not be your first choice, because they are pack animals, this makes them ideal for a family setting.

St Bernard

Big dogs with big personalities, St Bernards are not for everyone, but if you take a chance on these bear-like canines, you will be rewarded with a loyal friend for life.  They were bred especially to help people and this inherited love has been passed down through the generations.


Boxers can be the joker of the dog world can endear itself to everyone it comes in to contact.  They are hyperactive so this breed is best matched with families that have a lot of energy and lead very active lives.

Bichon Frise

Merry little dogs with a wonderful and happy approach to life, Bichon Frise have a natural tendency to like people are very gentle in nature.  If you are looking for a compact, cute and loving ball of fur, the Bichon Frise may be right.

Hungarian Vizsla

Vizslas are known for being velcro dogs, due to their ability to form virtually unbreakable bonds with people and have a strong affinity with children.  They are known for their obedience, protective loyal and energetic nature and make rather good playmates and companions for children.

Cocker Spaniels

Fun loving, energetic and intelligent – cocker spaniels are great additions to families.  With patience and the right amount of determination and perseverance, they can be easily trained and will always obey orders and commands.


Poodles are often favoured by families with allergies because they shed hair less than other dogs and therefore do not trigger allergies.  As they come in various sizes, you can find a poodle to suit your family and household needs.

Mixed Breeds/Hybrids

Cross-breeds can have many positives that you don’t necessarily get from pure breed dogs.  They often live longer and don’t suffer from the genetic problems and limitations that pedigrees do.  Cockapoo, is a spaniel cross that also has some poodle in it too and is an especially great breed for families.

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