Top 10 dog breeds for families

Which dog breeds make the best family dogs?

What are the best dog breeds for kids? When adding a puppy or a dog to your family, it can be difficult to decide which is the best fit. We’ve compiled a list of the best dog breeds for a family with kids.

Every dog is different, and personalities can vary even amongst the same breed, however, if you are specifically looking for a dog who will be excited to join your pack, here are some of the friendliest dog breeds out there


The Golden retriever is known for being one of the most personable breeds around. Always eager to please, Golden Retrievers have a calm temperament and are happy to socialise with adults, children and other animals alike! These sturdy, medium-sized dogs grow to about 5575 pounds and typically live to be about 1012 years old.


The Labrador Retriever breed is known to be friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing. With a medium-sized physique, short coat and floppy ears, they are clever dogs that need training, attention and love! Their gentle demeanour makes them great family pets.


Beagles were bred to be part of a pack, making them very comfortable with socialising with people and animals. Their noses guide them through life and they are happiest when following a scent. Beagles are clever and energetic hounds who require plenty of playtime!


Cavalier King Charles Spaniels aren’t just adorable, they are sociable dogs who are bred to be companions. They love to be doted on and are happiest when they are snuggled up on the sofa with their families. Cavaliers do equally well with active owners and homebodies. They can be athletic and upbeat or couch potatoes, depending on their owner’s lifestyle.


It’s likely you know someone who has a cocker spaniel. They are high energy dogs who suit active families who enjoy walking and adventure. Although they need proper socialisation and training, they have an incredibly affectionate, funny pups who easily slot into family life.


Dachshunds are famous for their long, low silhouette and vivacious personalities. They come in three coat types; smooth, wire-haired or longhaired. They are not built for long walks, jumping or swimming but they are smart and they are vigilant. Their braveness makes them great guard dogs but their endearing nature makes them excellent companions for young families.


If you are looking for a larger addition to your pack, the Bernese mountain dog is nicknamed The Gentle Giant. They are very patient and kind which makes them great with kids and are particularly well suited to active families with older children. 


Boston Terriers are happy, determined breeds and are usually good with children. They love company and suit owners who want fun, affectionate companions that don’t need much exercise.


Cockapoos are perfect for families with allergies as they produce low amounts of dander and hair. They were developed to be companion dogs and are usually friendly and very happy. They are nonshedding dogs and give off little amounts of odour on the skin and coat.


Pugs make excellent companions for children. They are energetic and sturdy dogs which makes them ideal family pets. They are known for having one of the best temperaments of any breed and they love nothing more than to warm-up laps.