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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to Choose a Breed for your Family

You’ve decided to add a dog to your family. This is a big commitment! Your mind might immediately fly to the supplies you’ll need. Leashes, food bowls, organic dog shampoo and other bath supplies, the list goes on. These things should come second to choosing just the right breed for your family. Knowing what breed will best fit into your lifestyle is key to making a decision that will keep your family and your new dog happy. When you are choosing a dog you need to consider their disposition, temperament, size, and energy. All of these things will help determine if a dog is the right fit. So what are the best family dog breeds?

Remember these are meant to giving you a starting point. The best family dog breeds don’t guarantee that your child and a dog will be a good match. They are both individuals! It is important to talk to your vet before making any big adoption decisions. It is also a good idea to spend some time with each of the breeds you are considering.

The Best Family Dog Breeds


While not a “rule” larger dogs may be a wiser choice for small children. Why? They are less likely to be an injured by accidently being stepped on. Big dogs are more durable, and anyone who has watched a toddler with a pet knows why that is important. It makes children less likely to get bit because a scared, hurt dog snapped at them.

An exception to this, Pugs. Pugs are very friendly by nature. They love people, especially playing with children. They can be a great fit for a home with kids.

Labrador Retrievers

These dogs are by far one of the most commonly thought of dog when considering the best family dog breeds. They love to run and play with children. They are a very loving and loyal dog. All of these things make them great family pets.

However, you need to have time for a Labrador because they have a LOT of energy. This means they need exercise and training. Without those two things Labradors can become a large dog barreling down your kids with all their extra energy!


Collies are gentle dogs. This is a great temperament to have when it comes to a home with children. They are still active and enjoy being played with. The only potential “downside” is that these dogs will require a little more grooming to keep them looking their best because of their long hair.


An incredibly friendly and loyal dog a Whippet makes a great addition to the family. These dogs will like sharing quiet time with you, but they need and want time to run too! The perfect combination for a family dog. Great for any size home as long as they get time to exercise.

English Bulldog

These dogs are bred to be great companions. They should be both loving and patient. Overall have a loving and gentle demeanor. They are a loyal friend that would be happy to sit next to you while you do homework. However they may have some limitations as far as activities go, so if you have an older child looking for a dog to run miles alongside a bike, a bulldog may not be your choice.

These five breeds are among the best family dog breeds. They should certainly be on your list to check out when choosing a breed for your family.

So before you head out the door to buy chew toys, dog beds, organic dog shampoo and other bath supplies, remember choosing the right breed is crucial to the success of your pet-owner relationship. Spend enough time doing your research before you adopt.

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com

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