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Have you been looking for the perfect dog to become your child’s next best friend? Finding a dog that’s compassionate and gentle is as important as finding one that’s playful. To help you narrow down your decisions, we’ve listed five of the best dog breeds for families.

With one of these dogs, you’ll have a companion for life. It’s time to find the next member of your family.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are considered the ultimate family dog because they’re one of the friendliest breeds around. This means they’re sociable with other dogs and they’re also fantastic with kids.

On top of this, they’re incredibly active, so you or your kids can spend hours playing with them. It’s a great way to encourage your entire family to get exercise. When the workout is done, these dogs love to cuddle. They’ll return your love in abundance.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

You might be surprised that we included Staffies on this list because they were originally bred for pit fighting. The reason we’ve included them is that with the right training and care, they’re actually extremely gentle and affectionate.

Staffies prove that even dogs with bad reputations can be perfect for children. These dogs are highly loyal and will protect your children from danger as long as they’re treated with love and respect. Pitbulls and Staffies’ reputation for kindness has even earned them the nickname “nanny dog”.


If your child has allergies, a poodle is a wonderful option when it comes to picking a dog. Their fur is hypoallergenic which means they don’t shed or cause irritation. They’re also intelligent which means they can be trained easily and even taught to do tricks.

Additionally, standard poodles have gentle temperaments and even toy poodles are kind dogs if trained properly. Check out the page Pride and Prejudoodles to see how sweet and playful these dogs can be.


Snoopy is one of the world’s most beloved dogs so why not consider getting your own beagle? They’re perfect if you’re looking for a smaller dog that’s still playful and intelligent. Despite their stature, they’re sturdy so they’ll enjoy many games with kids.

Beagles are also compassionate and calm when they’re resting. They love the outdoors which means that they’re the perfect companion for family adventures.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the US. Spend five minutes with one and you’ll see why. These dogs are the whole package. They’re compassionate and gentle while being playful and intelligent as well.

Labradors do need daily exercise to stay healthy but once they’ve bonded with you and your kids, you’ll have a companion for life.

Final Thoughts

Although we’ve deemed these breeds the best of the best, no matter what dog you get, as long as you raise them with love and compassion, they’ll be a valuable member of your family. Consider checking out your local shelter to find a new family friend.

With a dog, your house will become a home. Which breed is your favourite?