Choosing a family dog can be as stressful as it is fun. But there are certain breeds that were made to take care of kids and will tirelessly protect your family as much as it will love them. Here are the best breeds to take home.
1. Golden Retriever
This friendly and sociable all-American favorite is probably the most common family dog, and one of the sweetest breeds around, bonding quickly with family members. While most dogs in the retriever family have these qualities, these guys are some of the most impressive athletes – they love swimming, running, fetching and playing. They adore companionship and are perfect for active days with the kids
This slobber monster isn’t just one of the cutest dogs around, it’s often referred to as “nature’s babysitter” and can be yours as well! As huge as they are, they’re very gentle, watchful, patient and love kids. Infants and grandparents alike will find it hard not to totally fall head over heels for this pup who can double as your nanny. Space is essential with this dog, as it can weigh up to a whopping 150 pounds, and that fluff is no joke.
3. Bull Terrier
Bull Terriers and pitbulls often get a bad rep for being scary or aggressive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If this is so, that just means the dog was abused in some way or another. These loyal dogs are the ultimate companions and have a high threshold for pain, making it perfect for unruly children. They will fiercely protect your kids, and also tolerate ear-pulling and other mischievous behavior with a toothy smile on they face.
This is another dog that gets a bad reputation for being a former fighter dog, but that’s yet another myth. when taken care of and nurtured, these boxers won’t just protect and love your kids, they’ll be the new comedians of the family. Filled with upbeat charisma and goofy sweetness, when trained right, these little guys will be your fearless protectors as well as a provider of laughs. They’re also short haired and quite easy to maintain.
5. Basset Hound
These low-bellied hot dogs are part of the hunting family, and a renowned family pet. Although they’re genetically hinters, they’re quite slow paced and lazy, but they’re equally loyal. Along with being gentle and very affectionate, they can be a bit stubborn and take some time to train, so if you’re extremely busy, this might not be the best choice. They usually weight around 50-60 pounds, making them good for smaller apartments.
6. Shih Tzu
Tiny dog lovers will fawn over this furry and friendly creature. Appropriate for kids of all age, Shih Tzu’s don’t need as much energy as other breeds and are a steadfast companion that loves being close to their owners at all time. Ideal for city dwellers living in confined spaces, or those with small children and busy schedules.
7. Mixed breed
More commonly referred to as mutts, these dogs are often left behind in shelters due to their cross breeding, as many people prefer purebred dogs. However, these dogs are crying out for love and are less high maintenance than a lot of pure breeds. They also aren’t as prone to the genetic health condition that pedigree dogs commonly face, which can rack up a hefty veterinary bill.
This floppy eared little cuties are known for their curious nature and their love for roaming. Their favorite thing is companionship, and they adjust well to living with families, even if other pets are in the household. This is a good choice for active families that don’t leave their pup alone at home for long periods. If you do, it may howl excessively and cause some house destruction.
9. Rhodesian Ridgeback
There’s nothing quite like the comfort of embracing a huge but gentle dog, and anyone who is familiar with the Rhodesian Ridgeback will immediately understand. These noble but lazy dogs don’t bark often, but are very protective over their family and make fiercely loyal guard dogs.