Beagle for a family dogYou may have reached the point where you decided it’s time to give in to your kids’ request for a family dog. Research is key! Finding the best breed for your family’s needs, personality and activity level is essential to ensuring your new addition is the perfect fit.

Keep in mind that no dog is perfectly safe, particularly when children are involved. No matter what breed you choose — or even a mixed breed from an animal shelter — you need to commit to enrolling the dog in training classes and providing food, shelter and love to your new pet.

Be aware that it’s natural for a dog to snip or even bite when it feels threatened, particularly around its food, toys and bed. So it’s necessary to also educate your children on properly caring for the dog. Teach your kids about the signs your dog gives to back off before the dog acts out.

Nevertheless, there are many dog breeds highly suitable for families, according to the American Kennel Club. 

Here are five of the best family dogs:

  1. Bulldog: It’s well-known in dog circles that bulldogs are great companions for kids. They tend to be calm and friendly, despite their tough-looking appearance. They’re also ideal for a less active family, since they don’t need many walks during the day and enjoy long naps on the couch.
  2. Beagle: As a medium-size dog, they are well-suited for families with young children. Beagles make great companions and are typically very happy and easygoing dogs. Beagles have a strong sense of smell and will do best in a home where they can explore their surroundings.
  3. Newfoundland: For families looking for a large yet gentle breed, the Newfoundland is a great option. Newfoundlands were originally bred to work, assisting fishermen and farmers alike. They enjoy swimming and are hardworking. Be sure to give your Newfoundland a lot of exercise! They also tend to have a sweet personality and are devoted to their owners.
  4. Golden Retriever: As one of the most popular breeds in America, the Golden Retriever is definitely recognizable as a strong contender for family pet. Friendly and tolerant, the Golden Retriever is also smart and excellent retrievers … as the name implies. This breed will enjoy living with an active family who will be as devoted to it as the dog is to them.
  5. Labrador Retriever: Labs were bred to be faithful companions and hard workers, which still holds true today. Labrador Retrievers are even used as service dogs, cementing their place as a faithful and tolerant breed.
Contact The May Firm

When deciding upon the best breed of dog for your family, use this list as a reference to guide your decision-making process. If you are ever in a situation where a dog bites or attacks, causing injuries, contact the personal injury attorneys at The May Firm at 1-844-MAY-FIRM.