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Top 5 Family Dog Breeds.

by Sandra Ivonne 4 days ago in breeds

A list of my favorite family friendly dog breeds.

Top 5 Family Dog Breeds.
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Let's start off by saying this. Many breeds make great family dogs. It just depends on what you are looking for. Do you want a dog that is protective? Do you need a workout partner or do you want a dog that will gladly lounge around the house or apartment with you? These are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself before going about choosing a furry friend. It wouldn't make sense if you are an avid hiker or love the outdoors and then you decided you wanted a Bulldog. It also wouldn't make sense if you wanted to hang around the apartment all day and got a Siberian Husky.

If you're like me, you have been searching the internet and you just so happened to land on this very page. Well, i'm here to help you make that decision because I know it can be a difficult one. Let's dive right in to it.

Here is a list of my Top 5 Family Dog Breeds.

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Golden Retriever

This breed has to be by far one of my favorite family breeds. They are willing to please/ easily trained, good with children and have a loving and affectionate demeanor. Be aware that they were originally bred to be working dogs so they will need to be active.

  • Personality: Intelligent, friendly, and loyal.
  • Energy Level: Very Active; This dog is active and energetic, and needs daily exercise.
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Easy
  • Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

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Dependable and predictable, the Bulldog is a wonderful family pet and loving to most children. As a breed, they are very people oriented and often times they will actively seek out human attention so be prepared to give out lots of belly rubs! They generally get along well with other family pets and are quite content lounging out around the house. This breed does not require a lot of physical activity.

  • Personality: Calm, courageous, and friendly; dignified but amusing
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active although they do require some physical activity such as daily walks and occasional play time.
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 14-15 inches
  • Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

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Beagles are friendly, playful, and loving, making them excellent family dogs. Due to their affectionate and gentle nature, beagles are considered one of the best dog breeds for families. Their docile nature allows them to adapt well in most living situations; although a house with a fenced in back yard is ideal. Beagles have a lot of energy so they thrive with a family that will give him or her lots of play time and daily exercise.

  • Personality: Happy, friendly, and curious
  • Energy Level: Very Active; requires lots of play time.
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches
  • Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

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Pugs are best suited to people who have a lot of time and love to give, as the breed loves and thrives on human affection. They are among the most gentle and passive of all breeds. Pugs adapt well to most living situations whether it be an apartment or a house. They will tolerate the prodding of a child, are not known to nip or bite and are protective of their family. They love to romp and play games so a family with a child is perfect for this breed.

  • Personality: Even-tempered, charming and loving
  • Energy Level: Somewhat active; Pugs have strong legs and a healthy curiosity. These need to be exercised daily.
  • Good with Children: Better with supervision
  • Good with Other Dogs: With supervision
  • Shedding: Regularly
  • Grooming: Weekly brushing
  • Trainability: Agreeable
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

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German Shepherd

Last but certainly not least, my personal favorite breed. The German Shepherd.

German shepherds can be very gentle companions and family protectors with proper socialization and training. They love to play and be close to their loved ones. They are an ideal breed for active families. As long he/she is properly trained, the intelligence and protective demeanor of this breed can make it a good choice for families with children.

  • Personality: Loyal, obedient, loving and intelligent
  • Energy Level: Very active
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with Other Dogs: With proper socialization
  • Shedding: Regularly
  • Grooming: Weekly brushing
  • Trainability: Eager to please
  • Height: 24-46 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 66 to 88 pounds (male), 49-71 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 9-13 years


Sandra Ivonne

A Queer, Mexican American writer/artist who enjoys black and white horror films, animals, swearing, giving her opinion with no filter and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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