The Best Dog Breed for a Family!

What is the best dog breed for a family?

Mya, Shane and Luke

Golden Retrievers are a great family dog.

So you’re thinking about getting a dog? You may have small children or maybe they’ve grown enough to a point that you’re ready to add a four legged member to your family. And you want to know, “What is the best dog breed for a family?”

So many breeds. How to choose?


In my opinion the number one deciding factor. You want a dog breed that is able to get along with children. I have grown up with a few different breeds (German Schnauzer, Chocolate Lab, Basset Hound, Bichon Frise, and Golden Retriever). All excellent breeds but, for my money, the golden retriever was the best family dog.


Just like children, most if not all, dogs can be trained with structure and persistence. There are however some breeds of dogs that have been bred for specific purposes and training. Dogs bred for protection or detection service may have a very territorial demeanor such as the German shepherd, and “bull” dog type breeds. That is not to say they can’t be good family dogs. Because I do know some very sweet dogs of those type of breeds.


This may or may not be a big deal for some. But families with some allergies will want to get a dog that is “hypoallergenic.” There are many breeds that fit this category and are also very good family dogs. I would say the golden retriever would not fit this category. Also regarding coat, there are dogs that will require more grooming than others.

Size Matters:

When choosing the best dog for your family you’ll want to consider the size of the dog. There are so many great breeds in every size. I have a friend the has a Great Dane. She is a very sweet dog, very friendly and great with kids. However her yard is filled with land mines that needs continuous cleaning. It can also be difficult to take her places if you have even a mid-sized vehicle. And if you really want a lap dog a Great Dane may not be the answer. Like many things in life when we see something we really want then that’s what we aim for. If you’ve had your heart set on a specific breed then, by all means, going with heart is never a bad choice.

As always, I would love to hear about your experiences. What do you think is the best family dog?

Happy Tails, Shane

Bed time story

Bed time story with Mya.






Shane Clement


  1. There is much more to choose from than just looks. And you did a great job, it’s a lot easier to understand dogs and which breed would suit me the best.

    Thanks for such a helpful post, maybe in the future you can take individual breed and make a post about him – and maybe pros and cons of having each breed or something like that. It’s just the idea, if you like it you can go that way. Thanks!

    • Dario,
      Appreciate the feedback. Let me know if you’re ever looking for a dog. Would love to help in anyway that I can.

  2. Great article. I have two Chow chows. People have told me they are not the best family dogs due to their possessive and territorial nature. Often when people meet my boy for the first time they tend to be a bit cautious around him. But you know what, he’s the friendliest most loving dog I’ve ever met. He loves people, children, other dogs and even cats (although they are not his biggest fans). My girl is still a pup so I’ll just have to wait and see how her temperament develops.

    Again great article.

    • Thanks Jean,
      I have known some Chows. Both very nice dogs. I really think a lot has to do with the owners and the environment they are brought up in. So many dogs, if brought up around children, will mostly likely be very friendly.

  3. I agree you must really think it out before you just get a dog. My wife and I are considering a German Shepherd because they don’t get really long hair and they are trainable and great watch dogs.

    • Ronnie,
      Thanks for chiming in. German Shepherds can be a great watch dog. However, my only experience with German Shepherds is that they can be very territorial and protective. I think with good training all breeds can be very sweet dogs.


  4. Hello there Shane, can you recommend a small size dog, family friendly, does not shed and can be trained?

    When choosing a dog, should we also be concerned with disease(s) that may affect them? I ask because some might have a higher rate than others of getting sick…

    Thank you!

    • Hello Udoh,
      I could recommend the Bichon Frise, other wise known as a “curly lap dog.” My parents had one and she was very sweet, family friendly and did not shed and my father had her well trained.

      As for breeds and concerns for risk of disease. That is a question that I can will do more research on. I dog know some bigger breeds have a propensity for having difficulties with their hips. From experience diet and exercise are extremely important in defending against disease.

      Thanks for the comment. I will definitely look into your question regarding disease.

  5. Hmmm.

    What would be a good breed for a dog that is cute, playful, easy to train, but not too big or scary?

    Because there are a lot of children in the area who may get scared of dogs, I think a tiny dog would probably be a better idea. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Ben,
      I know that one would think a tiny dog would be best, but I have been around some small breeds that can be very territorial and nervous around children. I can tell you that without a doubt Golden Retrievers (in my opinion) are the best family, kid friendly dog. They are very trainable. The only downfall is that they do shed quite a bit. Although they can be a little bigger (especially the males) they are great with children.

      Hope this helps, Shane

  6. Shane,
    I have a Tibetan Terrier and I can say they amazing family dogs. They fit all the criteria you mention above… medium size dogs with very mellow temperament but also playful when you want them to be. They have hair, not fur, which makes t them super hypoallergenic with very little to no shedding at all, although they do require constant grooming. Love my TT!!

    • Adrian,
      Great recommendation! I have family friends that have a Tibetan Terrier. Her name is Tootsy. She is absolutely one of the sweetest dogs I’ve been around.
      Thanks for the comment, Shane

    • Hi Dawn,
      Yorkies are great dogs (hypoallergenic too 🙂
      Thanks for the comment.

  7. I’m considering getting a dog too. I leave alone, Any recommendation? I like them small.

    • Ben,
      There a several small dog breeds that would be great. A few are Bichon Frise, Yorkie, Shih Tzu, Jack Russel Terrier…
      Let me know what you are considering or what you choose.
      Good luck, Shane

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