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The 7 Best Dogs to Have as a Family Companion

If you have recently started a family, or your kids are begging you for a family dog, you may be wondering what are the best dogs for a family companion.

While there are many dog breeds that can fit into your home, these seven types of dogs are known for their adaptability to family households.

The 7 Best Dogs to Have as a Family Companion

We are a lover of all dogs however we know that some dogs simply work better in a family atmosphere, especially with kids.

Take a look below at our top 7 picks for the best dogs to have as a family companion.

Golden Retrievers

Golden retrievers are one of the best dogs that any family could ask for.

They are well-known for being highly intelligent and friendly dogs.

Golden Retrievers fit into any home due to their pleasant and easily lovable personalities.

But, if you are looking for a guard dog, their cheery nature may disappoint in this regard.

These lovable dogs are easy to train and even more so when you find a great trainer.

Yellow lab


When it comes to having a dog around your children, a friendly personality is something that you will be looking for.

Labradors are known for being fantastic family dogs.

Although Labrador Retriever puppies do require a lot of attention and care, they will end up fitting right in.



These funny-looking dogs are actually a lot sweeter than they look and make a perfect addition to a family.

You can trust them alone with your children and know that their calm personalities will work out well with your little ones and their antics.



Beagles are strong enough to put up with rowdy children.

They are also friendly enough not to get bothered by them, making them ideal for any family unit.

These fun dogs do require a lot of exercise, but most dogs do. They would happily make a walking partner for your kids or for you.


This dog breed isn’t heard of a lot when talking about dogs that are good with children.

However, it is actually a fabulous animal to have in your home.

They love water, are very easy-going, and get along well with children.


Bulldogs may look like angry dogs, but they are extremely calm animals that do well in family households.

While they aren’t very active, they do require some exercise to avoid obesity.

They are stubborn, but easygoing and get along with children.



While it may seem cliché that a collie is a family dog, they have their reputation for a good reason.

They are very gentle dogs with active personalities, making them great dogs to have living with any family.

There are many dogs that do well with children and large families, but these seven are known for being the best dogs to have as a family companion!

Madison Finley

Friday 23rd of October 2020

Great list! I'll always have a soft spot for golden retrievers. They're so affectionate and eager to please.

Brandi Dawn

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

This is a good list but neither of my doggos are on it! Haha. I am an equal opportunity dog lover. I dont think there is a breed I havent liked!


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I want a dog breed of large


Saturday 29th of April 2017

Thanks for this list. Good to know what breeds are generally safe with kids.


Wednesday 6th of April 2016

My brother has a goldendoodle which is a super family friendly dog!

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