3 of the Best Dog Breeds for Families

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You should never judge a book by its cover—or a dog, for that matter. When it comes to choosing the best dog breed for your family, there are important characteristics to consider such as how much exercise your dog will need, as well as personality traits that might not fit with your brood.

Bull Terrier

The terrier dog group is sometimes a controversial breed, but these dogs can be wonderful family pets—if properly trained. Socialization is key to success with this breed. Calm, confident training and handling is critical in making sure this breed becomes a well-loved family member.

Top 3 Breed Traits

  • Active
  • Protective
  • Good-natured

The bull terrier is very protective by nature, so it’s important to train your bull terrier to know when the owner has a situation under control (almost always) and when his protective help is needed. You’ll also need to keep these dogs active.

They are very ‘busy’ dogs that need a job and direction in order to prevent them from destroying things in the house and developing other problem behaviors. They have endless energy to keep up with kids over 6 and active families. Their fun-loving outlook to life and ability to entertain make them great family pets with a proper protective edge.

Fun Fact: Famous bull terriers include Spuds MacKenzie from the 1980s Budweiser commercials, and the Target dog.

Great Pyrenees

This breed is known as the gentle giant—Great Pyrenees grow to well over 100 pounds. But don’t let their size fool you; they’re great dogs for families. Since they are a guardian breed that was meant to protect a flock, they are great with kids of all ages. Being with their family is of paramount importance for this breed.

Top 3 Breed Traits

  • Calm
  • Stoic
  • Stubborn

Make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to spending time with your Great Pyrenees. And perhaps a Dyson Animal Vac or plenty of lint rollers handy.

If you don’t like dog hair, don’t get this breed Their coat is gorgeous but they will shed all over your house! Despite their size, Great Pyrenees don’t need tons of exercise. They would enjoy a large yard to roam or one to two brisk walks a day. They like consistency and knowing who their family is.

They can sometimes be aloof since anyone outside their ‘flock’ is either a threat or not important. So if a family has guests constantly coming and going, this may not be the best breed for them. Training is also key with this breed; Great Pyrenees also need to learn to trust their pet parent.

They have been bred to often work alone, so it is important to teach these dogs from an early age they should look to you for guidance before making decisions.

Labradors

Perhaps the quintessential American family dog, Labradors are beloved family pets, and with good reason. This is a great, well-rounded family dog. As a result, many people breed labs since they know the puppies will sell quickly.

Top 3 Breed Traits

  • Happy
  • Smart
  • Social

We highlighted some of the dangers of buying from a breeder, including what you should look out for. Do your homework to make sure you are getting a puppy from a reputable breeder. Or, even better, reach out to your local lab rescue group and adopt a puppy in need. Once you find a healthy lab puppy, expected these good-natured dogs to be a loyal and loving family companion for many years to come.

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