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Best Dog Breeds for a Family

The Addition of a pet can be so exciting, especially when children are involved. The decision to purchase a pet or adopt one is a very big responsibility. Your new pet has to have a lot of love and attention. They need to be bathed and groomed, have daily exercise, and be fed on a regular schedule. Discuss with your family the size pet that you think would fit in well with you lifestyle. When you have decided what kind of pet you would like to have, it is very important to do some research about that pet. One thing to keep in mind when you have narrowed down your decision is to only buy from a very reliable breeder that comes highly recommended.

          Animal Shelters are filled with wonderful, loving pets. Most of these animals are mixed but some are purebred. An adoption fee usually is charged due to the pet being up to date on all vaccinations and, in some cases, being spayed or neutered before you take him/her home.



          Your dog can give you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship. In return, they count on you for food, water, safe shelter, veterinary care, exercise and love.

Also, remember you have to get some supplies for your new pet like:

  1. Food
  2. Water bowl
  3. Collar
  4. Leash (for those 2am potty walks)
  5. Shampoo,
  6. Bedding
  7.  Toys (so he won’t eat dads new Nike shoes)
  8. Puppy pads

Pet stores make it very exciting for the whole family because you get to bring in the new pet and shop for supplies. It can also get very expensive very fast, so make sure that you are ready for this adventure.

I have made up a list of different size breeds that are known as a “Family Pets. This is ONLY a suggestion and is not meant to be carved in stone. Always do your own research and see what is right for your own family. Happy Puppy Pampering!


Small Breeds



They are small fluffy dogs with silky type hair. Maltese are very active and playful. It is easy to teach them tricks. They love the outdoors, but are also good for families that may live in an apartment or small home. Grooming and brushing is a constant chore if you want your Maltese to look as good as possible. Lack of daily maintenance of a Maltese’s coat could cause you a lot of work one day when you have to cut the mats out of their hair. As you can see, a camera is a must because they are so adorable! (Say “ruff ruff”!)

Boston Terrier

 The Boston Terrier is a friendly and active dog. They are very smart and easy to train. Unlike the Maltese, the Boston Terrier requires less maintenance on their coat because it is so short. So, if you’re looking for a pet that doesn’t need to be groomed as often, then you may want to consider a pet like this. They also tend to make unique expressions with their faces and absolutely love children. The Boston Terriers are very eager to run and play all day, and they love to please!



That precious pushed in nose is a winner! These adorable babes can be housed anywhere, including small apartments because they need minimal exercise, but crave an abundance of love. Their coats are short like that of the Boston Terrier, so they require little to no maintenance, however, Pugs do tend to shed, so you will need a really good vacuum cleaner for this little one! Who could resist this little wrinkled up ball of love?


Ok enough with the small babies, now on to the next size.

Medium Breeds


Beagles are a happy and friendly kind of pet, and are perfect for playing with children. The Beagle, in my opinion, is the most popular breed of dog for a family, and is number one recommended for families with children. They are extremely loyal to their owners and love to be smothered with kisses. Their coat does not require much maintenance, but you may be giving this little baby baths more often than other breeds because Beagles love to run and play!



This is my favorite middle size dog; I have always loved Lassie. The Collie is a devoted family dog, especially with children. They are extremely intelligent and only need to be shown things a few times before they grasp what you are attempting to teach them. Due to the length of their coats, Collies will occasionally become dirty, so a daily brushing is needed to comb out any mud or debris. Also, Collies do not shed on a daily basis, but rather blow their coats generally twice a year. During this time the should be brushed more often.



If you’ve ever met a Schnauzer, then you know they are very active dogs. They are also very protective; it is like having a little security guard. They bark at suspicious noises and people and will alert the entire household if something seems out of place. The breed is extremely intelligent and also very strong willed or stubborn. Schnauzers rarely shed, but if you plan on keeping their skirts long, then daily brushing and grooming is a necessity.


Now on to the Big Boys….

Large Breeds


German Shepherd

German Shepherds are excellent family pets.  These dogs are very smart. You will find German shepherds are trained as drug dogs for police departments. They were even used during 9/11 to locate living and deceased individuals at the twin towers. They are loyal animals and are great companions to a family. They are low maintenance, but have very thick hair, so try to brush their coat at least once or twice a week.



Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever’s are loveable, well-mannered pets. They are always eager to please their owners and especially love attention. They are also extremely intelligent and can be easily trained. They are perfect for children because they are always patient and gentle, even the elderly. Golden retrievers are great watchdogs, they will loudly bark if a stranger approaches. But makes sure to always keep them on a leash, even near water because these dogs love to swim!


Labrador Retriever

OK, I saved my favorite large breed dog for last, the Labrador. Like the Golden Retriever, labs love swimming! They are also great dogs for families, and are easy to train. So if you and your family happen to have agreed on acquiring a large dog, then you may want to consider a lab. They are loving and devoted to their family and are even great with other animals if you want to add another pet to your family later on.


So, I hope now you have enough information to hopefully begin your search for the perfect pet for you and your family. Whichever breed you end up choosing, I’m sure you will love and adore the new addition to your family!



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One Response to “ “Best Dog Breeds for a Family”

  1. Irene V. says:

    Love the photos and narrative about each dog breed. There is no other way to become a parent to a new puppy or older dog than by way of pet adoption. The puppies and dogs make the best pets and loyal companions for a lifetime!

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