The 10 best (and cutest!) dog breeds for families

10 Cute Dog Breeds and Best Family Dogs

So you’re ready to get a new dog and you’re trying to figure out which dog breed is best for you and your household. There are many factors to consider when choosing a dog breed. You need to think about the size of the dog, whether it is a long-haired or short-haired dog, its life expectancy and its health.

However, I think the most important thing to consider when choosing a dog is the temperament that is associated with the breed you choose. While some people want a dog that tends to be more aggressive, usually because they use it to protect their property, the average dog owner will probably want to get a dog with a gentle temperament.


For this reason, it’s best for everyone to first look at dog breeds that have been identified as best for families with young children. Even if you don’t have children (or even someone else living with you in your home), these dogs tend to be excellent pets. They are affectionate and friendly, they get along well with guests who come to the house, and they are generally easy to train.

Golden Retrievers

This is the first dog breed that comes to mind when I try to think of good family dogs. Maybe it’s because several families that grew up around me all had golden retrievers that were practically family members themselves. Golden retrievers are considered one of the most loyal dogs around. Families love it because the dog is friendly with the family but will also be there to protect the children if they are ever in danger from strangers.

Labrador Retrievers

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The Golden Retriever is not the only retriever that tends to be a great dog breed. The Labrador Retriever is another retriever that fits well in almost any home. It is a very laid back dog that tends to get along with other dogs and pets quite easily. The only negative thing people say about this dog is that it can be a picky eater, but that can be a small thing to deal with compared to some of the other dog problems out there!

Irish Setters

The Irish Setter is a dog that, like the Golden Retriever, was originally a hunting dog. Over time, it has evolved into a dog that is often associated with a family dog. The main reason this dog is loved by families is that it is a very accommodating dog. He really wants to please people, so he is quite easy to train and certainly easy to love. He is also a very handsome dog!


The first thing I have to say about this dog is that I think it is one of the cutest dog breeds out there! It is not always considered a family dog because it is a very active breed. The Beagle is a dog that wants to get out and about. But if you have an active home and are willing to get out and play with your dog, the Beagle can be a great companion. You certainly won’t be bored with such a dog. The only drawback is that he has a tendency to chew on things, so you will have to spend some time training him if you get this dog.

Shiba Inus

It’s not a very common dog breed, but I fell in love with it after spending time with a pet of this breed that belonged to someone I worked with. (And it’s a breed that has gained popularity since the puppy cam made its way onto the web.) Like the beagle, it is an active animal and is only suitable for homes that are willing to be active with their dogs.

The good news with this pet is that it really likes to stay clean and neat, so you don’t have to go to extra lengths to groom it, and it’s a breed that’s fairly easy to housebreak. It may not be the best dog for a family with very young children, but it’s a good choice to consider when you’re thinking of adding a dog to your home.

Australian Shepherds

This is the kind of dog I had when I was young, so I can attest to the fact that this is a great dog. This breed is really intelligent, which is a good thing in a pet. It’s also an affectionate and loyal breed that is very affectionate. It’s a pretty active dog, but maybe not as active as the Beagle or Shiba Inu, depending, of course, on the individual temperament of the dog you get. The main characteristic of this breed is that it is at its best when guided. So you must be prepared to train the animal and give it a lot of love and attention.



On the opposite end of the spectrum from the pug in terms of size is the Newfoundland. This is a very large creature, but is often called the “gentle giant” because it is so calm and gentle. In fact, this dog is SO laid back that the biggest complaint about him tends to be that he is lazy. If you are looking for a dog that does not require excessive activity but will be a good companion at home, then you may want to consider this animal.


Most people think of poodles as frou-frou show dogs, but the truth is that this breed is a great pet for many different types of homes. They love to play with people of all ages and can usually adapt their behavior to children, even though they are intelligent dogs that are loved by adults. They can be mischievous when they don’t get enough attention, so they need more care than some of the other breeds discussed here, but they are basically an easy breed to have around the house.


This is the ultimate family dog, if only because it is a breed that will always be associated with the famous Lassie dog. It is a breed of dog that performs well as a herding dog and as a good show dog. This means that it is a breed that is easy to train and gets along well with others. They are very calm dogs that are patient with children, and they are also considered to be very intelligent dogs, so adults will appreciate them as well.

That being said, you may just want to look around and find the dog that really seems to be right for you. Sometimes the best dogs are mongrels that you don’t even know what they are!

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