18 Best Dog Breeds For Families And Kids

One of the most commonly asked questions i.e, What are the best dog breeds for families to own? Let’s find out the answer.

So, the answer is all the breeds are good in their own perspective, it totally depends on how you train them. God gives us a gift in the form of dogs, undisputed one of the most beautiful creatures on the earth. All the dog breeds are perfect but yes as we humans are not perfect in every field then so how can we expect from them. After all the research I found the best dog breeds in the world for kids and families.

Let us have a look at the Best Dog Breeds for families and kids, in the world, in different groups.




Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small breed of spaniel class in the toy dog breeds. The Charles spaniel is a packet full of mesmerizing beauty, splendid grace, and high spirited tail wager. Cavalier king has a silky, smooth coat and often a smooth entire tail. According to statistics released by the kennel club, cavaliers are the sixth most popular dog in the United Kingdom in 2007 with 11,422 registrations in a single year. The breed is super friendly, affectionate, and good with both children and other pets. They need more human interaction. Sometimes they love to behave as a sporting dog and enjoy hiking, running on the beach, and dog sports.

Height: Male: 30 – 33 cm (Adult), Female: 30 – 33 cm (Adult)

Weight: 5.9 – 8.2 kg

Color: Black & Tan, Tri-color, Blenheim, Ruby

Temperament: Sociable, Affectionate, Patient, Fearless, Playful, Adaptable

Life expectancy: 9-14 years

Shedding: Occasional

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The pug is a breed of unique physical features like wrinkly, short muscled face and curled tail. This breed is known for its cuteness, friendly behavior, and is easy to train. They are good at socializing and their cost of maintenance is low. How can we forget about their adorable expression? They show a range of human-like expressions like surprise, happiness, sadness, scared, curiosity, and many more — that have delighted their owners for centuries. They can live in any climate but the condition shouldn’t be too hot or too cold.

Height: Male: 30 cm, Female: 25 cm

Weight: 6.35 and 8.16 kg

Color: Black, Silver fawn, and fawn shades

Temperament: Docile, Charming, Clever, Stubborn, Sociable, Playful, Quiet, Attentive

Life expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: Regularly



Chihuahua breed is a cute little bundle of joy, known for its intelligence, cuteness, loyalty, sassiness, and many more. They are one of the most lovable breed and loves to be with you as they need more pampering than other dogs. They require minimum exercise and grooming. Chihuahua has a reputation of snapping on others and children because of their small little size. They are the attention seeker and can give you unconditional love if treated well.

Height: 15 – 23 cm

Weight: 1.5 – 3 kg

Color: Black, White, Fawn, Cream, Chocolate, Gold

Temperament: Lively, Devoted, Alert, Courageous, Quick

Life expectancy: 14-16 years

Shedding: Occasional



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Labrador is the most popular and famous dog breed in all nations. The Labrador retriever is a medium-large breed of dogs that are known for their sweet and kind behavior for everyone. Intelligence is in their genes and is easy to train. They can easily socialize with other dogs and humans. Labs are very loyal to their owners and their maintenance cost is not very high.

Height: Male: 57–62 cm, Female: 55–60 cm

Weight:  Male: 29–36 kg, Female: 25–32 kg

Color: Black, Yellow, and Chocolate (rare)

Temperament: Even Tempered, Agile, Outgoing, Trusting, Gentle, Intelligent, Kind

Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Shedding: regular


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Golden retriever is a medium-large dog breed that was bred to retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland birds during hunting. They are one of the most beautiful breeds of dogs. The golden retriever is known for their friendliness to adults as well as children. This dog is suitable for all the age groups of children. They are easy to train and their maintenance is not high. And also, they can be left alone with proper precautions taken.

Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm

Weight:  Female: 25–32 kg, Male: 30–34 kg

Color: Light Golden, Dark Golden (common), Golden, Cream

Temperament: Intelligent, Reliable, Kind, Trustworthy, Friendly, Confident

Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Shedding: seasonal


Irish Setter

The Irish setter is a setter, a breed of gundog, and a family dog. They are nice and friendly with the family members and the children. but they belong to the hunting roots and require a fair amount of exercise to go well. Irish Setter are known for their friendly behavior and protective nature. They are not difficult to maintain.

Height: Female: 55–62 cm, Male: 58–67 cm

Weight: Female: 24–29 kg, Male: 27–32 kg

Color: Mahogany, Chestnut, Red shades

Temperament: Affectionate, Energetic, Lively, Independent, Companionable, Playful

Life expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: seasonal




The French bulldog is a domestic dog breed. This breed is developed in France (1800s) by combining the toy bulldog imported from England and the local ratters in pairs. They are the friendly dog breed for family and kids. This breed is super energetic, friendly, loyal, intelligent, and many more. They are easy to train as long as you make it seem like a game to him and he will enjoy that. If you are looking for a dog who can be left alone for a long time then this breed is not for you. Socialization is a must for them. They are super loyal to his owner and lovable also.

Height: 11-13 inches

Weight: under 28 pounds

Color: Brindle, Fawn, White, Brindle & White, Tan

Temperament: Affectionate, Easygoing, Lively, Sociable, Alert, Keen, Patient, Bright, Playful, Athletic

Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Shedding: Regularly



The poodle is a formal breed dog that comes in three varieties that is a standard poodle, miniature poodle, and toy poodle. Poodles are elegant, proud, and clever. Behind the impressive hairdos and magnificent attitude, you will find a great loving, fond, devoted, adorable cutie pie. They need quite good exercise to stay healthy. Poodles are very energetic, confident, and friendly with kids and senior citizens. This is not if I call them a fury toy for us, they are such a lovey-dovey babies. Their maintenance cost is at an upper side as they need special grooming.

Height:  Toy Poodle: 24 – 28 cm, Miniature Poodle: 28 – 35 cm, Standard Poodle: 45 – 60 cm, Medium Poodle: 35 – 45 cm

Weight: 20 – 32kg

Color: Black, White, Cream, Sable, Black & White, Blue, Grey, Silver, Brown, Red, Apricot

Temperament: Intelligent, Alert, Active, Faithful, Instinctual, Trainable

Life expectancy: 13-14 years

Shedding: Infrequent



The Boston Terrier breed is originated in the United States of America. Boston “American gentleman” was accepted by the American kennel club in 1893. The modish tuxedo coat leaves a magnificent or impressive look on humans. Their large round eyes can glow with kindness, curiosity, or mischief. Boston is a dog with a natural gift of comedy. Bostonian is a steady source of smiles. They may have been bred for an untamed pit-fighter but now this tiny and cute “American gentleman” is definitely a cute, lovable, adorable, and playful dog.

Height: 38 – 43 cm (At the withers)

Weight: 4.5 – 11kg

Color:  Black & White, Brindle & White, Seal & White

Temperament: Intelligent, Lively, Friendly

Life expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: Infrequent



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The boxer is medium to large short hair breed of dog which is developed in Germany. Boxers are energetic, lovable, intelligent, athletic, and one of the most loyal dog breeds. They are one of the most lovable human companions. These dog breeds do well with children, family members, and other pets. They are of playful temperament which makes them a good family dog. Their maintenance cost is average.

Height: Female: 53–60 cm, Male: 57–63 cm

Weight: Female: 25–29 kg, Male: 27–32 kg

Color: White, Brindle, Fawn

Temperament: Cheerful, Devoted, Intelligent, Energetic, Fearless, Loyal, Bright, Friendly, Playful, Confident, Brave, Calm

Life expectancy: 10 -12 years

Shedding: Occasional


Huskies are medium-large working-class dog breeds. Huskies belong to the Spitz genetic family. They are recognized by their thickly furred coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive marking patterns. Huskies are known for their affectionate behavior. They are fabulous, adorable, intelligent, and lovable family dogs. They do well with children, family members, and other pets. Huskies cannot be allowed to run off without leash during walks. Their maintenance cost is medium to high.

Height: Female: 50–56 cm, Male: 54–60 cm

Weight: Female: 16–23 kg, Male: 20–27 kg

Color: White, Black, Agouti, Piebald, Black & Tan, Splash, Sable, Black & White, Copper, Grey, Silver, Brown, Red

Temperament: Intelligent, Alert, Outgoing, Friendly, Gentle

Life expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: Seasonal ( huskies shed their coat twice a year)



Newfoundland dog is a very good and energetic working dog. Before they became part of the confederation of Canada, only black and Landseer were considered as the proper member of this dog breed. Although their nature is very calm and friendly for humans, children of all age groups and with the other pets also. And he is not as much workaholic compare to another dog breeds but he loves activities and swimming. This cute and sweet noble giant comes among the biggest or largest dogs.

Height: Male: 69–74 cm, Female: 63–69 cm

Weight: Male: 60–70 kg, Female: 45–55 kg

Color: Black, Black & White, Grey, Brown

Temperament:  Sweet-Tempered, Gentle, Trainable

Life expectancy: 8-10 years

Shedding: Seasonal



Bernese mountain dog is a large-sized dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Berners are known for their sweet behavior and warm temperament. They are superb family dogs and go well with the children and with the proper socialization and training, they can be very good with other pets and strangers also. Even Berners are very energetic and they need quite a good exercise for that reason they can’t be cooped up in an apartment for a long. Berners are very versatile working dogs and if you’re going to be a parent of a dog for the very first time beware because they are very energetic and they little bit huge in size.

Height: Male: 64–70 cm, Female: 58–66 cm

Weight: Male: 38–50 kg, Female: 36–48 kg

Color: Black tricolor

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Loyal, Faithful

Life expectancy: 6-8 years

Shedding: Frequent




The beagle is a breed of the small hound as much similar to the breed of a foxhound. This breed is a scent hound that is developed for hunting but is also incredibly sweet and intelligent. These dog breeds made a good companion for humans and their families. They can make a terrific family dog as they are very playful and love to play with children. Beagle needs a good amount of exercise because of its playful nature. Their maintenance cost is also medium. They like to have your attention and are very positive in nature.

Height: Male: 36–41 cm, Female: 33–38 cm

Weight: Male: 10–11 kg, Female: 9–10 kg

Color: Lemon & White, Tri-color, White & Tan, Chocolate Tri, White & Chocolate, Orange & White, Red & White

Temperament: Lemon & White, Tri-color, White & Tan, Chocolate Tri, White & Chocolate, Orange & White, Red & White

Life expectancy: 10-15 years

Shedding: Seasonal



Rhodesian ridgeback breed is bred in the southern Africa region. Its ancestors can be found to the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi which were crossed with the European dogs. Rhodesians are the energetic, powerful, speedy athletic dogs. The terrifying Rhodesians are strong, independent, and strong-willed dogs. They must be trained from their puppyhood for better results. They are one of the best human companions and on top of that are very loyal in nature. Rhodesians are very possessive and protective for their loved ones.

Height: Female: 61–66 cm, Male: 63–69 cm

Weight: Female: 29–34 kg, Male: 36–41 kg

Color: Red Wheaten, Light Wheaten, Wheaten

Temperament: Mischievous, Strong Willed, Intelligent, Dignified, Loyal, Sensitive

Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Shedding: Seasonal



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Collie forms a peculiar type of herding dog breeds, including many types of standardized and landraces breeds. they are mainly originated in Scotland and northern England. This cute, sweet fury baby loves children and loves playing with them. Collies are not one-person dog like many other dogs are. They are possessive and protective for all the family member or their loved ones. He is the magnificent choice of the family dogs. In todays date collie is most likely to be a pampered dog and also, he will get habituated to all kind of environment’s but with a plenty of exercise.  

Height: Male: 60–66 cm, Female: 56–60 cm

Weight: 25-35 kg (male), 22-30 kg (female)

Color: Sable, Mahogany Sable, Shaded Sable, Tri-colored, Blue Merle, Sable Merle, Color Headed White, Double Merle, White

Temperament: Graceful, Devoted, Proud

Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Shedding: Seasonal



Bull Terrier

Bull terrier comes in the terrier family. There is also a miniature, tiny or pocket-sized breed of this breed which is officially known as the miniature bull terrier. The sign of bull terrier breed is an egg-shaped head with erect and pointed ears and also with good humor. Bull terrier are good, gentle, affectionate to the family, and are little protective for their loved ones. They are also very loyal pets and guard the family.

Height: Male: 45 – 55 cm

Weight: Male: 22 – 38 kg

Color: White, Tri-color, Brindle & White, Fawn & White, Red & White, White & Black Brindle

Temperament: Keen, Sweet-Tempered, Active, Protective, Trainable

Life expectancy: 10 – 14 years

Shedding: Seasonal


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The soft coated wheaten terrier is a pure breed derived from Ireland. Wheaten terrier has only two types of coat that is Irish or heavy. The Irish coat is mostly silkier than the heavy one. The sign of these bubbly, cheerful or light-hearted extroverts, and what makes them different from other terriers’ is their silky and wavier coat. They are fun-loving and sturdy behavior make them a good family pet as they do well with children, other pets and even they love strangers They are popular for their friendly nature. They are good with apartment dwellers but because of his coat wheaten need a good grooming.

Height: Male: 46–48 cm, Female: 43–46 cm

Weight: Male: 16–18 kg, Female: 14–16 kg

Color: Wheaten

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Energetic, Spirited, Playful, Faithful

Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Shedding: Infrequent

Today’s Quote –

“A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.” – Robert Benchley

This concludes over the best dog breeds for families and kids in the world. And yes, all the dog breeds are good and every dog can be a family dog with proper training, love, support, and respect. And this is true that the dog is the best friend a human can get. The unconditional love of dogs towards their master is incomparable to any other thing in this materialistic world.

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Well written!! 🙂

Fatehvir Singh Birdi

Bro U explain it very well👌👌❤️

N Kumar

Better than fantastic !

Bhavesh Garg

Rhodesian ridgeback is really amazing .

Mohit Garg

That’s amazing 🙌


Thanks for providing info. 👍👍

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