Here you will find a list of dogs good for families.
Ideally, any dog breed should get along well with every family member including children as long as proper human-and-dog communication and hierarchy are set.
However, kids are often unaware of their own strength and can unintentionally play rough. Therefore, it is very important to supervise any interaction between pets and children, and to teach children to play gently and to respect the animal.
It is also very important that the dog is tolerant enough to patiently withstand some clumsy accidents that can occur during a game while the kid learns to be gentle. This includes, for example, hard patting and tail/ear tugging.
Family dogs should also have enough energy to play for hours but they should not be too rumbustious as it can cause injuries.
While there is a truly great number of dog breeds that can be great for families, we've tried to highlight the most popular ones.
Please remember that a dog's temperament can differ even within the same breed, so every individual will demonstrate its own unique traits. No matter what breed you choose, you should never leave your kid playing with the dog alone. This is for the safety of them both.

Read also: Things Every Dog Owner Should Know, 12 Behaviour Tips For New Dog Owners

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Golden Retriever

Origin: Scotland
Colors: Shades of golden
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Regular
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker

Photo by luckyno3

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Origin: Wales
Colors:
Red, sable, fawn, black and tan
Size: Medium
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



Photo by Chris Jimenez

West Highland White Terrier

Origin: Scotland
Colors:
White
Size: Small
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Vigorous
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Can be slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Likes to bark



Photo by Margus Palu

Irish Setter

Origin: Ireland
Colors: Mahogany or rich chestnut red
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Vigorous
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker



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Miniature Schnauzer

Origin: Germany
Colors:
Salt-and-pepper, black, black-and-silver
Size: Small
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



Photo by Liz West

Labrador Retriever

Origin: Canada
Colors:
Solid black, yellow, chocolate
Size: Large
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Regular
Grooming:
Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



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Poodle

Origin: Germany / France
Colors: All solid colors
Size: Small to large depending on the variety
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Noise: Average barker



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Bichon Frise

Origin: Mediterranean area
Colors: White
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Daily
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker



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Basset Hound

Origin: France
Colors: Tri-color, red & white, honey/lemon & white, blue/grey, black & tan
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker, but can bay



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Beagle

Origin: England
Colors: Tri-color, red and white, orange and white, lemon and white
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark



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Boxer

Origin: Germany
Colors: Fawn or brindle, sometimes with white markings
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Not a barker

Breed video: Boxer



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Collie

Origin: Scotland
Colors: Sable and white, tri-color, blue merle or predominantly white with markings
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Extensive
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark

Breed video: Collie



Photo by Donald Scott

Shetland Sheepdog

Origin: Scotland
Colors: Blue merle, sable and black with variations in white and/or tan
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark



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Boston Terrier

Origin: United States
Colors: Brindle-and-white, black-and-white
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Average barker



Photo by © Christine Anderson

Pug

Origin: China
Colors: Fawn, black or silver with black mask
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Usually not dog-aggressive
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker



Photo by mastahanky

Newfoundland

Origin: Canada / England
Colors:
Black, brown, grey, landseer (white with black)
Size: Extra large
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark



Photo by © Charlotte Reeves

English Cocker Spaniel

Origin: England
Colors:
Solid black, liver, red, parti-colour combinations
Size: Medium
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: Low
Noise: Average barker



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